For the first time in its history, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is performing in the beautiful coastal city of Naples, Florida. The orchestra performs two classics of the symphonic repertoire - Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Brahms's Symphony No. 4. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad praised as 'grand and compelling' the RCO's November 2017 performance of Brahms's Symphony No. 1. Needless to say, expectations are high for the Fourth, which according to some is Brahms's magnum opus.
Before Brahms's Fourth Symphony, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has the floor, whom Brahms praised to the heavens. Mozart's turbulent Symphony No. 40 is often called 'pre-Romantic' because of its expressive, personal musical language and unusual minor key. However, it has a different effect on every listener. Robert Schumann, for his part, felt the work was one of 'Greek lightness and elegance', while others are particularly struck by its tragedy.