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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 @ 8PM Pre-concert lecture by alan Chapman, 7pm segerstrom Center for the arts renée and henry segerstrom Concert hall


Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Johannes BrahMs (1833-1897)

Maestoso Adagio Rondo: Allegro non troppo Hélène Grimaud, piano


symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Pyotr Ilyich TChaIkOvsky (1840-1893)

Andante – Allegro con anima Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza Valse: Allegro moderato Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace

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BraHmS and tCHaikOVSkY Brahms and Tchaikovsky met in Leipzig in 1888, the year Tchaikovsky wrote his Fifth Symphony. While they were cordial, they did not care for each other musically and personally (Tchaikovsky called Brahms a “self-inflated mediocrity”). Both men, though, became famous in their lifetimes and are now considered giants of the Romantic era. The works on tonight’s program were greeted with rocky premieres but have since become staples of the classical repertoire. BraHmS: PianO COnCertO nO. 1 In 1853, the 20-year-old Johannes Brahms visited his musical idol Robert Schumann and his wife Clara at their Düsseldorf home. Both Schumanns were enthralled with what they heard. Clara called Brahms “a gift from God.” Schumann called him “a genius” and declared him the successor to Beethoven. Brahms, who had only composed a handful of piano pieces and songs but no orchestral works, was flattered yet terrified at Schumann’s public pronouncement. Brahms also knew that if he were to carry the mantle of Beethoven, then he had to begin writing for the orchestra. Shortly after this, Brahms wrote a three-movement work for two pianos in the key of D minor. Clara called it “veiled symphony.” Brahms began orches-

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