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From 8 June to 6 July, the series of concerts dedicated to the composer Johannes Brahms with maestro Zubin Mehta on the podium and four important soloists on the international scene.

First appointment: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 8 pm. On the program: the Concert in D major for violin and orchestra Op. 77 and the Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms.
Soloist: Pinchas Zukerman.
Maestro Mehta will be in Athens on June 14th with the great violinist and the Orchestra del Maggio.

Florence 8 May 2021 – The 83rd edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival continues with a cycle of five concerts, from 8 June to 6 July, dedicated to the composer Johannes Brahms. On the podium, Maestro Zubin Mehta conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. With him on stage, every evening, there will be important internationally renowned soloists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, Daniil Trifonov and Daniel Barenboim. First concert of the cycle, today Tuesday 8 June 2021, 8 pm; on the program the Concert in D major for violin and orchestra Op. 77 and the Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. Violinist: Pinchas Zukerman.

In the five appointments, it will be performed not only the four symphonies of the German composer, but also four of his most important concerts: the concerto in D major Op. 77 for violin and orchestra (8 June 2021) with Pinchas Zukerman, the double concert in A minor Op. 102 for violin, cello and orchestra (12 June 2021) with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth, the concert in D minor Op. 15 for piano and orchestra (18 and repeated on 21 June 2021) with Daniil Trifonov and the concert in B flat major Op. 83 for piano and orchestra (6 July 2021) with Daniel Barenboim.

Maestro Zubin Mehta is in Maggio, after a symphonic concert and a triumphal Tosca in concert form at the recent Salzburg Whitsun Festival, with a busy agenda in June which, in addition to the concerts of the Brahms Cycle, also includes the performances of the opera La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi directed by Carlus Padrissa of the Fura dels Baus, which premiered last May 4, with reruns on June 7, 10, 16 and 19, 2021. On June 14, Maestro Mehta will bring the Orchestra del Maggio, with Pinchas Zukerman, to Athens for a symphonic concert with a Brahmsian program in which the concert in D major op. 77 for violin and orchestra and the symphony No. 2 Op 73 in D major.

The program for the evening of June 8 opens with the concert in D major for violin and orchestra Op. 77 composed in a period in which Brahms was experiencing one of his most peaceful and fruitful creative seasons, with the satisfaction of having managed to try his hand – and twice in a row, according to a constant of his way of working – with the Symphony. One of the first reasons for the unrepeatable charm of the concert is in fact the sense of formal tranquility that one breathes almost uninterruptedly, also directly linked to the naturalness with which the vigorous symphony of the score balances itself with the soloist part. In conclusion, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony: the highest and largest, also in terms of size, but above all the most complex and architecturally majestic in which compositional virtuosity is combined with a melancholy-steeped cantability. It is an imposing Symphony, in the size and density of the writing, very rich in the articulation of the orchestral score, immense in the poetic resonances, now tinged with melancholy and autumnal shadows, now with grandiose sound colors.