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Johannes Brahms

Biography

Born: 1833   Died: 1897   Country: Germany   Period: Romantic
The stature of Johannes Brahms among classical composers is well illustrated by his inclusion among the "Three Bs" triumvirate of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Of all the major composers of the late Romantic era, Brahms was the one most attached to the Classical ideal as manifested in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and especially Beethoven; indeed, Hans von Bülow once characterized Brahms' Symphony No. 1 (1855-1876) as "Beethoven's Tenth." As a Read more youth, Brahms was championed by Robert Schumann as music's greatest hope for the future; as a mature composer, Brahms became for conservative musical journalists the most potent symbol of musical tradition, a stalwart against the "degeneration" represented by the music of Wagner and his school. Brahms' symphonies, choral and vocal works, chamber music, and piano pieces are imbued with strong emotional feeling, yet take shape according to a thoroughly considered structural plan.

The son of a double bassist in the Hamburg Philharmonic Society, Brahms demonstrated great promise from the beginning. He began his musical career as a pianist, contributing to the family coffers as a teenager by playing in restaurants, taverns, and even brothels. Though by his early twenties he enjoyed associations with luminaries like violinists Eduard Reményi and Joseph Joachim, the friend and mentor who was most instrumental in advancing his career was Schumann, who all but adopted him and became his most ardent partisan, and their esteem was mutual. Following Schumann's death in 1856, Brahms became the closest confidant and lifelong friend of the composer's widow, pianist and composer Clara Wieck Schumann. After a life of spectacular musical triumphs and failed loves (the composer was involved in several romantic entanglements but never wed), Brahms died of liver cancer on April 3, 1897.

In every genre in which he composed, Brahms produced works that have become staples of the repertory. His most ambitious work, the German Requiem (1863-1867), is the composer's singular reinterpretation of an age-old form. The four symphonies -- lushly scored, grand in scope, and deeply expressive -- are cornerstones of the symphonic literature. Brahms' concertos are, similarly, in a monumental, quasi-symphonic vein: the two piano concertos (1856-1859 and 1881) and the Violin Concerto (1878) call for soloists with both considerable technical skill and stamina. His chamber music is among the most sophisticated and exquisitely crafted of the Romantic era; for but a single example, his works that incorporate the clarinet (e.g., the Trio in A minor, Op. 114 and the two Sonatas, Op. 120), an instrument largely overlooked by his contemporaries, remain unsurpassed. Though the piano sonata never held for Brahms the same appeal it had for Beethoven (Brahms wrote three to Beethoven's 32), he produced a voluminous body of music for the piano. He showed a particular affinity for variations -- notably, on themes of Schumann (1854), Handel (1861), and Paganini (1862-1863) -- and likewise produced a passel of national dances and character pieces such as ballades, intermezzi, and rhapsodies. Collectively, these constitute one of the essential bodies of work in the realm of nineteenth century keyboard music. Read less
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Wit, Warsaw
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573061   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: The Symphonies / Chailly, Gewandhaus
Release Date: 08/19/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002121502   Number of Discs: 3
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Warum - Brahms: Choral Works / Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902160   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Trio; Brahms: Trio; Weber: Grand Duo
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807618   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Mass, Motets / Dijkstra, Swedish Radio Choir
Release Date: 12/09/2014   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 35814   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68

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  • 251.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Brahms: Symphony No 1, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64470 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 252.
    Brahms: Symphonies, Etc / Wilhelm Furtwangler
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 65513 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 253.
    Schumann, Brahms: Symphonies No 1 / Rahbari, Brt Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 553228 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 254.
    Art Of Classics - Brahms: Masterpieces Vol 1
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25924 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mark Kaplan,  David Geringas,  Dieter Goldmann
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen,  Hans Swarowsky,  Alfred Scholz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  South German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Symphony Orchestra
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  • 255.
    Brahms: Complete Symphonies / Kubelik, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 70833 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 256.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Tragic Overture
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4159 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Helmut Bucher
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  • 257.
    150 Jahre Wiener Philharmoniker - Bruno Walter
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90114 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 258.
    Karl Böhm Conducts The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90922 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 259.
    Dvorák: Carnival;  Brahms: Symphony No. 1
    Label: Curb Records   Catalog: 78008 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 260.
    Brahms: Symphonie No 1;  Beethoven / Bernstein, Vienna Po
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445505 Release Date: 08/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 261.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1/Haydn Variation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550278 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 262.
    Brahms: Complete Symphonies / Sawallisch, Vienna Symphony
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438757 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 263.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1 For Piano Duo / Lonskov, Llambias
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32128 Release Date: 09/18/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rodolfo Llambias,  Tove Lonskov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lonskov-Llambias Piano Duo
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  • 264.
    Brahms: The Symphonies / Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430799 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 265.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1, Etc / George Szell, Eugene Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46534 Release Date: 08/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 266.
    Brahms: Symphonie No 1 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423141 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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