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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: Piano, Clarinet, Horn Trios / Florestan Trio
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 22082   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: Symphonies, Concertos / Pollini, Batiashvili, Thielemann
Release Date: 09/16/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002133400   Number of Discs: 4
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The Songs Of Brahms, Vol. 5 / Maltman, Johnson
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 33125   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Piano Concertos / Hough, Wigglesworth, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
Release Date: 12/10/2013   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67961   Number of Discs: 2
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Helene Grimaud Piano Recital - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachimaninov
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4891   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77

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  • 26.
    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 370198 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 63
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Rolf Liebermann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emil Gilels,  Inge Borkh  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Theatre Chorus,  Studio Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Hungarian Dances; Bartok / Kavakos, Nagy, Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912102 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Péter Nagy
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 28.
    The Art Of The Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 7010 Release Date: 03/28/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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  • 29.
    Brahms, Khachaturian: Violin Concertos / Kondrashin, Monteux, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2394 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  Leonid Kogan
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Pierre Monteux
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 31.
    Brahms, Clara Schumann / Batiashvili, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792302 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili,  Alice Sara Ott
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 32.
    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 33.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto Op. 77 / Neveu, Desormiere, Orchestre National De France (Mono SACD)
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 731 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu
    Conductor:  Roger Desormière
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Brahms: Violinkonzert, Op. 77 / 	Ginette Neveu, Schmidt-isserstedt
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233585 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu
    Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Berg, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Capucon, Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2653 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Zino Francescatti Plays Brahms
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94219 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 06/01/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Iwan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ivan Cerkov  ... 
    Conductor:  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Heribert Beissel,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
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  • 38.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto, Violin Concerto / Richter, Rostropovich, Oistrakh
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55978 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto / Spivakov, Kniazev, Termikanov
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61696 Release Date: 05/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Alexander Kniazev
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Great Violin Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501058 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Simone Lamsma,  Ilya Kaler,  Misha Keylin  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Patrick Gallois,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Sinfonia Finlandia,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3; Brahms: Violin Concerto
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 02297 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
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  • 42.
    Brahms, Dvorak: Violin Concertos /  Perlman, Giulini, Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6787062 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 43.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto / Kennedy, Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027375 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    The Very Best Of David Oistrakh
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 678987 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert,  Alexander Zaracycki  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Lev Oborin,  Svyatoslav Knushevitsky,  Vladimir Yampolsky  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Alceo Galliera,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 45.
    Hilary Hahn Spectacular
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 795069 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Hugh Wolff,  David Zinman,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 46.
    Brahms: Concerto For Violin Op. 77; Bruch: Concerto For Violin No. 1
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 313 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
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  • 48.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 476 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Fritz Rieger,  Franz Konwitschny,  Kiril Kondrashin
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  • 49.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 074 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
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    Schumann, Brahms / Arrau, Milstein, De Sabata, Nypo
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 086 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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