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Afkham, Sorokow, Ferrandez / Brahms, Dvorák

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The Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms, the composer’s final concerto, is unique in Western musical history in its combination of violin, cello and orchestra. Which may be why the response at the premiere in 1887 was less than enthusiastic. Critics complained of the combination of two solo voices: two heroes in one piece would be bound to steal the show from each other. But the charm of this concerto is in the tightly woven dialogue between the two solo parts. They have to respond to each other musically in such a way that the impression is of something that has grown together organically and breathes naturally – as if it were not two different instruments playing together but, as Brahms once humorously commented, a single “eight-stringed giant fiddle”. The perfect soloists for this double role have been found in the form of violinist Anton Sorokow and cellist Pablo Ferrandez, who perform in the three concerts, with Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony to follow. David Afkham conducts.


Anton Sorokow 
Pablo Ferrandez 
Wiener Symphoniker


Johannes Brahms
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in a minor op. 102 "Double concerto"
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in a minor op. 102 "Double concerto"
1st movement: Allegro
2nd movement: Andante
3rd movement: Vivace non troppo
Composer: ***
Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No. 7 in d minor op. 70
Symphony No. 7 in d minor op. 70
1st movement: Allegro maestoso
2nd movement: Poco Adagio
3rd movement: Scherzo. Vivace – Poco meno mosso
4th movement: Finale. Allegro



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