Sergey Khatchatryan plays Brahms
- Robert Schumann Ouvertüre, Scherzo und Finale
- Alphons Diepenbrock Suite Elektra
- Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto
In this concert the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru pay attention to the Netherlands' greatest composer around 1900, Alphons Diepenbrock, who died on 5 April 1921. His music accompanies the Greek tragedy Elektra, in which he was a classical scholar. Brahms' thorough Violin Concerto is on the music stand, a work that in his time was considered unplayable by many, 'ein Konzert gegen die Violine'. Then, in his Concert for Orchestra, the Pole Lutosławski treats all orchestra players as virtuosos. The simultaneous use of opposing time signatures and rhythms is a symbol of peaceful coexistence. Is it strange that the work was premiered not long after Stalin's death?