May 1-5, All-Brahms Program

[Emanuel Ax]

Bernard Haitink conducts an all-Brahms PROGRAM featuring pianist Emanuel Ax
BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads the final series of the 2017-18 season, an all-Brahms program featuring beloved pianist Emanuel Ax in the composer's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2.

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  1. Brian Bell provides a 60 second summary of the program of May 1, 3, 5, 2018.
  2. Audio concert preview written by Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer.

Bernard Haitink, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM
Piano Concerto No. 2 (48 min)
Symphony No. 2 (44 min)

BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads the final series of the 2017-18 season, an all-Brahms program featuring beloved pianist Emanuel Ax in the composer's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2. The turbulent First, the Second Concerto is a magisterial, far-ranging work of symphonic proportions, in four movements rather than a typical concerto's three. Brahms's Symphony No. 2 was composed relatively quickly in 1877, following his extended, years-long effort to complete the long-awaited First. The lilting Second Symphony is generally regarded as the most genial and relaxed of Brahms's four great works in the genre.