Brahms at the Ready

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The orchestra rehearsed Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” on Wednesday afternoon. Next up: Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, with Yefim Bronfman, Thursday morning. David Robertson had the score at the ready in his office.



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It’s August, the month in which the reality of the new season calls for significant mental adjustments for many of us working at Powell Hall. The pace shifts. I begin to type faster. Next thing you know Shannon Wood will be starting off Brahms’ Piano No. 1 with that dramatic timpani part, the strings will shiver beneath, and Yefim Bronfman will muscle his way in on the solo piano. So it will begin.

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim took a moment during his summer days to send me his thoughts about opening weekend:

“Robertson/Bronfman is always a formidable pair and this program is going to be a barn burner! Anytime one can hear Yefim Bronfman perform Brahms is a treat. He has the power and musical insight to bring out all of the nuances from this great piano concerto. Plus, Erin Schreiber plays The Lark Ascending, ¬†one of the most hauntingly beautiful violin solo pieces around!”

Erin Schreiber plays Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending" on Opening Weekend.
Erin Schreiber plays Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” on Opening Weekend.

Thanks for the late-summer inspiration, Bjorn. The theme at Powell for August: Get ready.