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Leader, Bertram Lewis
Conductor, Richard Austin
Solo pianoforte, Edwin Fischer from the Pavilion, Bournemouth
Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, in D minor was composed during the years 1853-8. It was his first work of really large dimensions. ' It is in reality', says Kalbeck, ' his first symphony and was also conceived as such. Merely disguised as a sonata for two pianos, it ultimately emerged as a piano concerto, but the latter took the form of a symphony with piano obbligato and, in this form, ushered in a new type of composition ... The grandiose opening of the Concerto-with its rolling drum-held organ points and its sinister leaping principal subject, on which, like a mighty shiver convulsing the whole orchestra, the ensuing jerky trills are grafted - originates in Brahms visualising Schumann's attempt at suicide by throwing himself in the Rhine
It is supposed by Kalbeck that the original symphony from which this concerto is mainly derived was intended to represent in terms of music the spiritual story of the Schumann tragedy. It will be remembered that Schumann was one of Brahms's greatest friends and before he died in a lunatic asylum he attempted suicide by throwing himself in the Rhine.
The underlying idea of Debussy's ' Fetes ', the second of three Nocturnes for orchestra, is ' the movement, the dance-rhythm of the atmosphere, with flashes of sudden radiance. There is also the episode of a procession, a dazzling and entirely imaginary vision, which passes through this atmospheric festivity and becomes absorbed in it. But the background remains. The festivity continues with its blending of music with luminous dust participating in the rhythm of the whole '.


Leader: Bertram Lewis
Pianoforte: Edwin Fischer
Soloist: Edwin Fischer

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