Music: Brahms for Brahmins

Boston last week had six days of music by great Johannes Brahms. The first program began rather pompously with the Academic Festival Overture, a symphonic composite of German student songs written by Brahms as a thank-you for the Ph. D. degree conferred on him by the University of Breslau. There followed, during the Festival's course, the four symphonies— the impassioned First, the pastoral Second, the heroic Third, the peaceful, elegiac Fourth; then the Variations on a theme by Haydn—cold, sparkling music for Brahms to have written; then the two piano concertos, Song...

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