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
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'
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.