Australian pianist Daniel de Borah performs Brahms’ stormy First Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4 with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conductor Benjamin Northey.
The young Brahms’ stormy First Piano Concerto is an epic, quasi-symphonic work, written under the shadow of his friend Schumann’s suicide attempt. Emotionally intense and, at 44 minutes, the longest concerto since Beethoven’s, Clara Schumann was its first champion.
Tchaikovsky unburdened his soul in his Fourth Symphony like a poet in verse. Seriously depressed at the time following his catastrophic marital crisis, he declares its mood and fateful intentions from the start with the opening horn fanfares.
The finale is almost shockingly hyperactive as Tchaikovsky unleashes the full force of the orchestra in a manic, falsely festive theme and variations on a Russian folksong. Frenzied plucking strings and rushing scales race headlong to the exhilarating conclusion.