Brahms's "Double" Concerto

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Donald Runnicles - Conductor

David Kim - Violin

Hai-Ye Ni - Cello

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Mozart - Symphony No. 29

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Brahms - Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra ("Double")

Strauss - Don Juan

Friday, October 23, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Why didn't Brahms write a cello concerto? This is his cello concerto, says Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni, who grabs the spotlight in the virtuosic opening cadenza. The bold and soaring "Double" Concerto is one of Brahms's most popular works. How do these two Philadelphia Orchestra virtuosos describe it? A big, monumental work that's "also like chamber music," says Ni. "The solo parts are difficult. The orchestra parts are difficult," adds Kim. "It is really hard!" (And not performed by the Orchestra on subscription concerts in nearly 20 years!) Strauss's tone poems are also great showpieces for this orchestra, and Don Juan--with its oboe solos, sonorous horns, and heralding trumpets--is no exception. Mozart's exuberant early Symphony No. 29 (written at age 18) lays the groundwork for this German-Austrian tableau.

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