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Jean Pougnet (violin)
Zara Nelsova (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
Concerto in A minor, for violin. cello, and orchestra
8.17 app. Symphony No. 2. in D
From the Royal Albert Hall , London
After being firm fnends for many years, Brahms and Joachim became estranged about 1880. and it was Brahms' Double Concerto that brought them together again. Written at Thun in Switzerland in the summer of 1887. the Concerto W his last orchestral work, first performed at Cologne in October of that year, with Joachim and Hausmann as the soloists and Brahms himself conducting. '
Brahms' Second Symphony, written ten years before the Double Concerto, was also the means of effecting a reconciliation; this time between the composer and his native city of Hamburg. In 1862 he had been passed over, as a prospective conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic Society, in favour of his friend Stockhausen; and this rebuff caused him eventually to leave the city and take up residence in Vienna, where his Second Symphony was given for the first time in 1877. But when he conducted the work at Hamburg in the following year, at the fiftieth anniversary of the Philharmonic Society (with Joachim as leader of the orchestra), he was accorded so great an ovation that all past injuries were forgotten. Written at Portschach, a village in Southern Austria, the Symphony (to quote the words of a friend of Brahms) is ' all rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine, and cool green shadows. How beautiful it must be at Portschach!'
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