Essentials: Brahms

John Eliot Gardiner conducts choral works and Symphony No. 3

Sir John Elliott Gardiner juxtaposes Brahms’s choral works with his Third Symphony. Because in Brahms’s music, everything sings!

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Sir John Elliott Gardiner juxtaposes Brahms’s choral works with his Third Symphony. Because in Brahms’s music, everything sings!

Brahms’s experience with choral music resonates in his symphonies.

Concert programme

  • Johannes Brahms

    Nänie

  • Johannes Brahms

    Gesang der Parzen

  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 3

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About this concert

The Essentials Series introduces you to the masterpieces every music lover should know, performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra and given a lively introduction by the incomparable Thomas Vanderveken. The British conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner is leading the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Brahms’s autumnal Symphony No. 3. Everything sings in this symphony! With his very own Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner is pairing the symphony with a number of Brahms’s choral works. 

Brahms’s experience with choral music resonates in his symphonies. He was barely fourteen years old when he first led a local male choir. The gentlemen even performed works by their young conductor. Brahms later founded his own women’s choir, thereby gaining invaluable experience as a conductor and composer. He chose rigorous Renaissance and Baroque composers as his models, yet dressed this tradition in an unmistakably romantic guise.