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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Great Romantic Symphonies Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Mahler, Bruckner, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Dvořák, Strauss 1
2012 Great Violin Concertos Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Spohr, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, Brahms, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Elgar, Wieniawski, Dvořák, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev 1
2012 Symphonies nos. 2 & 4 Johannes Brahms; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
2012 Hungarian Dances / Slavonic Dances Brahms, Dvořák; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer 1
2013 The Symphonies Brahms; Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester 1
2013 Concertos, Sonatas and more... Brahms, Lalo, Leclair, Paganini, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky; Itzhak Perlman 1
50 Classical Highlights Johannes Brahms 1
Arrau Edition: Brahms Johannes Brahms; Claudio Arrau 1
Brahms for Book Lovers Johannes Brahms 1
Brahms Greatest Hits Johannes Brahms 1
Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1, Sonatas nos. 23, 12, 22 Brahms, Beethoven; Leinsdorf, Munch, Richter 1
Brahms: Ungarische Tänze / Dvořák: Slawische Tänze Brahms, Dvořák; Wiener Symphoniker, Tibor Paul, Karel Ančerl 1
Brahms' Greatest Hits Johannes Brahms 1
Chamber Music Johannes Brahms 1
Complete Chamber Music Johannes Brahms 1
Complete Piano Music Brahms; Martin Jones 1
Concerto pour violon et orchestre & Nouvelles valses d’amour Johannes Brahms 1
Eugen Jochum Conducts Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 1 and 2 Brahms; Eugen Jochum 1
Greatest Hits Johannes Brahms 1
Konzert und "Regenlied-Sonate" für Violine Brahms; Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman 1
Liszt Brahms Strawinsky a.m.o. Liszt, Brahms, Strawinsky; Alfred Brendel 1
Meditation, Volume 3 Rimsky-Korsakov, Chopin, Reger, Debussy, Stravinksy, Brahms, Lalo 1
Pablo Casals plays Brahms Brahms; Pablo Casals 1
Piano Quintet / Clarinet Quintet Brahms; Bartók Quartet 1
Romantische Klavierwerke Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Grieg 1
Set Your Life to Music: Brahms at Bedtime Johannes Brahms 1
The Brahms Collection Johannes Brahms 1
The Complete Works for Piano Solo and the Two Piano Concertos Brahms; İdil Biret 1
The Composer Johannes Brahms 1
The Great Composers II Johannes Brahms 1
The Juilliard String Quartet Plays Schubert & Brahms Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms; Juilliard String Quartet, Charles Neidich, Walter Trampler 1
The Perfect Brahms Johannes Brahms 1
The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 63 Johannes Brahms; Arthur Rubinstein 1
Ungarische Tänze für Orchester & für Klavier zu vier Händen Johannes Brahms; Katia & Marielle Labèque, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 2
Violin Concertos Brahms, Dvořák; Isaac Stern, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Brahms: Piano Quintet / Schubert: 'Trout' Quintet Brahms, Schubert; Amadeus Quartet, Clifford Curzon 1
2013 Symphonies nos. 1 & 2 / Tragic Overture / Variations on a Theme of Haydn Johannes Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
Ein deutsches Requiem / Symphony no. 1 Johannes Brahms; Stockholm Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Sergiu Comissiona) Brahms; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sergiu Comissiona 1
1988 Ein deutsches Requiem Brahms; Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini, Barbara Bonney, Andreas Schmidt, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor 2
1990 Symphony no. 1 Brahms; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Günter Wand 1
1991 Brahms: Symphonie No.2 / Beethoven: "Leonore III", Große Fuge Brahms, Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 1
1992 Violinkonzert Brahms; Itzhak Perlman, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim 2
1994 Symphonies 1-4 Brahms; NDR-Sinfonieorchester, Günter Wand 2
1996 Brahms: 4 Ballades / Intermezzos / Schumann: Piano Sonata no. 2 / Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 566 / Impromptu D. 935 no. 2 Brahms, Schumann, Schubert; Wilhelm Kempff 1
1996 The Berlin Recital Brahms, Debussy, Franck, Mozart; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis 1
1997 Brahms: Violinkonzert / Schumann: Fantasie Op. 131 Brahms, Schumann; Anne-Sophie Mutter, New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur 2
1997 The Symphonies / Haydn Variations / Academic Festival Overture / Tragic Overture Brahms; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1998 Piano Concerto no. 1 Brahms; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould 2
1998 Violin Sonatas [Salzburg Festival 1972] Brahms, Prokofiev; David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter 1
1998 Concerto no. 1, op. 15 Brahms; Staatskapelle Berlin, Kurt Sanderling, Hélène Grimaud 2
1998 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Symphony no. 1 Brahms; Vladimir Horowitz, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 1
1998 Symphony 4 Brahms; NDR-Sinfonieorchester, Günter Wand 1
1999 Symphonies 2 - 4 Brahms; Münchner Philharmoniker, Sergiu Celibidache 1
2000 Brahms: Piano Sonata no. 3 / Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs / Liszt: 2 Etudes / Dohnányi: Rhapsody no. 3 Brahms, Bartók, Liszt, Dohnányi; Annie Fischer 1
2000 The Four Symphonies / Haydn Variations / Tragic Overture Brahms; Philharmonia Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 1
2001 Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor / Schumann: Papillons / Fantasie in C Brahms, Schumann; Wilhelm Kempff 1
2001 Brahms: Symphony no. 3 / Schumann: Symphony no. 4 Brahms, Schumann; BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux 1
2002 Brahms: Symphony no. 2 / Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 Brahms, Beethoven; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2002 Spanish Songs / Berlioz: Excerpts from Les nuits d'été Scarlatti, Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, Ravel, Duparc, Brahms, Berlioz; Victoria de los Ángeles, Gerald Moore, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Schwarz 1
2002 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Brahms: Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky, Brahms; David Oistrakh, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman Del Mar, Sir Malcolm Sargent 1
2005 Mozart: Piano Sonata in F major, K. 322 / Schubert: Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 / Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major, op. 101 / Brahms: Intermezzos, op. 119 nos. 1 & 3 Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms; Wilhelm Kempff 1
2005 Brahms: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 / Rääts: Sinfonie Nr. 5 Johannes Brahms, Jaan Rääts; Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Golo Berg, Peter Rösel 1
2005 Dvořák: Sonatina / Janáček, Brahms, Beethoven: Sonatas Dvořák, Janáček, Brahms, Beethoven; Rudolf Firkušný, Josef Suk 1
2007 Beethoven: Egmont Overture / Violin Concerto / Brahms: Violin Sonata in D minor Beethoven, Brahms; Wolfgang Schneiderhan, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész, Carl Seemann 1
2008 Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben / Brahms: 8 Songs, Op. 57 Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms; Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Julius Drake 1
2009 BBC Music, Volume 18, Number 1: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Academic Festival Overture Johannes Brahms; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Christoph König, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox, Nelson Goerner 1
2009 Cello Sonatas and Four Hungarian Dances Brahms; Bion Tsang, Anton Nel 1
2010 Bach / Brahms / Britten Bach, Brahms, Britten, Chopin; Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon 1
2010 Symphonies 1 & 3 Johannes Brahms; The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 1
2010 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 2 Johannes Brahms; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski 1
2011 Brahms: Double Concerto / Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Brahms, Mendelssohn; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Yo‐Yo Ma 2
2011 Brahms: Piano Quartet no. 1 / Accompanying Music to a Film Scene / Chamber Symphony no. 1 Schoenberg, Brahms; Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle 1
2011 Ein Deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms; Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Hansjörg Albrecht, Ruth Ziesak, Konrad Jarnot 1
2013 Piano Concertos Johannes Brahms; Hélène Grimaud, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wiener Philharmoniker, Andris Nelsons 1
2013 Symphony no. 1 / Tragic Overture Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2014 Symphony no. 2 / Variations on a Theme of Haydn Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2014 Symphony no. 3 / Symphony no. 4 Brahms; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski 1
2014 German Requiem Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Sally Matthews, Christopher Maltman, London Symphony Chorus, Simon Halsey 1
2014 Symphonies nos. 3 & 4 Brahms; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2016 Klavierkonzerte Nr. 1 & 2 Brahms; Maurizio Pollini, Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann 1
Ein deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms; The English Arts Chorale, Leslie Olive 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring / Sonata no. 14 in G major, L. 387 / Intermezzo in A-flat, op. 76 no. 3 / Capriccio in B minor, op. 76 no. 2 Bach, Scarlatti, Brahms; Myra Hess 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Dvorak: Cello Concerto, op. 104 / Brahms: Symphony no. 3, op. 90 Dvořák, Brahms; Pierre Fournier, RTSI Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen 1
1998 David Oistrakh Edition, Volume 2: Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák Brahms, Dvořák; Давид Фёдорович Ойстрах 1
2008 Complete Works Johannes Brahms 1
2012 Tragic Overture Johannes Brahms; Musopen Symphony Orchestra 1
Brahms: Symphony, No. 2 in D, Op. 73, Tragic Overture and Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a Johannes Brahms 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 13 Johannes Brahms 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 25 Johannes Brahms 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 27 Johannes Brahms 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 42 Johannes Brahms 1
Symphonies 1-4 Brahms; Hallé Orchestra 1
Symphony no. 1 / Hungarian Dances nos. 1 & 10 Johannes Brahms 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Big Brahms Box Johannes Brahms 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Best of Brahms Johannes Brahms 1
1990 Violin Concertos Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms; Jascha Heifetz, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
1991 Complete Works Johannes Brahms 1
1995 Symphony no. 2 / Tragic Overture Johannes Brahms; Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Günther Herbig 1
1997 Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 73 Johannes Brahms; Berliner Symphoniker, Eduardo Marturet 2

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