Brahms Tchaikovsky Scriabin
One of the most significant symphonists of the 19th century Johannes Brahms struggled with the idea about the Symphony No. 1 for more than forty years. Paradoxically, before that he wrote the extensive German Requiem for solos, chorus and orchestra. A second touchstone were the Variations on a Theme by Haydn for orchestra. In this cycle Brahms presents his full ability to master the orchestral apparatus and the symphonic structure. After the initial criticism of his Piano Concerto No. 1 and after a revision of the piece in the year 1879 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky lived to see the fame lasting until today and buckled down to work on the Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major. In fact he already lived through the traumatizing mental crisis, but the music of the Concerto in G major offers besides almost unplayable interpretation rebuses also a catching and explosive optimism and a hilarious merriment. A bit more reserved in expression and in spreading of joy of living is Alexander Scriabin in the rather conventional Symphony No. 2.