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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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 has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. 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
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
2006 Ses enregistrements 1930-1956 Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Franck, Liszt, Стравинский; Yves Nat 1
2013 Ein Deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms; Wilma Lipp, Franz Crass, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wiener Symphoniker & Wolfgang Sawallisch 1
Four Symphonies Johannes Brahms 1
Klavierkonzert Nr.2 - Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Orchestra Johannes Brahms 1
Overtures & Concerto Op. 77 Johannes Brahms 1
Sonatas for Violin and Piano Johannes Brahms; Arthur Rubinstein, Henryk Szeryng 1
Symphonie No. 2 / Tragische Ouvertüre Johannes Brahms 1
Symphony No. 1 and 2 Johannes Brahms 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Magic of Brahms Johannes Brahms; Warshaw Philharmonic, Bernhard Stopler 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Violin Concerto Brahms; Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, Viktoria Mullova 1
2008 Symfonie no. 2 Johannes Brahms; Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Mariss Jansons 1
2011-07-19: BBC Proms 2011: Prom 6: Royal Albert Hall, City of Westminster, London, England, UK Carl Maria von Weber / Johannes Brahms / Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский 1

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