The South Korean conductor Myung-whun Chung is leading the Concertgebouworkest in Brahms’s Fourth Symphony and Sibelius’s poetic Violin Concerto, with the orchestra’s concertmaster Liviu Prunaru as soloist.
While all Brahms’s four symphonies are masterpieces, the Fourth is considered to be the high point of his oeuvre. The first and last movements contain so many ideas that they could almost be characterised as free-standing symphonies in their own right. There are many nods to Beethoven, while the finale is an ode to Bach. Myung-whun Chung has demonstrated many times his close ties with the German Romantic repertoire at the helm of the Concertgebouworkest.
A soloist from the orchestra’s own ranks is taking to the stage to perform Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto: concertmaster Liviu Prunaru. His velvety touch is perfect for Sibelius’s concerto, which is less about technical acrobatics than it is about poetry. The violin seems to drift through the orchestral landscape musing and singing. The sometimes improvisatory style of the violin part has earned the work a special place in the violin repertoire.