One of my very first CDs I had as a child was the recording of Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin and cello. I’ve craved the opportunity to perform this piece for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled that my first time on stage with the work will be next Friday with Lawrence Golan and the Denver Philharmonic at Hopeless Romantics.
After hearing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Brahms said famously, from his deathbed, “Why on earth didn’t I know one could write a cello concerto like this? If I’d only known, I’d have written one long ago!”
Alas, there is no solo cello concerto composed by Brahms… however, we are beyond lucky to have his Double Concerto for violin and cello in our repertoire. The dialogue between the two solo voices makes this concerto unique. The two soloists need to play very often as one being — simultaneously aware and connected to all of the important voices throughout the orchestra.
And yet, the emotional content is what makes this concerto truly compelling. As with many works by Brahms, the Double Concerto has a way of pulling on your heart strings with rich melodic content and a huge range of feelings and characters.
Looking forward to seeing you there!