Two romantic masterpieces, one incredible concert. As an ardent romantic, Schumann infused his writings with sensitivity and color like none other. In his fourth symphony, Schumann reached great heights of musical expression – a journey from darkness into a blaze of light. Brahms famously took twenty years to write his First Symphony and was 42 by the time of its première. It was the spectre of Beethoven holding him back: “You have no idea what it’s like to hear the footsteps of a giant like that behind you”. However, the symphony at last came to fruition in 1876 and was an instant success. Powerful, poetic, and remarkable, Brahms’ first symphony is a milestone in symphonic literature.