Bittersweet love triangles and heartbreaking first love in Do You Like Brahms?
Upcoming classical music drama Do You Like Brahms has released a new teaser and stills of Kim Min-jae (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2) and Park Eun-bin (Hot Stove League).
The new teaser shows the complex relationships amongst six youths all passionate about classical music. The other young musicians are played by Kim Sung-chul (Arthdal Chronicles), Park Ji-hyun (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay), Lee Yoo-jin (Be Melodramatic), and Bae Da-bin (Arthdal Chronicles).
Kim Min-jae plays a piano prodigy undergoing a slump because of the constant pressure to perform well. Kim Min-jae’s character is the first Korean to win a prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition, and his performance was lauded as “A second place without a first place.” Despite his fame, he’s also the type of person that puts others before himself, and sometimes that leads him to be deceptive to others about his feelings.
Regarding his role, Kim Min-jae said, “I thought the occupation of a pianist was immensely charismatic. I wanted to embody Park Joon-young through this drama. Although Joon-young travels all around the world to perform, it didn’t seem like he was a happy person. As much as he is in the spotlight, there’s also a shadowy side to him, and I was attracted to that aspect.”
On the other hand, Park Eun-bin plays a twenty-nine-year-old classical music student who realized late that she was passionate about the violin. But as graduation approaches, she wonders if her decision to pursue music was practical.
In the teaser, Park Eun-bin narrates the copy shown onscreen, “Brahms’ lifelong love was Clara, the wife of his best friend, Schumann,” as she glances to Lee Yoo-jin in a violin-making workshop. A third friend, played by Bae Da-bin, is seen in pictures of Park Eun-bin and Lee Yoo-jin.
Kim Min-jae is presented in his natural habitat, the middle of an orchestral stage. A tear-stricken Park Eun-bin reaches out to Kim Min-jae still in his concert uniform. He narrates, “Every night after I had poured everything into my performance, I thought of her, and I thought of my other friend.”
Then the scene quickly flashes to a trio practice with Kim Min-jae quietly observing the sweet, romantic dynamic between cellist Kim Sung-chul and violinist Park Ji-hyun. He looks down with a bittersweet smile, and Park Eun-bin finishes narrating, “Brahms lived his entire life alone like that, next to Clara.”
At the airport, Park Eun-bin meets and asks Kim Min-jae, “Do you like Brahms?” They intently stare at each other, and she internally asks herself why she asked him that question.
SBS Monday-Tuesday drama Do You Like Brahms? will begin airing August 31.