Brahms Gala: Maxim Vengerov (violin), Sandra Lied Haga (cello), students from the Royal College of Music, London, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra / Marios Papadopoulos (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 26.4.2023. After multiple cancellations, and lots of publicity for a concert that simply did not happen, we made it. First it was COVID; then Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away. But here it was, a Brahms Gala featuring the inimitable violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov. Now, as we approach (on May 9) Brahms’s 190th birthday, an all-Brahms programme seemed perfect – and indeed, felt just so.

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