Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77 premiered on this day in 1879 – 140 years ago.
The first performance was given by Hungarian virtuoso Joseph Joachim – with Brahms conducting.
Legend has it that Henryk Wieniawski deemed the concerto “unplayable” – and that Pablo de Sarasate refused to play it, as he felt it was indignant to “stand on the rostrum, violin in hand and listen to the oboe playing the only tune in the Adagio”.
JANINE JANSEN | BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO | BERNARD HAITINK & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE
Brahms & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos |CD|
Jascha Heifetz, Violin
Fritz Reiner, Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: July 22, 2016
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