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, Schumann, Mahler: Piano Quartets /  Hope, Neubauer, Finckel, Han
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Brahms: Piano Quintet, Clarinet Trio / Ashkenazy
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Brahms: Serenades / Chailly, Gewandhaus
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Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Clarinet & Piano
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Brahms: Double Concerto, Piano Quartet No 1
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Work: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73

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  • 176.
    Karajan - The Collection - Brahms: 4 Symphonies / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000019902 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 177.
    Original Masters - Wilhelm Furtwängler - Live Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474030 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Maurice Ravel,  César Franck,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 178.
    Johannes Brahms: The Four Symphonies
    Label: Budapest Music Center   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Erich Bergel
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  • 179.
    Red Seal - Günter Wand Edition - Brahms: Symphonies No 1-4
    Label: Rca Victor Special Imports   Catalog: 89103 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 180.
    Karajan Collection - Brahms: 4 Symphonies / Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429644 Release Date: 11/06/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 181.
    Brahms: 4 Symphonies, Haydn Variations / Böhm, Vienna Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471443 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Gerhart Hetzel
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 182.
    Beecham - Brahms, Beethoven: Symphonies No 2
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4099 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 183.
    Brahms: Four Hand Piano Music Vol 7 / Matthies, Köhn
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554822 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Silke-Thora Matthies,  Christian Köhn
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  • 184.
    Trio - Brahms: Complete Symphonies / Riccardo Muti, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 470942 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 185.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Bruno Walter
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75133 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 186.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Fritz Busch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75103 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Wolsing,  Carl Bloch,  Leo Hansen,  Alberto Medici
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 187.
    Brahms, Mendelssohn / Stokowski, National Po
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 531 Release Date: 04/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 188.
    Hermann Abendroth 1939-1949 Performances - Beethoven, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1099 Release Date: 03/26/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Grosses Orchester des Reichssenders Breslau,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 189.
    Legendary Treasures - Brahms: Four Symphonies / Mravinsky
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7798 Release Date: 02/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 190.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Dvorak: Symphonic Variations
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 3955 Release Date: 01/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Stan Fisher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Mozart, Brahms: Symphonies / Keilberth, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 553011 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 192.
    Brahms: Symphonies / Berglund, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 990 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 193.
    Mengelberg Conducts Brahms - Symphonies No 2 & 4
    Label: Biddulph   Catalog: WHL057 Release Date: 05/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 194.
    Karajan Edition - Brahms: Symphonie 2;  Mozart, R. Strauss
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66390 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 195.
    Brahms: The Four Symphonies, Etc / Toscanini, Philharmonia
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 3167 Release Date: 03/10/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 196.
    Furtwängler Conducts Brahms - Complete Symphonies, Etc
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4941 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 197.
    Brahms: Complete Symphonies / Neeme Järvi, London So
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9776 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 198.
    Brahms: Symphonies No 2-4, Etc / Knappertsbusch, Et Al
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 40039 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Fritz Kiskalt,  Siegfried Meinecke,  Lucretia West,  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 199.
    Brahms: Symphonies No 2, 3 & 4 / Celibidache, Münchner Po
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56846 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Immortal Toscanini Vol 4 - Brahms: The 4 Symphonies / NBC SO
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 55838 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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Johannes Brahms


WORKS
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op.68 (1999 - Remaster): IV. Adagio - Più andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
4. Allegro con spirito
Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Poco Allegretto
IV. Allegro
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Andante moderato
3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo - Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat, Op. 83: Allegro non troppo
Allegro appassionato
Andante
Allegretto grazioso
Allegro non troppo
Adagio
Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A Minor, Op.102 (1997 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A Minor, Op.102 (1997 - Remaster): II. Andante
Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A Minor, Op.102 (1997 - Remaster): III. Vivace non troppo
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale') Op. 56a (1989 Digital Remaster): Variation VIII: Presto non troppo
Variations on a Theme by Haydn ('St Antoni Chorale') Op. 56a (1989 Digital Remaster): Finale: Andante
Hungarian Dance No.1 in G Minor, WoO 1
Hungarian Dance No.2 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.3 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.4 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.6 in D flat - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.7 in F Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.8 in A minor - Orchestrated by R. Schollum
Hungarian Dance No.9 in E minor - Orchestrated by R. Schollum
Hungarian Dance No.10 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.11 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.12 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.13 in D - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.14 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.15 in B flat - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.16 in F minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.17 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.18 in D - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.19 in B minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Hungarian Dance No.20 in E minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Hungarian Dance No.21 in E minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Ziemlich langsam - Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Langsam, marschmäßig - Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Andante moderato - Herr, lehre doch mich
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Mäßig bewegt - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Langsam - Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Andante - Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (1997 Digital Remaster): Feierlich - Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben