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 Concertos / Barenboim, Dudamel
Release Date: 08/07/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002353102   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 147   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms, Joachim: Concertos / Rachel Barton Pine
Release Date: 05/27/2003   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 68   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: Piano Quartet Op 25, Orchestrated by Schoenberg / Albrecht
Release Date: 08/14/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186398   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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Work: Double Concerto, Op. 102

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  • 26.
    Brahms: Double Concerto; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4677159 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 27.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 5 - 1939-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61736 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Feuermann,  Jesús María Sanromá,  Emanuel Bay
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sir Eugene Goossens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Musical Art String Quartet  ... 
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    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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  • 29.
    Brahms: Concertos, Symphonies / Haitink, Arrau, Szeryng, Starker [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479902 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Henryk Szeryng,  János Starker
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Brahms: Double Concerto, Symphony 4; Wagner / Rattle
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055998 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili,  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Paul Tortelier - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 88627 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Jacques Manzone,  Maud Tortelier
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  London Mozart Players
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  • 32.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Brahms: Double Concerto / Jarvi, Trio Poseidon, Gothenburg
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10564 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Claes Gunnarsson,  Sara Trobäck Hesselink
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Trio Poseidon
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  • 33.
    Bernstein Edition - Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431031 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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  • 35.
    1967 Carnegie Hall Marathon / Rostropovich, Rozhdestvensky, Et Al
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7974 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Walter Piston,  Boris Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Glynne Adams,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Lukas Foss
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Szymon Goldberg Centenary Edition Vol 1 - Non-commercial Recordings
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1223 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Szymon Goldberg,  Artur Balsam,  Zara Nelsova,  Victor Babin  ... 
    Conductor:  Szymon Goldberg,  Gerhard Samuel,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Dimitri Mitropoulos  ... 
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  • 38.
    Brahms Complete Edition [46-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001302602 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 46
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andreas Schmidt,  Barbara Bonney,  René Kollo,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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  • 39.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto / Booren, Verhey, Starker, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93249 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Borika Van Den Booren,  János Starker,  Emmy Verhey
    Conductor:  Eduardo Marturet,  Arpád Joó
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Double Concerto / Repin, Mork
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001264802 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Vadim Repin,  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Georg Kulenkampff Plays Brahms / Mainardi, Schuricht, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9795 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Georg Kulenkampff,  Enrico Mainardi
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Brahms: Double Concerto, Academic Festival Overture
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410031 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Zino Francescatti Vol 3 - Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Kreisler
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7888 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Samuel Mayes,  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Beethoven: Triple Concerto;  Brahms: Double Concerto
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 44842 Release Date: 06/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Leslie Parnas,  Jaime Laredo,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Elgar, Brahms: Cello Concertos; Debussy: Cello Sonata / Paul Tortelier
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4236 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Ernest Lush
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Brahms: Double Concerto, Piano Quartet No 1
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 391150 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Frans Helmerson,  Mihaela Martin,  Marin Cazacu,  Nicolae Licaret  ... 
    Conductor:  Cristian Mandeal,  Christian Mandeal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Pro Arte Piano Quartet
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  • 47.
    Barbiroli - New York Philharmonic - Live Recordings 1937-43
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2330/31 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Claude Debussy,  Charles Tomlinson Griffes  ... 
    Performer:  Gaspar Cassadó,  Albert Spalding
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 48.
    Legendary Performers - Piatigorsky
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61485 Release Date: 01/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 6;  Brahms / Sanderling, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Antonio Meneses,  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus
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    Brahms: Double Concerto, Etc / R. & G. Capuçon, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95147 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gautier Capuçon,  Renaud Capuçon,  Béatrice Muthelet,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth 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 - Piů andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 2. Adagio non troppo - L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 3. Allegretto grazioso ( Quasi andantino) - Presto ma non assai
Brahms: Symphony No.2 In D, Op.73 - 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 - Piů 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