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The Philharmonia Orchestra: Brahms & Beethoven with Isabelle Faust

London, Southbank Centre — Royal Festival Hall

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About the Event

Experience the enchanting melodies of classical music by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven in the highly‐anticipated concert at London's prestigious Southbank Centre. Renowned soloist Isabelle Faust describes Beethoven's Violin Concerto as a masterpiece of the violin repertoire, setting the stage for a captivating evening of music.

Faust and conductor Philippe Herreweghe, known for their insightful interpretations, invite the audience to delve into the historical context of each piece. From the compelling timpani strokes that open the concert to the vibrant finale, their dedication brings out the brilliance of Beethoven's work in a subtle and genuine manner.

Brahms's Fourth Symphony showcases the composer's exceptional talent and emotional depth. Though Brahms referred to it as his "sad symphony," the composition reveals a wide emotional spectrum and intricate structural complexity. As critic Eduard Hanslick aptly put it, the symphony is like a dark well that reflects the stars more brightly the longer one gazes into it.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Concerto
  • Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 4
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe is a Belgian conductor. He is principally known as a conductor of Johann Sebastian Bach, the German composer who wrote over one thousand works. He is regarded by leading Bach scholars today as a founding father of the baroque authentic practice, original instrument movement and one of record label Harmonia Mundi's most prolific recording artists, with over sixty albums to his name. His early training as a chorister and assistant choirmaster in a Jesuit school was complemented by piano studies at the Ghent Conservatory. At university Herreweghe studied psychiatry and formed a 12‐person choir devoted to the revolutionary performing practices of Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and the Kuijken brothers.

Violin: Isabelle Faust

German born violinist Isabelle Faust is a highly sought‐after performer with an extensive repertoire of both solo and chamber music. She has been developing her exciting musical style since beginning her studies at age 5, and discovered a particular love for chamber music, having founded her first string quartet at the tender age of 11. Ms. Faust continues to seek a dialogue and exchange of musical ideas, in performances of all types, and it is the result of these musical dialogues which create her unforgettable concerts. Isabelle Faust performs on a Stradivarius violin from 1704, known as the 'Sleeping Beauty Violin.'

'Her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism …'
New York Times

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra London

The Philharmonia Orchestra is an orchestra based in London.

The orchestra was founded in 1945 by Walter Legge, and although it gave live concerts occasionally, it was mainly intended to be a recording orchestra for EMI, where Legge was an executive. Thomas Beecham led its debut concert in 1946, but he was rejected as the orchestra's principal conductor, following his attempts to take control of the orchestra and change its name. Beecham instead went on to found the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


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