14/11/2008

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

  • Johannes Brahms
    Symphony No. 3 (00:41:47)

  • Johannes Brahms
    Symphony No. 4 (00:45:31)

“Aimez-vous Brahms?”, the French author Françoise Sagan asked her readers in 1959. Two years later, France and the rest of the world were suddenly hit by a true Brahms fever when the novel was made into a film titled “Goodbye Again”, with Ingrid Bergmann, Yves Montand and Anthony Perkins. Director Anatole Litvak chose a melody from the third movement of Johannes Brahms’ Third Symphony from 1883 as the theme for his cinematic masterpiece. Et voilà: all clichés of Brahms’ music being “chaste” or “academic” vanished into thin air. The broad audience’s attention was drawn to the composer’s extensive work, at the same time opening the world of classical music to people, who had never before set foot inside a concert hall. However, this concert will not only delight classical music novices. The interpretation that the Berliner Philharmoniker and their principle conductor Sir Simon Rattle present of Brahms’ fourth and last symphony – enthusiastically celebrated by the public and press – allows us to relive how Brahms completed his symphonic oeuvre with a brilliant final stroke.

EMISir Simon Rattle appears by kind permission of EMI Classics.