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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: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Wit, Warsaw
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573061   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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Beethoven: Trio; Brahms: Trio; Weber: Grand Duo
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807618   Number of Discs: 1
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Warum - Brahms: Choral Works / Reuss, Cappella Amsterdam
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902160   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Mass, Motets / Dijkstra, Swedish Radio Choir
Release Date: 12/09/2014   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 35814   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Wiegenlied (Lullaby)

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  • 201.
    Brahms - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64054 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax,  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  George Szell,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 202.
    Ringing Clear- The Art Of Handbell Ringing
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 333 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sounds in Brass,  Launton Handbells,  Four in Hand Handbells  ... 
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  • 203.
    Best Of Brahms
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556659 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Péter Nagy,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  István Bogár,  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 204.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 7 / Péter Nagy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550216 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Péter Nagy
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  • 205.
    Richard Stoltzman - Dreams
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61936 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Clapton,  Paul McCartney,  Stevie Wonder,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Jeremy Wall,  Dave Samuels,  Eddie Gomez
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  • 206.
    Parents - The Lullaby Album
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64897 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Tzimon Barto,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Christopher Parkening,  Nancy Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Sir Charles Groves,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Roger Wagner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 207.
    Christmas In Vienna / Domingo, Ross, Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53358 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Newton,  James Pierpont,  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Ross,  José Carreras,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
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  • 208.
    A Christmas Celebration / Kay, Huddersfield Society, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4530 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Gordon Langford,  Sandy Smith  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Lindley,  Phillip McCann
    Conductor:  Brian Kay,  Phillip McCann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Sellers Engineering Band
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  • 209.
    Classics For Kids
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61489 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Scott,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Leo Litwin,  Martin Hoherman,  Samuel Lipman  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Eduardo Mata,  Morton Gould,  Georges Prętre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Morton Gould Orchestra  ... 
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  • 210.
    Best Of Brahms
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551109 Release Date: 04/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Takako Nishizaki,  Péter Nagy,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  István Bogár
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Soloists  ... 
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  • 211.
    Prima Voce - Ernestine Schumann-Heink
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7811 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James L. Molloy,  Thurlow Weed Lieurance,  Traditional,  Carl Böhm  ... 
    Performer:  Ernestine Schumann-Heink,  Herbert Witherspoon
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
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  • 212.
    Young At Heart / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80245 Release Date: 10/27/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Richards,  Johannes Brahms,  Harold Rome,  Tatsuo Takai  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 213.
    Die Schonsten Deutschen Kinder-und Wiegenlieder / Lucia Popp
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 78831 Release Date: 09/05/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Karl Gottlieb Hering,  Johannes Brahms,  Karl Friedrich Zelter  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Rudi Knabl,  Edgar Krapp
    Conductor:  Reinhard Seifried
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
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  • 214.
    The World's Most Beautiful Melodies / Phillip Mccann
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4501 Release Date: 07/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Iain Robertson,  Phillip McCann
    Conductor:  Major Peter Parkes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Dyke Mills Band
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  • 215.
    Lullaby / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60876 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 216.
    Meditation / Mischa Maisky, Pavel Gililov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431544 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Robert Schumann,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Gililov,  Mischa Maisky
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  • 217.
    Brahms: Lieder / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bendt Forsberg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429727 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Bengt Forsberg,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Nils-Erik Sparf
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  • 218.
    Sweet Dreams - Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 44998 Release Date: 09/12/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Eugene Ormandy,  Percy Faith,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Percy Faith & His Orchestra  ... 
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