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: German Requiem, Op. 45

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  • 26.
    Bruno Walter - The Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548952 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Hendl,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Leonard Rose,  Martha Lipton  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Occidental College Consort,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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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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    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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  • 32.
    Brahms: Requiem / Kurt Masur
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 2564659414 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
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  • 33.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Klaus Tennstedt - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94433 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Jorma Hynninen
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Paavo Jarvi, Natalie Dessay, Ludovic Tezier
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 28610 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ludovic Tézier,  Natalie Dessay
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir
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  • 45.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Barenboim, Chicago SO
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4677176 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Janet Williams,  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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    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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    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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    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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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
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 - 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