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: Piano Works, Vol. 5 / Plowright
Release Date: 10/06/2017   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2147   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Bach & Brahms / Argerich, Perlman
Release Date: 09/30/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 557553   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Complete Piano Quartets / Faust, Giuranna, Meunier, Han
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 930404   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: Complete Symphonies / Van Zweden, Netherlands Radio PO
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94074   Number of Discs: 3
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1;  Schumann / Biret, Wit, Et Al
Release Date: 01/16/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554088   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Academic Festival Overture in C minor, Op. 80

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  • 51.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of Germany
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47276 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  William Wildermann,  Emilia Cundari,  Albert Da Costa,  Nell Rankin
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Leonard Bernstein,  Eugene Ormandy,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Boys Choir,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus  ... 
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  • 52.
    Ultimate Brahms [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001313402 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  János Starker,  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Brahms: Symphonie No 3, Etc / Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54523 Release Date: 07/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Brahms: Double Concerto, Academic Festival Overture
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410031 Release Date: 11/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Johannes Brahms
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10054 Release Date: 09/05/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
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  • 56.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Academic Festival Overture / Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423617 Release Date: 08/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Serenade No 2, Haydn Variationen / Slatkin, St Louis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7920 Release Date: 07/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Toscanini Conducts Brahms - Serenade No 1 & 2, Piano Concerto No 2, Etc
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2337/38 Release Date: 06/17/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Ladies Choir
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  • 59.
    Organ Fireworks Vol 12 / Christopher Herrick
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67612 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Marcel Dupré,  Louis Vierne,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Herrick
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  • 60.
    Symphonic Brass - Verdi, Bizet, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570726 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  John Williams,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas J. Childs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Dyke Mills Band
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  • 61.
    Brahms: Symphonies No 1-4, Etc / Wolfgang Sawallisch, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 913 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Brahms: Symphony 1, Academic Festival Overture / Eschenbach
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59223 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Brahms: Symphonies, Overtures & Violin Concerto / Dohnanyi, Lindemann, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64159 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1, Etc / Mandeal, Bucharest Po
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 378520 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Cristian Mandeal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Ouverturen - Mozart, Salieri, Rossini, Beethoven, Etc / Fey
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98269 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Fey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
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  • 66.
    The Organ Of Westminster Cathedral - Brahms, Etc / Quinney
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 89 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Robert Quinney
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  • 67.
    Brahms: Orchestral Works / Boult, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65229 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Brahms: 4 Symphonies / Chailly, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Asko Ensemble
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000725902 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Brahms: Symphonies 1-4 / Barenboim, Chicago So
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61892 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Brahms: The Symphonies, Overtures, Song Of Destiny, German Requiem / Masur
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4627682 Release Date: 04/17/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Håkan Hagegård
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Symphonic Choir
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  • 71.
    Gemini - Brahms: Piano Concertos, Etc / Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76939 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Hans Vonk - The Final Sessions
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186045 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Yvonne Naef
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Symphony,  Netherlands Radio Men's Chorus
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  • 73.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1 [dvd Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 5110077 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1, Overtures / Alsop, London PO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557428 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Brahms: Symphony No 1
    Label: Avid Master Series   Catalog: 603 Release Date: 06/04/2004  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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