In 1905, Richard Strauss helped Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto achieve a success in Berlin that had not been matched at the premiere in Finland. Sibelius had meanwhile turned his back on Helsinki and revised the Concerto, with the beauty and solitude of his new home on a lake before his eyes. Lisa Batiashvili presents her interpretation of this work so close to the heart of the composer, who himself dreamed of being a violin virtuoso. Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker will go on to interpret Johannes Brahms’s Fourth, which was first performed in Meiningen under Brahms’s direction. Hans von Bülow, like Brahms a frequent summer guest in Baden-Baden, had championed the work.