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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 An uncompromising perfectionist, Brahms destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 String Quintet No 2 in G, Op 111

Recorded on 15, 17 November 1932, Beethovensaal, Berlin

Total Duration: 22:57

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

with:
Hans Mahlke, viola


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STAFFORD SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 1
SCHUBERT Rondo Brillant
BUSCH Violin Sonata No. 2

Live recordings, 1944-48
Total duration: 67:45

Adolf Busch, violin
Rudolf Serkin, piano

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
BRAHMS Tragic Overture
BRAHMS Nänie

Live and studio recordings, 1942-1950
Total duration: 2hr 25:36

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir
Vienna Symphony Orchestra

conducted by Fritz Busch

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BRAHMS String Quartets Nos. 1-3

BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1

Studio Recordings · 1932-49
Total duration: 2hr 13:36


The Busch Quartet
with
Rudolf Serkin 
piano

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BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1
BRAHMS String Sextet No. 1

Live concert recordings, 1949
Total duration: 70:36

Busch Quartet
Adolf Busch, Bruno Straumann, violins
Hugo Gottesmann, viola
Herman Busch, cello

with Rudolf Serkin, piano
Albert Bertschmann, viola
August Wenzinger, cello

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Recorded live in 1954
Duration 42:00

Boston Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli