Ludwig van Beethoven Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op. 43, Overture
Johannes Brahms Sinfonie Nr. 1 c-Moll, op. 68

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Brahms renders homage to his illustrious predecessor: the 'giant' Beethoven.

“I heard Brahms 1 with Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, live in Salle Pleyel when I was a student at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1990, and the sound of this concert stays in my mind as a gigantic experience” - Stéphane Denève


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Concert livestreamed on December 19, 2020.
In collaboration with Evil Penguin TV.

With the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter.


Johannes Brahms stood for seriousness and tradition, and valued the legacy of his predecessors; and yet the shadow of Beethoven weighed heavily on the shoulders of the young Brahms. It took years of preparation and hesitation before he overcame his uncertainty and let the world hear his First Symphony.

The influence of his illustrious predecessor can be heard very clearly – and that was his intention, for Brahms resolutely opted to render homage. But with this symphony he also emerged definitively from the shadow of ‘his giant’.

programme

Ludwig van Beethoven Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op. 43, Overture
Johannes Brahms Sinfonie Nr. 1 c-Moll, op. 68

“I heard Brahms 1 with Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, live in Salle Pleyel when I was a student at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1990, and the sound of this concert stays in my mind as a gigantic experience” - Stéphane Denève

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symfomania! (8+)

Playing, singing, drawing, listening... and mostly: enjoying Brahms' First Symphony! Discover this fun kit for young music loving do-it-yourselfers.

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BBC podcast

In this episode of BBC's Discovering Music, Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Symphony No. 1.

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wolfgang

Wolfgang is a smartphone app for live classical music. While the orchestra is playing, Wolfgang tells you what is happening ‐ at the very moment ‐ in the music.

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programme book

The program booklet to print at home or to read online.

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musicians

The Brussels Philharmonic musicians on stage for tonight's concert.

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Concert available for on-demand replay until 3 January 2021.