Dudamel conducts Brahms' Second

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About This Performance

This performance is part of Brahms Unbound, May 5 - June 5 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

After many years spent writing his First Symphony, Brahms was able to compose his Second quickly, in the summer of 1877. Even with moments of solemnity and darkness, the Symphony’s overall effect is radiant and bucolic. The Second is the only one of the four symphonies to employ a tuba along with its three trombones.

The first movement is enormous by any standard. The second (slow) movement is complex and chromatic, beautiful, and serious. The third movement is moderately paced “scherzo substitute” (like that of the First Symphony), and the shortest movement in all his symphonies. The finale is joyous and extroverted and may well be the composer’s most satisfying conclusion. The work remains an audience favorite.

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Upbeat Live: pre-concert talks

  • Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 7:00pm

Russell Steinberg

Russell Steinberg, composer, conductor and performer. Mr. Steinberg is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, and is on the faculty at UCLA.