Johannes Brahms

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Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.

Brahms is often considered both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. He was a master of development, a compositional ethos pioneered by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and other composers. Brahms aimed to honour the "purity" of these venerable "German" structures and advance them into a Romantic idiom, in the process creating bold new approaches to harmony and melody. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Variations on a Theme of Haydn (“St. Antoni Chorale”), op. 56a Johannes Brahms; Eduard van Beinum, The Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam 1
Viola Sonatas / Two Songs Johannes Brahms 1
Violin Concert in D major Johannes Brahms; Efrem Zimbalist 1
Violin Concerto / Academic Festival Overture Johannes Brahms; Ivan Cerkov, Münchner Symphoniker, Helmut Bucher 1
Violin Concerto / Double Concerto for Violin & Violoncello Johannes Brahms; Henryk Szeryng, János Starker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
Violin Concerto / Sonata no. 3 Brahms; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Maxim Vengerov 1
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77 Johannes Brahms; Uta Kunert, New Bristol Synfonia, Jonathan James 1
Violin Concertos Brahms, Bruch; Uto Ughi 1
Violin Concertos Brahms, Bruch; Pinchas Zukerman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta 1
Violin Concertos Brahms / Bruch 1
Violin Concertos Brahms, Bruch; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg, Sir Colin Davis, Arthur Grumiaux 1
Violin Concertos Brahms, Mendelssohn; Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson, Andrés Cárdenes 1
Violin Sonatas Johannes Brahms, César Franck; Святослав Теофилович Рихтер, Давид Фёдорович Ойстрах 1
Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 Brahms; Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim 1
Violin Sonatas nos. 1, 2 & 3 Brahms; Isaac Stern, Alexander Zakin 1
Von Karajan inédito 7 Johannes Brahms; Herbert von Karajan 1
Waltzes (Op. 39), 21 Hungarian Dances Johannes Brahms; Cynthia Raim, David Allen Wehr 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Piano Concertos No. 1, No. 2 Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Rudolf Serkin 1
1977 Four Symphonies / Overtures Brahms; Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1978 The Complete Symphonies (1977-78 recordings) Brahms; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1979 Die vier Symphonien / Akademische Festouvertüre, op. 80 / Tragische Ouvertüre, op. 81 Johannes Brahms; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 2
1980 Violin Concerto Johannes Brahms; Pinchas Zukerman, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim 1
1984 Liebestraum: Romantic Piano Music Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert 1
1985 Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem / Bruckner: Te Deum Brahms, Bruckner; Wiener Singverein, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1985 Violin Concertos Beethoven, Brahms; Jascha Heifetz 2
1986 Clarinet Quintet / Clarinet Trio Brahms; Thea King, Gabrieli Quartet, Karine Georgian, Clifford Benson 4 1
1987 Quintets and Sextets Johannes Brahms; Amadeus Quartet 1
1987 Brahms Female Choruses • Schubert Three Choruses Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert 1
1987 Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Beethoven: Sonata no. 23 "Appassionata" Brahms, Beethoven; Sviatoslav Richter, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf 5 2
1988 4 Symphonies Brahms; Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein 1
1988 Brahms: Symphonie 4 / Liszt: Les préludes Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2
1988 Concertos pour violon Mendelssohn, Brahms; Yehudi Menuhin 2
1988 Violin Concerto / Alto Rhapsody / Haydn Variations Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1989 Liszt: Hungarian Fantasia / Hungarian Rhapsodies nos. 2 (12) & 5 / Brahms: 4 Hungarian Dances Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms; Shura Cherkassky, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 2
1989 Sämtliche Sinfonien Brahms; Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1989 Wolf, Duparc, Schubert, Brahms Wolf, Duparc, Schubert, Brahms; Lotte Lehmann 1
1990 Brahms: Hungarian dances / Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Brahms, Dvořák; Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1990 Violin Concerto / Double Concerto Brahms; Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky 3
1990 Piano Concerto No. 2 / Tragic Overture / Academic Festival Overture Johannes Brahms 1
1990 Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor / Piano Quartet no. 2 in A Brahms; Pro Arte String Quartet, Artur Rubinstein / Busch String Quartet, Rudolf Serkin 1
1990 Schubert: Symphonie N° 4 en Ut mineur; "Tragique", D. 417 / Brahms: Symphonie N° 1 en Ut mineur, op. 68 Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms; Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion de Cologne, Otto Klemperer 1
1990 Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / Haydn Variations / Tragic Overture Brahms; Staatskapelle Dresden, Kurt Sanderling 1
1990 The 4 Symphonies / Haydn Variations / Overtures Brahms; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 1
1990 The Decca Masters, Volume 1 Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Brahms; Jascha Heifetz 1
1990 Violin Concerto / Double Concerto Brahms; Yehudi Menuhin, Willi Boskovsky, Emanuel Brabec, Orchestre du Festival de Lucerne, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1
1991 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra / Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra Brahms; Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1991 Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 / 6 Klavierstücke op. 118 Johannes Brahms; Anda Géza, Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1991 Dvořák: Concerto pour violoncelle / Brahms: Double Concerto Dvořák, Brahms; Mstislav Rostropovich, David Oistrakh 2
1992 Fantasien / Intermezzi / Klavierstücke Johannes Brahms; Wilhelm Kempff 1
1992 Références: Violinsonaten, Opp. 78, 100 / Horntrio, Op. 40 Johannes Brahms; Adolf Busch, Rudolf Serkin, Aubrey Brain 1
1992 A Brahms Festival Johannes Brahms 1
1992 Brahms: Violin Concerto / Sibelius: Violin Concerto Brahms, Sibelius; Zino Francescatti, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1992 Le Quatuor à cordes Alcan Haydn, Mozart, Brahms; Quatuor Alcan 1
1993 Herbert von Karajan Edition: Beethoven / Brahms / Mozart / Strauss Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Strauss; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
1993 Les Grands Concertos pour Violon Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius; Christian Ferras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Berlin, Herbert von Karajan 1
1993 Piano Concertos / Overtures / Haydn Variations Brahms; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Arrau 2
1993 Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur, op. 77 / Hungarian Dances for orchestra Johannes Brahms 1
1993 Symphony no. 1 / Variations on a Themy by Haydn Brahms; Chicago Symphony, Levine, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Ormandy 1
1993 Die Klassiksammlung 22: Brahms: Orchesterwerke Johannes Brahms 3
1993 Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsody No. 2 / Brahms: Hungarian Dances / Variations on a Theme of Haydn Enesco, Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti 1
1993 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat / Casadesus: 'Handel' Concerto in B minor / Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Mozart, Casadesus, Brahms; William Primrose, Albert Spalding 1
1993 Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 Brahms; The Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi 1
1993 Symphony No. 1 & Sonata No. 1 Johannes Brahms 1
1994 Lieder / Die schöne Magelone Brahms; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Barenboim, Sviatoslav Richter, Gerald Moore 2
1994 Piano Pieces Johannes Brahms; Radu Lupu 1
1994 Brahms: Symphony no. 2 / Schicksalslied / Mahler: Kindertotenlieder Brahms, Mahler; San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux, Marian Anderson 1
1994 Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book 2 / Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 12 / Beethoven: Sonata, op. 14 no. 1 Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven; London Symphony Orchestra, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Gina Bachauer 1
1994 Klavierstücke / Rhapsodies / Walzes / Intermezzi / Variations Brahms; Mikhail Rudy 1
1994 The Classical Collection 52: Brahms: Symphonic Masterpieces Johannes Brahms 2
1994 The Heifetz Collection, Volumes 11-15: The Concerto Collection Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Glazunov, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps; Heifetz 1
1994 The Symphonies Brahms; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink 1
1995 Serenades 1 & 2 / Haydn Variations Johannes Brahms 3
1995 The Complete Quintets Brahms; Berlin Philharmonic Octet, Werner Haas 1
1995 Szeryng Plays Great Concertos Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Lalo; Henryk Szeryng 1
1995 Brahms: 8 Hungarian Dances / Dvořák: 5 Slavonic Dances Brahms, Dvořák; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1995 Brahms: Sinfonien, Ungarische Tänze, Haydn-Variationen / Beethoven: Coriolan, Leonore Nr.2 Brahms, Beethoven; Wilhelm Furtwängler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1995 Klassik zum Kuscheln: The Romantic Brahms Johannes Brahms 1
1995 Klavierwerke, Vol. IV Johannes Brahms; Peter Rösel 1
1995 The Classical Collection 64: Brahms: Works of Passion Johannes Brahms 1
1996 The Greatest Hits Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Beethoven: "Archduke" Trio / Brahms: Violin Sonata / Schubert: Violin Sonata / Ysaye / Wieniawski / Suk / Kodaly Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert; David Oistrakh 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 3: Chamber Music Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 5: Lieder Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 7: Choral Works Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 1: Orchestral Works Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 2: Concertos Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 8: Works for Chorus and Orchestra Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 4: Piano Works Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Violin Concertos Brahms, Sibelius, Schumann; Gidon Kremer, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Andrei Gavrilov 1
1996 Complete Brahms Edition, Volume 6: Vocal Ensembles Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Brahms: Sonatas for Cello and Piano nos. 1 & 2 / Mendelssohn: Sonata no. 2 in D major op. 58 Brahms, Mendelssohn; János Starker, György Sebök 1
1996 Complete Piano Quartets Brahms; Beaux Arts Trio, Walter Trampler 1
1996 Die Klassiksammlung 92: Brahms: Romantisches Pathos Johannes Brahms 3
1996 Orchesterwerke 2 Johannes Brahms 1
1996 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Variations on a Theme by Haydn Brahms; Hans Richter-Haaser, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1997 The Four Symphonies Brahms; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras 1
1997 The Three String Quartets / Piano Quintet Johannes Brahms; New Budapest Quartet, Piers Lane 1
1997 Works for Solo Piano Brahms; Julius Katchen 1
1997 Die Klassiksammlung 108: Brahms: Werke der Reifezeit Johannes Brahms 1
1997 Die Klassiksammlung 115: Romantische Kammermusik: Melodische Meisterwerke Schubert, Schumann, Brahms 1

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