JOHANNES BRAHMS

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

The Symphony No. 2 by the great Western composer Johannes Brahms is one of the most joyful of his mature compositions, often referred to as Pastoral, a reference to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. The composer himself considered it his most melancholic work. This monumental score was completed in 1877, while the composer was vacationing in the Carinthian region of Austria, on the beautiful Lake Wert. The Second Symphony is filled with exhilaration, sunny lyricism, poetic natural landscapes and optimistic serenity; the heroic pathos of the First Symphony is not to be heard here. The work was premiered on 30 December 1877 at the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by the famous German conductor Hans Richter. After a highly successful premiere, accompanied by thunderous applause from the audience, the graceful and idyllic third movement, Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino), had to be repeated.

Brahms’ colourful symphonic canvas is presented by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Giedrė Šlekytė, a conductor of the young generation conquering the world stages, is gracing the conductor’s podium.

PUBLISHED: 2022-04-23

ORCHESTRA:  LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CONDUCTOR: GIEDRĖ ŠLĖKYTĖ