The Fourth is Brahms' final and greatest symphony. Here, Brahms takes flight, as he melds the soaring sounds of Romanticism
to classical structure in a constantly evolving drama.
Brahms premiered the symphony with a small orchestra of 48 musicians, which he declined to augment. We follow his lead
and perform with wind instruments from Brahms' time.
Steven Isserlis is one of our favourite collaborators – the epitome of the intelligent and passionate cellist.
There could be no better soloist for Dvorák's ardent and much-loved concerto. Isserlis first played it as
a child. "I used to think it was so joyous," he says. "As I've got older, the more tragic it seems."
The Melbourne performances of Brahms 4 & Isserlis are a co-presentation with Melbourne Festival.
The Melbourne performance on Sun 20 Oct features a free post-concert talk with Richard Tognetti and Steven Isserlis in
conversation with Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in London.