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 & Reger: Sonatas For Clarinet And Piano
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Blue Griffin  
Catalog: 363   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: The Symphonies / Chailly, Gewandhaus
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Catalog: 002121502   Number of Discs: 3
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Brahms: Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Dudamel
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Catalog: 002353102   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms: Symphony No 2 & 4 / Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 132   Number of Discs: 2
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Schumann: Fantasiestucke; Kreisleriana; Brahms: Theme And Variations
Release Date: 02/26/2013   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10755   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

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  • 126.
    Original Masters - Carl Schuricht
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756074 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Christian Ferras
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 127.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2; Schumann: Phantasie / Backhaus, Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94044 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sächsische Staatskapelle,  Saxon State Orchestra
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  • 128.
    Classic Library - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60860 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 129.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2; Grieg: Piano Concerto / Anda, Karajan, Kubelik
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474838 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Arts Archives - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Maag
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43038 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Guy, Berglund, London Po
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4944 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  François-Frédéric Guy
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 132.
    The Art Of Julius Katchen Vol 3 - Brahms, Schumann / Monteux
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460828 Release Date: 01/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  István Kertész,  János Ferencsik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 133.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Piano Sonata No 2 / Osorio
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio,  Vladimir Atapin
    Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Principality of Asturias Symphonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsodies Op. 79 / Buchbinder
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4607072 Release Date: 10/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Arrau - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2;  Schubert: Three Pieces
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4125 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Trio - Brahms: Complete Concertos, Overtures /Brendel, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473267 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  János Starker,  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Classics - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Previn, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80197 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Horacio Gutierrez
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler - Recordings 1942-1944 Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471294 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Jean Sibelius,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Tibor de Machula,  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Johannes Brahms / Rafael Kubelik, Daniel Barenboim, Et Al
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 40053 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Edwin Fischer - Concert Performances & Broadcasts 1943-1953
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Josef Zutter,  Wilhelm Meyer,  Gerhard Burdach  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Münch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Strasbourg Municipal Theater Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 141.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 38 - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63038 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Rhapsodies Op 79 / Buchbinder
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 24486 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2;  Schumann / Biret, Wit, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554089 Release Date: 08/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Zdzislaw Lapinsky
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Classics Explained - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558030-31 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Jandö, Rahbari
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550506 Release Date: 05/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Masur Edition - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Ousset, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9156 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Three Live Brahms Concerto Performances / Horowitz, Toscanini
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6001 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Symphony No 3 / Toscanini
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1077 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: Piano Concertos / Sgouros, Tabakov
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 51000 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dimitris Sgouros
    Conductor:  Emil Tabakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2;  Furtwangler: Adagio / Fischer
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1170 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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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