Friday 26 August 2011

Brilliant Brahms at Prom 49

On Saturday evening it was back to The Royal Albert Hall for a celebration of Brahms at BBC Prom 49 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bernard Haitink - conductor and Emanuel Ax - piano. With a programme of Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major and Symphony No.4 in E minor this was definitely a night to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Johannes Brahms.

The previous night I watched the Chamber Orchestra of Europe's first Brahms concert on BBC4 but for the second I'm at The Royal Albert Hall to experience all the excitement live. How wonderful was Emanuel Ax playing the piano in perfect harmony with the Orchestra. It seems that along with Bernard Haitink they are the perfect combination for Brahms.

After the interval we were treated to a brilliant performance of Brahms' Symphony No.4 in E minor which delighted the large audience. Clever and challenging this is a mighty piece of music made even better when played to this high standard. Nights like this make the BBC Proms the best Classical Music Festival in the World.

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