The Great C Major

Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Walter Weller conductor
Dejan Lazic piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 42′
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (The Great) 57′

Dejan Lazic’s encore – Schumann –

The greatest symphony Brahms never wrote – and the Great symphony Schubert nearly didn’t! Both composers step beyond the stereotype in this blockbuster programme. Forget about Brahms the grumpy old man; his First Piano Concerto is the work of a young genius in (unrequited) love, driven by an almost volcanic passion. And if you think Schubert only did songs, think again: his Great C major Symphony is a huge, gloriously sunny celebration of life, so ambitious in scale that for years after his death, orchestras couldn’t even get to the end of it. No worries on that score today. Veteran Viennese maestro Walter Weller has loved this music all his life – and the young Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic is fast acquiring a reputation to match.

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

…     “And that relationship was renewed in a magisterial account of Schubert’s Symphony no.9, strings digging in deeply and happy to endure the ridiculous motoristic demands of the finale, woodwind gurgling away joyously in the scherzo, trombones contributing their sonority with a fetching lightness of touch.”     …