RUSH HOUR #9: BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO
ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
THE DEREK BUTLER CONCERTO SERIES
Cherubini Overture from Médée
Brahms Violin Concerto
Graham Ross conductor
Sujin Park violin
We all have heroes we’d like to emulate, and Brahms was no exception. In the footsteps of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, he saw not only their immense legacy but a challenge. If you couldn’t add to tradition, to help it evolve, then why bother at all? Hence his Violin Concerto, in some ways more akin to a piano concerto thanks to its formidable technical demands, here performed by Southbank Sinfonia member Sujin Park.
From the start it seesaws between turbulent emotion and dreamy lyricism. Then, reaching a Gyspy-infused finale, packages of pure joy are bounced between soloist and orchestra: this is Brahms at his most playful.
BEFORE THE CONCERT
Read Sujin’s blog about memorising the Brahms Violin Concerto:
Hear a preview of the concerto, performed by Christian Tetzlaff and the Berliner Philharmoniker: