Written during a summer retreat in 1877, Brahms said in a rascally misleading letter to his publisher that his Second Symphony ‘is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning’.
Nothing could be further from the truth – this symphony is one of the composer’s sunniest and most cheerful works.
Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour’ (Washington Post).
RepertoireWeber: Overture, Oberon