Sunlight and Storm Clouds: London Philharmonic Orchestra
From the pounding heartbeats of its opening to the heaven-storming triumph of its closing bars, this is a symphony written in blood and tears; a fitting challenge for the great Viennese conductor Manfred Honeck.
First though, comes another, gentler side of Brahms' genius, as the winner of both the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, Ray Chen, scales the peaks of Brahms' Violin Concerto: refreshment for the spirit, bathed in Alpine sunlight.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Ray Chen, violin
RepertoireJohannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.1