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Bold Tendencies: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Multi-Storey Car Park, Peckham
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Violin player


Maxim Emelyanychev – conductor
Samson Tsoy – piano


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Listen

Power, thrills – and exquisite tenderness.

How do you pack the full range of human feeling into one piece of music? The composer Johannes Brahms found the answer twice: hear Samson Tsoy and the Philharmonia Orchestra take on Brahms’s two piano concertos back to back, in their first ever visit to Bold Tendencies.

We kick off with the First Piano Concerto at 7pm. A real musical rollercoaster, Brahms filled it with all the skills and tricks he’d learned playing piano in Hamburg’s pubs as a teenager. But between the fireworks and excitement there’s a refuge of tranquility in the beautiful central movement. Nowadays the concerto is a virtuosic showpiece for pianists all across the world – the perfect introduction to tonight’s soloist Samson Tsoy.

And at 9pm it’s time for the Second Piano Concerto. Written 23 years after the first, it’s filled to the brim with singalong melodies and massive moments where the full orchestra gets unleashed. It’s a chance to hear everything a piano can do, from awe-inspiring theatrics to more subtle moods. And in the concerto’s third movement it’s time to bring the tissues out – a heartfelt solo cello gently starts us on a journey through one of the most moving ten minutes in all of classical music.

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Running time

1 hour

Recommended age

From 7+

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