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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Catalog: 002290602  
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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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Brahms: String Quartets / Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
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Catalog: 2623   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Wiegenlied (Lullaby)

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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    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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  • 203.
    All Of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies! / Mccann, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4536 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Helen Guy  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley,  Roy Newsome,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Major Peter Parkes,  Douglas Blackledge,  Gordon Langford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Leeds Parish Church Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 204.
    Beniamino Gigli - Vienna Concert And A Singing Masterclass
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Ceccone,,  Salvatore Cardillo  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli
    Conductor:  Dino Fedri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 205.
    Classical Kids - Daydreams & Lullabies
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84239 Release Date: 04/11/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Babiak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Arts Orchestra
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  • 206.
    Carlo Bergonzi - Christmas Songs
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 30821 Release Date: 04/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Gumpoldskirch Boys Choir
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  • 207.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Erna Berger Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89092 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Oboussier,  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Altmann,  Erna Berger,  Eta Harich-Schneider,  Hans-Walter Schleif  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Wolfgang Martin,  Fritz Zweig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 208.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 209.
    The Magic Of Christmas / Te Kanawa, Pavarotti, Price, Von Stade
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443401 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alois Melichar,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Charles Gounod,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  James Blades,  John Scott,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Sir David Willcocks,  Julius Rudel,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bach Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble members  ... 
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  • 210.
    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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  • 211.
    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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  • 212.
    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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  • 213.
    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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  • 214.
    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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  • 215.
    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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  • 216.
    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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  • 217.
    A Christmas Celebration / Kay, Huddersfield Society, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4530 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  William Mathias,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Lindley,  Phillip McCann
    Conductor:  Brian Kay,  Phillip McCann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society
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  • 218.
    Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti - Christmas Favorites
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 53725 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Jester Hairston,  Traditional,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Lee Holdridge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 219.
    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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  • 220.
    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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  • 221.
    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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  • 222.
    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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  • 223.
    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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  • 224.
    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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  • 225.
    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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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