Brahms

Brahms
Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist of the Romantic period. 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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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. An uncompromising perfectionist, Brahms destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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. Embedded within his meticulous structures, however, are deeply romantic motifs.
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Brahms

Brahms

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist of the Romantic period. 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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.<...
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BRAHMS Horn Trio
BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 1
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet

Studio and live recordings, 1933-1951
Total duration: 1hr 59:03

Adolf Busch, violin
Aubrey Brain, horn
Rudolf Serkin, piano
Reginald Kell, clarinet
Busch String Quartet

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BRAHMS Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK  Violin Concerto

Live recordings, 1942-44
Total duration:  73:08

Adolf Busch, violin
New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra
conducted by William Steinberg
National Orchestral Association
conducted by Léon Barzin
NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Frank Black

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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
Recorded 1952
Total duration: 45:51

Wilhelm Backhaus, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Carl Schuricht

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BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
DELIUS North Country Sketches
Recorded 1949, 1956 and 1958
Total duration: 73:00

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor Sir Thomas Beecham

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BRAHMS String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3
BRAHMS String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2
BRAHMS String Sextet No. 2

Studio recordings, 1932-1937
Total duration: 2hr 26:04

Budapest String Quartet:
Joseph Roisman (violin I)
Alexander Schneider (violin II)
István Ipólyi or *Boris Kroyt (viola)
Mischa Schneider (cello)

with Alfred Hobday, Hans Mahlke (viola)
Anthony Pini (cello)

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BRAHMS String Quintet No. 1 in F, Op. 88


Recorded on 8th February, 1937, Abbey Road, London
Total Duration: 24:59

The Budapest Quartet:
Josef Roismann,
violin
Alexander Schneider,
violin
Boris Kroyt,
viola
Mischa Schneider,
cello
with:
Alfred Hobday, viola