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: Piano Trios / C. Tetzlaff, T. Tetzlaff, Vogt
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Catalog: 12712   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms Inspired
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Brahms, Schumann, Mahler: Piano Quartets /  Hope, Neubauer, Finckel, Han
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Brahms: String Quartets / Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Thorofon  
Catalog: 2623   Number of Discs: 2
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Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann: Clarinet Sonatas / Emma Johnson
Release Date: 09/11/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 6153   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.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    Brahms: Concertos / Karajan, Abbado, Böhm, Pollini, Mutter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449607 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Antonio Meneses,  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Brahms: Die Klavierkonzerte, Fantasien / Gilels, Jochum
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447446 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Ottomar Borwitzky
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 168.
    Solomon Plays Brahms - Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Dobrowen
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1042 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Solomon
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 169.
    Art Of Classics - Brahms: Masterpieces Vol 1
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25924 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Mark Kaplan,  David Geringas,  Dieter Goldmann
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen,  Hans Swarowsky,  Alfred Scholz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  South German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Symphony Orchestra
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  • 170.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Bachauer, Skrowaczewski
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434340 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gina Bachauer,  Kenneth Heath
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 171.
    Van Cliburn In Moscow - Brahms, Rachmaninoff / Kondrashin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62695 Release Date: 07/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 172.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2;  Strauss: Burleske / Serkin
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 53262 Release Date: 10/19/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 173.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos, Overtures / Arrau, Haitink
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438320 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 174.
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 56518 Release Date: 01/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    The Royal Edition - Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 / Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47539 Release Date: 07/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  André Watts
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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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 - Più 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 - Più 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