Schönberg | Transfigured Night
Brahms | Symphony No. 4 in E minor
Conducted by | Stanislav Kochanovsky
Kochanovsky is a regular guest here: although the world keeps offering him shinier and shinier stages, he keeps returning to us faithfully, even at the threshold of world fame. Schönberg, but not that way – this is the Transfigured Night. The most romantic music ever written; the weird thing is that it was written by the same person who put Romanticism to the grave (or at least this is what people think of him). We have seldom performed Brahms – it is a great challenge, for every tone, breathing, tow shift counts: the passion stemming from the romance of elegance and accuracy poses a demanding challenge for any orchestra. Fortune favors the bold, so in this season we are going to perform two symphonies: the lustrous second, then the fourth including perhaps the most beautiful overture of the literature of simphonies. Do you like Brahms? Sceptics should wait with the answer at least until the end of the concert.