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
Arthur Rubinstein Plays Brahms
Release Date: 06/12/2012   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 760992   Number of Discs: 9
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Leon Fleisher Plays Beethoven & Brahms
Release Date: 08/07/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 1918052   Number of Discs: 5
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Brahms: Complete Piano Trios, Clarinet Trio, Horn Trio
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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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Brahms: Viola Sonatas
Release Date: 02/11/2014   Label: Msr  
Catalog: 1479   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Wiegenlied (Lullaby)

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  • 176.
    Angelika Kirchschlager - When Night Falls
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64498 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim,  Richard Rodgers,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  John Williams,  Helmut Deutsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Metropolitan Ensemble
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  • 177.
    Dreamscape - Lullabies From Around The World / Murphy, Et Al
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7433 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Alec Wilder,  Daniel Paget,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Heidi Grant Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auréole
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  • 178.
    Berceuse - Music Of Peace And Calm
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553843 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
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  • 179.
    Label: Vox   Catalog: 3902 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Gabriel Fauré,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio,  Paul Angerer,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Beatriz Klien  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Shipway,  Jörg Faerber,  Hans Hagen,  Louis de Froment  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra (Pforzheim),  Rochester Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 180.
    The Ultimate Lullaby Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466358 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Princess Te Rangi Pai  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Lucia Popp,  Norma Burrowes,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 181.
    Piano Favorites - Rachmaninov, Debussy, Et Al / Revenaugh
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73300 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iosif Ivanovici,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Cécile Louise Chaminade,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Daniell Revenaugh
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  • 182.
    Ultrasound - Music For The Unborn Child
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63457 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Arthur Fiedler,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 183.
    The All-star Christmas Album / Battle, Brightman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457357 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  James Lancelot,  Paul Miles-Kingston,  Sarah Brightman,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Ion Marin,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 184.
    Brahms, Wolf: Lieder / Thomas Allen, Geoffrey Parsons
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61418 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 185.
    Mattiwilda Dobbs - Arias & Songs
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1137 Release Date: 03/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ernest Chausson,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Mattiwilda Dobbs,  Rolando Panerai
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 186.
    Stanford Archive Series Vol 4 / Ernestine Schumann-heink
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 5503 Release Date: 03/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  John Stafford Smith,  Geoffrey O'Hara  ... 
    Performer:  Ernestine Schumann-Heink,  Katherine Hoffmann,  Geraldine Farrar,  Charles Adams Prince
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
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  • 187.
    Grainger: The Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1767 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones,  Philip Martin,  Richard McMahon
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  • 188.
    A Tenors Christmas / Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63304 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Charles Aznavour,  Francesco Paolo Tosti  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Dionne Warwick,  Charles Aznavour,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej,  Lee Holdridge,  Thomas Z. Shepard,  Richard Österreicher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozart Boys' Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Children's Chorus  ... 
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  • 189.
    Lullaby - Chopin, Brahms, Et Al / Vima, Monch, Damerini
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47282 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Alban Berg,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Mönch,  Massimiliano Damerini,  Jeanne Marie Bima
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  • 190.
    Brahms: Lieder / Monica Groop, Alexei Lubimov
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 896 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alexei Lubimov,  Monica Groop,  Ilari Angervo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jubilate Choir
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  • 191.
    Tenors On Tour / Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62886 Release Date: 03/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Eldo Di Lazzaro,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Cesare Andrea Bixio  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Andrea Griminelli,  Peter Hofmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Cobos,  Emerson Buckley,  Roland Heck,  Richard Österreicher  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 192.
    Kids Classics - Lullabies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66229 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  John Ogdon,  Jack Brymer,  Annie Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Sinfonia of London,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 193.
    Elisabeth Grummer - Schubert & Brahms: Lieder;  Grieg, Verdi
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1086 Release Date: 12/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Gerald Moore,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Rudolf Schock
    Conductor:  Richard Kraus,  Hugo Diez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 194.
    Brahms At Bedtime
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454966 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Claudio Arrau,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet members
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  • 195.
    Cello Rhapsody / David Pereira, David Bollard
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 78 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Joaquin Nin,  Manuel de Falla,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  David Bollard,  David Pereira
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  • 196.
    25 Romantic String Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8821 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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  • 197.
    Irmgard Seefried - Mozart, Flies, Brahms, Schubert, Wolf
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 02/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hugo Wolf,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann von Nordberg,  Irmgard Seefried,  Gerald Moore,  Wilhelm Schmidt
    Conductor:  Harry Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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  • 198.
    25 Classical Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8807 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alessandro Marcello,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Pervomaisky,  Ljiljan Molnar-Talajic,  Helmut Hucke,  Heinz Zickler  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Nikea Baroza,  Paul Angerer,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Festival Orchestra,  Zagreb Philharmonic,  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 199.
    Victoria De Los Angeles - Live In Concert
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 01/09/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fernando J. Obradors,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Nin,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Paul Berl,  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 200.
    Wach Auf, Mein' Herzensschöne / Schreier, Ragossnig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1054 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Konrad Ragossnig
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