This symphony’s premiere was such a success that Brahms feared not being able to live up to it in the future. No wonder: beginning with fiery focus, passing through dark and mysterious harmonic explorations, and concluding in transcendence and serenity, this work continues to inspire and delight.
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (1882–83)
1. Allegro con brio
3. Poco allegretto
4. Allegro — Un poco sostenuto