Gardiner conducts Brahms: Symphony No. 1 & Choral Works
John Eliot Gardiner has long been a champion of Brahms's choral works, and many of them, after all, reveal the composer's great familiarity with Baroque music, which Gardiner has been so intensively involved with since the beginning of his career. This first concert in the conductor's Brahms cycle with the Concertgebouw Orchestra features, among other works, the moving setting of Hölderlin's Schicksalslied, in which the blissful world of the gods is juxtaposed with the suffering and travails of humanity. The second half of the programme consists of Brahms's rousing First Symphony. Completed only after years of toil and doubt, it finally established the composer's reputation as a worthy heir as a symphonist to Beethoven.
- Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , Monteverdi Choir
- John Eliot Gardiner