Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 is the essential masterpiece featured on the first Essentials concert of the 2019–20 season.
While all Brahms’s four symphonies are masterpieces, the Fourth is considered to be the high point of his œuvre and is like a microcosm showcasing his mastery of the symphonic medium. The first and last movements contain so many ideas that they could almost be characterised as free-standing symphonies in their own right. In the Fourth, we hear several nods to Brahms’s great idol Beethoven, while the finale is an ode to Bach.
Three times a year, the Essentials Series focuses on an essential masterwork, a piece of music every music lover should know, performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and introduced by the lively presenter Thomas Vanderveken in his own unique way.