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Beethoven Egmont Overture
Strauss Horn Concerto No.2
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Brahms Symphony No.2

When Brahms went on holiday to the Austrian Alps, all his troubles fell away. Imagine a summer landscape of glowing hillsides, flowering meadows and quiet forests; now imagine a symphony so songful and warm that one of its main tunes even sounds just like Brahms’ Lullaby. That’s Brahms’ Second Symphony, and from its tender opening to its ebullient knees-up of a finale, it’s one of those pieces that just make you feel good to be alive. It’s the happy ending to a concert that opens in the triumph and tragedy of Beethoven’s heroic Egmont overture, before throwing seriousness out the window with the delightfully bubbly little concerto that the teenage Richard Strauss wrote for his hornplaying dad.

The soloist tonight is the Katy Woolley, the Philharmonia’s own astonishing young co-principal horn – and the latest in a long line of virtuoso principals in this famous London orchestra. Tugan Sokhiev, music director of the Bolshoi, brings all his dramatic flair.

Pre-Concert talk: in conversation with members of the Philharmonia – Wed 11 Mar 2015 6.15pm. Click here to book online.

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