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: Violin Concerto; Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Jansen, Pappano
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002375902   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphony No. 4; Hungarian Dances 3, 7 & 11
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 35315   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphony No 2... / Fischer, Budapest Festival
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 33514   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: String Quartet; Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht / Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Release Date: 05/10/2011   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 30411   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphony No 1, Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Etc / Fischer, Et Al
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 28309   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: German Requiem, Op. 45

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  • 26.
    Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2013007 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
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  • 27.
    Brahms: German Requiem / Alsop, MDR Radio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572996 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anna Lucia Richter,  Stephan Genz
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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  • 28.
    Brahms: German Requiem / Equilbey, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40028 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Stčphane Degout,  Sandrine Piau,  Brigitte Engerer,  Boris Berezovsky
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus
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  • 29.
    Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (version with 2 pianos and timpani) / Huber
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 30803 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kay Stiefermann,  Simone Nold,  Ian Pace,  Mark Knoop  ... 
    Conductor:  Rupert Huber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Chorus
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    Claudio Abbado - A Life Dedicated To Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059588 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Bryn Terfel,  Lucio Gallo,  Ramón Vargas  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Choir  ... 
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Karg, Bauer, Beck
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13023 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christiane Karg,  Thomas E. Bauer
    Conductor:  Rolf Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra,  Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fur Klavier Vierhandig
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 233483 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klavierduo Hans-Peter und Volker Stenzl
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  • 33.
    Brahms: Symphonies, Overtures, Ein Deutsches Requiem / Klemperer [4-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 043382 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Ralph Downes,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Christa Ludwig
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Quigley, Seraphic Fire
    Label: Seraphic Fire Media   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Paul Max Tipton,  Teresa Wakim,  Justin Blackwell,  Scott Jarrett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seraphic Fire
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  • 35.
    Accentus - Faure, Dusapin, Brahms: Requiems; Haydn; Seven Last Words Of Christ, Transcriptions / Equilbey
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5301 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Samuel Barber,  Gerard Pesson  ... 
    Performer:  Stčphane Degout,  Christophe Henry,  Luc Héry,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Maitrise de Paris,  National Orchestra d'Ile de France  ... 
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    Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem / Haggander, Lorenz, Kegel
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94353 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mari Anne Häggander,  Siegfried Lorenz
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Label: K & K Verlagsanstalt   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Andreas Grau,  Götz Schumacher
    Conductor:  Jürgen Budday
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  • 38.
    Karajan - 1960s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001684302 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Wilma Lipp,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem-Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Verdi: Messa Da Requiem
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 663202 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Janet Williams,  Thomas Hampson,  Tina Kiberg,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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  • 40.
    Brahms: German Requiem; Schutz / Fuge, Brook, Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Katharine Fuge,  Matthew Brook
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Klemperer, Schwarzkopf
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6783302 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ralph Downes
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 42.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Haydn-variations
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 154 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
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  • 43.
    Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 297 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
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  • 44.
    Celibidache  Vol 4 - Sacred Music & Opera / Munich Phiharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85617 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Scharinger,  Yaron Windmuller,  Peter Schreier,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Munich Bach Choir
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  • 45.
    Romantic - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908500 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Bernarda Fink,  Régis Pasquier,  Jean-Claude Pennetier  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Collegium Vocale  ... 
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  • 46.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Albrecht, Ziesak,  Jarnot, Winklhofer
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 787 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Konrad Jarnot,  Ruth Ziesak,  Friedemann Winklhofer
    Conductor:  Hansjörg Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Radio Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Mozart: Serenata Notturna / Klemperer
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne Radio Chorus
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 / Harnoncourt, Kuhmeier, Hampson, Arnold Schoenberg Choir
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 72066 Release Date: 02/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Genia Kühmeier
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Mehta, Israel Philharmonic
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9629 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Chen Reiss,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gary Bertini Israeli Chorus
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Thielemann, Schafer, Gerhaher, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 703308 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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