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Brahms Series: Philharmonia Orchestra

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Southbank Centre, South Bank

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Brahms Series: Philharmonia Orchestra

It's all about the 19th century's most conservative game-changer

This series of classical concerts in the Royal Festival Hall concentrates on Brahms, the innovative but infamously grumpy composer who became one of the leaders of 19th century music. Brahms may have taken a traditional route, but in many ways he shook up the system. He often ended his works softly, taking audiences by surprise, or presented Romantic concertos with two soloists sharing the spotlight. Crazy stuff, in the 1800s. Tonight, the Philharmonia Orchestra brings Brahms and his quirks back to life. Prominent Dutch conductor Jac van Steen steps in to maestro mode. Seating allocated on arrival. There’s also a free pre-concert talk from 6pm.

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