Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
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Reflective and mournful, yet optimistic, this program reveals artists at important turning points. Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms is a moving elegy written shortly after the passing of her mother. Schumann's richly Romantic symphony was written on the edge of his eventual madness and collapse. Following the lukewarm reception for his first concerto, Brahms waited 22 years before penning the second. Here, as performed by virtuoso Hélène Grimaud, it was clearly worth the wait: an expansive meditation on Brahms' life and the promise of the future.