Der Standard 19 February 2002

The Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the Konzerthaus

Vienna – Some have called Brahms´ work the “concerto against the violin” and others a “symphony with obligatory violin”. Whatever the case, Joji Hattori played Brahms´ challenging piece with boldness and with the use of all his energy (not to mention all the hair on his bow!). Above all it was the “Viennese” passages in the third movement – played by Hattori with such spring and bounce that arsis became thesis – that brought the house down…