Brahms's musical education had been deeply influenced by the classical tradition, and the formal structure of this Violin concerto in D op. 77 refers back to this very tradition. What is new is Brahms's understanding of the role of the orchestra and of the solo instrument: he develops the form that was later described as “symphonic concerto” in which the orchestra and the soloist participate equally in the exposition and development of the thematic material of a movement. The genesis of Schumann's Fourth Symphony in D minor, op. 120, began 37 years before Brahms's Violin Concerto. Arabella Steinbacher's career was launched in 2004 with an extraordinary and unexpected debut in Paris, when she stepped in on short notice for an ailing colleague and performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner. The New York Times reports that she plays with, “Balanced lyricism and fire – among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres”. A recording with the Wiener Symphoniker conducted by Fabio Luisi.