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
Helene Grimaud Piano Recital - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachimaninov
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4891   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas / Tetzlaff, Vogt
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1284   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / New Zealand String Quartet
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573433   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Hungarian Dances / Bogar, Budapest Symphony
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550110   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Choral Music / Wolak, Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Release Date: 01/31/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572694   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.
    Gemini - Brahms: Piano Concertos, Etc / Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76939 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Legendary Recordings - Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven / Kurt Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 02/01/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Edda Moser,  Gisela Schröter  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 128.
    Brahms, Franck, Liszt / Joshua Pierce, Kirk Trevor, Et Al
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1148 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Joshua Pierce
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 129.
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: URN22.309 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Kurt Sanderling
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  • 130.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2;  Mozart: Symphony No 40 / Anda
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6466 Release Date: 10/07/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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  • 131.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos, Piano Solo Works / Anton Kuerti, Joseph Rescigno, Et Al
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 292057 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anton Kuerti
    Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra
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  • 132.
    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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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    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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  • 135.
    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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  • 136.
    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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  • 137.
    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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  • 138.
    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:  Alfred Brendel,  Henryk Szeryng,  János Starker
    Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 139.
    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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  • 140.
    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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  • 141.
    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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  • 142.
    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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  • 143.
    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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  • 144.
    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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  • 145.
    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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  • 146.
    Karajan Edition - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Variations
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66093 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hans Richter-Haaser
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Furtwängler Conducts Brahms - Complete Symphonies, Etc
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4941 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Great Piano Concertos / Clifford Curzon
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460994 Release Date: 08/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Oivin Fjeldstad,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 149.
    Brahms, Mozart: Piano Concertos / Backhaus, Böhm
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 466380 Release Date: 07/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Favourite Piano Concertos Vol 2
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462182 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Martha Argerich,  Misha Dichter
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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