Gardiner conducts Brahms: Symphony No. 3 & Choral Works
In juxtaposing symphonies and choral works in his Brahms cycle with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner allows some of the composer's little-known vocal works to receive the attention they deserve. In this third programme in the series, choral pieces written over the course of nearly 30 years of Brahms's career frame the Third Symphony. Arguably less popular than its stablemates, the third is characterized by a dramaturgical arc spanning all its four movements, as the Clara Schumann rightly noted: "All the movements [are] as if from one cast, each one a jewel!" – and none is more jewel-like than the enchanting poco allegretto, arguably one of the most beautiful movements in the entire symphonic repertoire.
- Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , Monteverdi Choir
- John Eliot Gardiner