Behind the Scenes of the Brahms By Arrangement Volume Two Recording Sessions

Brahms by Arrangement, Volume Two: Orchestrations by Robin Holloway

Composers who orchestrate the music of earlier colleagues often serve them best when they add something of themselves to the work in hand. These three orchestrations by the English composer Robin Holloway (b. 1943) demonstrate his profound understanding of and affection for two of the most important Romantic composers – and his re-imagining of Brahms’ Sonata for Two Pianos (which Brahms himself recast as his Piano Quintet) as a symphony gives one of the greatest of all compositions a wild and thrilling energy, making it also a masterpiece of our own age.

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Cellerina Park, leader
Paul Mann, conductor