Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Freedom & Joy
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About this event
“This program encapsulates the emotional journey we have experienced from 2020 to 2021—from isolation to reunion and jubilation. So, the concert begins with a duet and concludes with a full symphony. Brahms’ Scherzo for violin and piano is based on the Romantic motto frei aber einsam (“free but lonely”) or, in musical terms, F-A-E. Eventually, we were able to open up more and began the transition to a new normal. Andrew Norman’s Suspend explores two mottos: F-A-E and F-A-F, frei aber froh (“free but happy”). The concerto starts with F-A-E and morphs into F-A-F, like the symbolic journey we all experienced. We reach the apotheosis with Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, which fully explores the F-A-F motto and abounds with joyful energy. But unlike all the other Brahms symphonies, not a single movement ends with triumph or finality. Instead, it asks us a question: what’s next? Over the last year (2020-2021) we embarked on an unintended journey. But where do we go from here? We have to invent the future, and it is for each of us to find the right answers.” – Louis Langrée, Music Director
This stream is available to watch until December 31, 2023.
Concert – approx. 68 min programme
Louis Langrée, conductor
Stefani Matsuo, violin
Drew Petersen, piano
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
JOHANNES BRAHMS: F-A-E Sonata, Scherzo
ANDREW NORMAN: Suspend, a fantasy for piano and orchestra
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3
This event was recorded live at Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
Available until Sun, Dec 31, 2023 - 10:59 PM
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