Johannes Brahms admired Antonín Dvořák for his talent. “His musical left-overs would be enough for any other composer to piece together a principal theme,” was Brahms’ way of paying tribute to his colleague’s rich store of ideas. While Brahms constantly had to battle with himself and his compositions– the Damocles sword of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony hung over his head and that of the European music scene to such an extent that he abandoned his First Symphony multiple times – beautiful melodies just seemed to come to Dvořák. On the other hand, the acquaintance with Brahms was worth its weight in gold to Dvořák. His well-established colleague helped him to gain a foothold with the music publisher Simrock. One of the first works published by the company in 1877 was the Symphonic Variations.
Symphonic Variations in C major, op. 78
Bernd Alois Zimmermann
“Nobody knows de trouble I see”, Trumpet Concerto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68
- Simon Höfele
- Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra
- Daniel Cohen
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