The Orchestre National de France performs Brahms and Berlioz

Emmanuel Krivine conducts the Orchestre National de France performing the "Symphony no.3" by Brahms and "Harold en Italie" by Berlioz with Nicolas Bône (viola). Concert recorded live on 6 June 2019 at the Radio France Auditorium.

Maison de la Radio, Paris

With the four symphonies in mind, Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France created a concert season loosely dedicated to Brahms, highlighting the composer's four symphonic works. The orchestra thus concluded the cycle with this concert, and took the opportunity to create an encounter between Berlioz and Brahms, the latter thirty years younger than the composer of the Symphonie Fantastique. Berlioz described Brahms as "shy, audacious young man who has taken it into his head to write new music", concluding "He will have much to endure". In Harold en Italie, Berlioz drew inspiration from Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, confiding the expression of the hero's melancholic passion to the solo viola. Through the unique magic of the concert, Berlioz's call is answered by Brahms's Symphony no.3, whose tender and famous intermezzo also displays a passionate expression of the most delicious nostalgia.


Johannes BrahmsSymphonie n°3
Hector BerliozHarold en Italie
Nicolas Bône viola
Orchestre National de FranceEmmanuel Krivine conductor