On Friday, March 3, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Brahms-themed repertoire together with conductor Markus Bosch, at Kolarac Hall, starting from 8 p.m. Two outstanding Serbian musicians, violinist Stanko Madic and cellist Nemanja Stankovic, will execute Brahms’s Double Concerto as soloists.
The philharmonic season On the Right Track will arrive in Hamburg on Friday, the city associated with a large number of composers from the Baroque to the contemporary era. Yet, Johannes Brahms has left the biggest mark on the musical history of this port city. Directed by Markus Bosch, one of the most prominent figures on the German conducting scene and a highly sought-after guest conductor around the world, the orchestra will performs three colossal works by Brahms in different genres –
Tragic Overture, Double Concerto and Symphony No. 4.
The audience will have the special pleasure of hearing Serbian music stars of the younger generation as soloists – violinist Stanko Madic, concertmaster of the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Rundfunk, and cellist Nemanja Stankovic, well-known soloist around Europe, and whom the philharmonic audience knows well as a former principal cellist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Both artists have established rich solo careers, with distinguished orchestral and chamber performances, in pedagogical work as well as recordings.
In addition to their impressive solo skills, Stanko Madic and Nemanja Stankovic will also demonstrate their musical friendship at the BPO’s concert dedicated to Brahms. The Double Concerto is the last orchestral work by Brahms, composed for two of his colleagues: violinist Joseph Joachim and cellist Robert Hausmann. After a certain dispute, the long-term faithful friendship between Brahms and Joachim was broken, so Brahms saw it fit to write this piece as an act of reconciliation between the two musicians.
The concert, which clearly answers the famous question Do you love Brahms?, opens with Tragic Overture, climaxing with Symphony No. 4, a favorite of many and the composer’s last symphonic work, which premiered under Brahms’ baton in 1885.