BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D 180g LP
George Szell conducts Brahms' Violin Concerto in D.
English audiences were among the very first to recognize the genius of the
Brahms violin concerto. Brahms was not a great traveler, for the most
prosaic of reasons. He feared sea-sickness and was a poor linguist.
He visited Holland and Switzerland where there were few if any language
difficulties, and he loved Italy. But he could not be persuaded to cross
Born in Hamburg in 1833, Brahms was 46 when the violin concerto was first
performed in 1879, at a Gewandhaus Concert in Leipzig with Joachim as soloist
and composer conducting. He was then at the summit of his career as an
orchestral composer. The first two symphonies and the first piano concerto
had already been written and the other two symphonies, the second piano concerto
and the double concerto followed during the next eight or nine years.
Brahms first went to Portschach in 1877 and the second symphony was the result.
In 1878 he went again and wrote the violin concerto. His last holiday at
Portschach was in 1879 and produced the gracious first sonata for violin and
piano. He did not go again because the village was becoming too popular
with tourists for his liking.
George Szell, conductor
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Violin Concerto in D
1. 1st Movement - Allegro non troppo - Cadenza - Tempo 1
2. 2nd Movement: Adagio
3. 3rd Movement: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace