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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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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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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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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: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 22 -brahms, Grieg: Piano Concertos
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63022 Release Date: 05/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 71 Brahms: Concerto No 2, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63071 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 1 - Brahms, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63001 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Albert Coates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    Legendary Treasures - Sviatoslav Richter Archives Vol 4
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7746 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  George Georgescu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Cello Sonata / Ax, Ma, Haitink
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63229 Release Date: 08/24/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Jules Eskin
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 168.
    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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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Etc / Barenboim, Barbirolli
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 72649 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 171.
    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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  • 172.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos / Hough, Davis, BBC SO
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61412 Release Date: 05/05/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 173.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Pollini, Abbado, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453505 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 174.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2, Etc / Fleisher
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 63225 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Jules Eskin
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 175.
    Brahms: The Piano Concertos, Etc / Pollini, Böhm, Abbado
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453067 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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