Program Notes & Works
Piano Concerto No. 2
It was the last work Brahms added to his repertory as a pianist, and for someone who had long given up regular practicing to have gotten through it at all is amazing.
Pulse is an exuberant display of expressive virtuosity: a demonstration of Nabors’s ability, like a film composer, to shift emotional gears quickly while strongly maintaining the thread of the musical narrative.
Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Rimsky-Korsakov and his crowd admired Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 for its extensive use of Ukrainian and Russian folk tunes as basic thematic material.