Brahms’ Violin Concerto is a landmark in the shift towards romanticism, breaking the bonds of convention and taking flight. Leading us on this journey is multi-award winning violinist Alina Ibragimova. Dvořák was similarly seeking to challenge musical convention when he composed his triumphant Symphony No. 8. The music stands apart from all other symphonies of that era not least for its short length, liberal use of timpani and cheery folk melodies but for the form of each movement. The Symphony culminates in an intense finale of triumphant energy that was game-changing for its time.