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On demand: Concert Club III: The War of the Romantics

Join us on 12th September at 19:30 UK time for our next Concert Club event!

Welcome to the third At Home Concert Club, a regular event in which like-minded music fans can get together online and enjoy the fantastic performances in our on demand archive. Scroll down to see the videos, programme and related articles. Join us to watch the concerts, discuss the performances and works and to connect with other classical music lovers!

In the third instalment, our German editor Elisabeth Schwarz curates a programme of Romantic masterpieces. In the feed to the right you can add your thoughts and follow our commentary.

19:30 - Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Skip to 10:00 on the top video and press play.

20:30 - Brahms' Symphony no. 4. Press play on the bottom video.

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Brahms - Fourth Symphony (currently unavailable)

"What a giftless bastard!" Although Tchaikovsky was not directly participating in “The War of the Romantics”, an aesthetic ‘disagreement’ between supporters of a more conservative musical structure, such as Brahms and Clara Schumann, and members of the New German School, prominently represented by Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt, he was clearly not a big fan of Brahms’ work.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Johannes Brahms share a birthday (seven years apart), but “it would be difficult to find two men more unlike” - Anna Brodsky recalls in her book Recollections Of A Russian Home. “Tchaikovsky, a nobleman by birth, had something elegant and refined in his whole bearing and the greatest courtesy of manner. Brahms with his short, rather square figure and powerful head, was an image of strength and energy.” Musically, Brahms preferred absolute music, while Tchaikovsky was arguably a master across all genres, including opera and ballet.

Unlike Tchaikovsky, I adore Brahms. The Poco allegretto of his Third Symphony, his autumnal clarinet works, and especially the opening movement of his Fourth Symphony. But listen and decide for yourself which composer you prefer, or, love them both. Our Russophile English editor and I will surely have a little battle going on tonight…

- Elisabeth Schwarz

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