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 Inspired
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Canary Classics  
Catalog: 15   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: Piano Trios / C. Tetzlaff, T. Tetzlaff, Vogt
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Catalog: 12712   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms, Schumann, Mahler: Piano Quartets /  Hope, Neubauer, Finckel, Han
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Brahms: Complete Piano Trios / Altenberg Trio Wien
Release Date: 11/04/2003   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72023   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: The 4 Symphonies / Bychkov, Wdr So Koln
Release Date: 02/08/2005   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2051   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: German Requiem, Op. 45

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  • 51.
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 41006 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Philip Mayers
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
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  • 52.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Janowski, Tilling, Detlef
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186361 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Camilla Tilling,  Detlef Roth
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 53.
    Carl Schuricht A Paris
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 678 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Heinz Rehfuss,  Elfriede Trötschel,  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
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  • 54.
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6596 Release Date: 07/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Agnes Giebel,  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
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  • 55.
    Gergiev Conducts Brahms
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1750 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mariusz Kwiecien,  Solveig Kringelborn
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Brahms: German Requiem / Watts, Degout, Nezet-Seguin
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elizabeth Watts,  Stčphane Degout
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
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  • 57.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
    Label: Glor Classics   Catalog: 9191 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Fionnuala Sherry,  Thorsten Kaldewei,  Jonathan Alder,  Michael Volle  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshard Daus
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  • 58.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782119 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rodney Gilfry,  Charlotte Margiono
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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  • 59.
    Brahms: German Requiem / Haitink, Janowitz, Krause
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411436 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Gundula Janowitz
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Sergiu Celibidache - Portrait
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 725085 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Maurice Ravel,  Boris Blacher,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem;  Bruckner: Te Deum / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410521 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh,  Helga Müller-Molinari  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Herbert Von Karajan - Salzburg Festival 1957 - Bruckner, Brahms, Berger, Einem, Honegger, Mozart
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 773084 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Theodore Berger,  Gottfried von Einem  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Lisa Della Casa,  Gerty Herzog,  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Wilhelm Furtwangler Conducts Brahms: Requiem, Symphony No. 1
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 289 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kerstin Lindberg-Torlind,  Bernhard Sönnerstedt
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Concerts Associations Orchestra,  Musikaliska Sällskapet,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Best Karajan 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15206 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Walton,  Dennis Brain,  Lothar Koch,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 / Spano, Robinson, Kwiecien, Atlanta So And Chorus
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 60701 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Twyla Robinson,  Mariusz Kwiecien
    Conductor:  Robert Spano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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  • 67.
    Brahms: German Requiem
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 185842 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Paola Erdas
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  • 68.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 / Spano, Robinson, Kwiecien, Atlanta So And Chorus
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80701 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Twyla Robinson,  Mariusz Kwiecien
    Conductor:  Robert Spano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Brahms: Requiem / Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501608 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108006 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Malin Hartelius
    Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
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  • 71.
    Brahms: Requiem / Mandeal, Bucharest Enescu Philharmonic
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 496960 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gheorghe Crasnaru,  Ramona Eremia
    Conductor:  Cristian Mandeal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 72.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16050 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Julie Cooper,  Eamonn Dougan,  Gary Cooper,  Christopher Glynn
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 73.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Simon Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65393 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Thomas Quasthoff
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Carl Schuricht Collection - Historical Recordings 1950-1966
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93140 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry McDaniel,  Clara Haskil,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt  ... 
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Wolf, Raimondi, Bankl, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ildikó Raimondi,  Wolfgang Bankl
    Conductor:  Friedrich Wolf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna "St Augustin" Orchestra,  Vienna "St Augustin" 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
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