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: Sonatas for Clarinet & Piano / Coppola, Staier
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Beethoven: Trio; Brahms: Trio; Weber: Grand Duo
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Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 8; Brahms: String Sextet
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Brahms - The Hungarian Connection / Andreas Ottensamer
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Work: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77

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  • 176.
    Trio - Brahms: Complete Concertos, Overtures /Brendel, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473267 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  János Starker,  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 177.
    Brahms, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Leonid Kogan, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri,  Charles Bruck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 178.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto / Shaham, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469529 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Jian Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 179.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Busch, Kell
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1107 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Reginald Kell,  Adolf Busch
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 180.
    Brahms, Sibelius: Violin Concertos / Ginette Neveu
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61011 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 181.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Etc / Stern, Rose, Ormandy, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89835 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 182.
    Brahms, Stravinsky: Violin Concertos / Hahn, Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89649 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 183.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto;  Schumann: Symphony No 1 / Fiedler
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1092 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Siegfried Borries
    Conductor:  Max Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 184.
    Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Steinberg, Milstein
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67584 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 185.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto;  Et Al / Neveu, Dobrowen, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9710 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Grigoras Dinicu,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu,  Jean Neveu
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 186.
    Westminster - Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Morini
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471200 Release Date: 06/12/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Erica Morini
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 187.
    Legendary Treasures - Yehudi Menuhin Vol 1 - Bach, Et Al
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7781 Release Date: 05/01/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Niccolò Paganini,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Georg Schnéevoigt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  New Friends of Music Orchestra
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  • 188.
    Brahms: Symphony No 3, Hungarian Dances / Karajan
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469124 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Christa Ludwig,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 189.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 2; Brahms Violin Concerto / Mitropoulos, Francescatti
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 534001 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 190.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 468172 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  János Starker
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4780 Release Date: 08/22/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Guila Bustabo,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Herman Krebbers,  Walter Gieseking  ... 
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 192.
    Artists Of The Century - Jascha Heifetz - The Supreme
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63470 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Glazunov,  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Brooks Smith,  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  Walter Hendl,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 193.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto;  Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 / Oleg
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 79944 Release Date: 11/29/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Raphaël Oleg
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 194.
    Strings - Fritz Kreisler - The Concerto Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Enterprise   Catalog: 99394 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Fritz Kreisler
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Landon Ronald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 195.
    Brahms, Saint-saëns: Violin Concertos / Oliveira, Et Al
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elmar Oliveira
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 196.
    Ginette Neveu - Beethoven, Brahms, Chausson, Ravel
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4837 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Charles Munch,  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hague Residentie Orchestra
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  • 197.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto / Perlman, Giulini, Chicago
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66992 Release Date: 05/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 198.
    Brahms, Beethoven: Violin Concertos / Rosand, Inouye, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7902 Release Date: 04/27/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Derrick Inouye
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 199.
    Classics Exposed - Romantic Violin Concertos
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17029 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Raphaël Oleg,  Boris Belkin
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson,  Antoni Ros Marbà,  Libor Pesek,  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Sonata No 3 / Vengerov, Barenboim
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 17144 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Maxim Vengerov
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago 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