Festival Brahms

Music lovers far and wide are invited to join the OSM and Kent Nagano for a celebration of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): four concerts, four days, and all four symphonies. We have created a novel program consisting of all four symphonies that set the stage for the silent films and four contemporary works that will accompany them. Concertos by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mozart, and Richard Strauss add a final touch of colour to this assortment of sights and sounds. These concerts promises to bring Brahms’ voice to life, in harmony with the musical voices of today

BRAHMS and the ART OF FILM week

Brahms and the Art of Film: Symphony no. 1

With his magnificent First Symphony, sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth,” it is considered that Brahms picked up the torch for the great symphonic tradition. Rounding out the program will be one of Mozart’s best-known concertos, performed by the astonishingly talented Veronika Eberle, and a commission by Simon Bertrand for bass clarinet and orchestra.

With screening of Pas de deux (1968), by Norman McLaren (Office national du film)


Brahms and the Art of Film: Symphony no. 2

Newly smitten with the symphonic genre, Brahms composed his Symphony no. 2 in less than a year. Irresistibly seductive from the opening bars, the work revealed a more classical side of the composer, and its success eclipsed that of the First Symphony. Influenced by Brahms, R. Strauss composed Burlesque for piano and orchestra, which is characterized by both humor and whimsy.

With projection of Vogue la rivière by Mathias Arroyo-Bégin (Concordia Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema)

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8 2019, 7:00 P.M

Brahms and the Art of Film: Symphony no. 3

At the time of its creation, the success of Brahms’ Symphony no. 3 could be felt all the way to America. Even while it evokes a whole range of feelings, it is the heroism emerging from the work that makes it so stirring. World-renowned soloist Veronika Eberle completes the program with Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, a work invested with rich Slavic sonorities.

With screening of Hunger (1973) by Peter Foldès (Office national du film)


Brahms and the Art of Film: Symphony no. 4

The OSM presents Brahms’ final orchestral work, his Symphony no. 4, which reveals the full weight of the composer’s torment and fervour. A true masterpiece of the piano repertoire, Beethoven’s Concerto no. 4 will be performed by the renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will perform a true masterpiece of the piano repertoire, Beethoven’s Concerto no. 4.

With projection of the film Nails (1973), by Phillip Borsos (Office national du film)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10 2019, 2:30 P.M