“I shall never write a symphony! You can’t have any idea what it’s like to hear such a giant marching behind you.”

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’.

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concert recorded at Flagey on 19 December, 2020
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op. 43, Overture

Johannes Brahms
Sinfonie Nr. 1 c-Moll, op. 68

programme

Ludwig van Beethoven
Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op. 43, Overture

Johannes Brahms
Sinfonie Nr. 1 c-Moll, op. 68


(concert recorded at Flagey on 19 December, 2020)

This event is broadcasted on Podium 19. Podium 19 offers virtual performances and concerts from the Flemish culture houses. More info at www.podium19.be.

“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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This event is broadcasted on Podium 19, a new and free culture channel that you can watch on

Podium 19 offers virtual performances and concerts from the Flemish culture houses. More info at www.podium19.be.

concert in collaboration with Evil Penguin TV
with the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter & Belga Films Fund