At a time when others were experimenting, Johannes Brahms was a noble guardian of the German music tradition, carefully considering how to bind the past with the future. Though already famous as a composer, it took him a long fourteen years to complete his First Symphony: a magnificent achievement, leading from dark C minor to triumphant C Major.
Soon after its premiere in 1876, it was dubbed ‘Beethoven´s 10th. The Third Symphony, composed when Brahms was already fifty, shows the mature composer in full strength, and in delight of life. From the struggle and drama of the First Symphony to the explosion of joy melting into contemplative lyricism of the Third, this concert of the Qatar Philharmonic, under the baton of Gianluigi Gelmetti, will be a true musical tour-de-force.