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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 An uncompromising perfectionist, Brahms destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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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WAGNER Parsifal - Good Friday Spell
VERDI Te Deum
BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody
MONTEVERDI Magnificat
HANDEL Xerxes - Largo
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1
HINDEMITH Concert Music For Strings And Brass

Live broadcast concerts, 1956
Total duration:  2hr 15:36

Martha Lipton, alto
Rudolf Firkušný
, piano
New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Guido Cantelli

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
ROUSSEL Sinfonietta for String Orchestra
BERLIOZ Marche Hongroise
Recorded in 1951
Total duration: 51:33

NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Guido Cantelli

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
VIVALDI Concerto Grosso Op.3, No. 8
Recorded live in 1952, New York City
Total duration: 57:48

NBC Symphony Orchestra
conductor Guido Cantelli

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BRAHMS Double Concerto
BOCCHERINI Cello Sonata No. 4
DVORAK Cello Concerto
Recorded Barcelona 1929 and Prague 1937
Total duration: 75:27

Pablo Casals, cello
Jacques Thibaud,
violin
Blas Net, piano
Pablo Casals Orchestra, Alfred Cortot
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Geroge Szell


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ELGAR Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 2
plus music by Fauré, Godard, Granados, Saint-Saëns

Studio recordings, 1926-1945
Total duration: 72:42

Pau Casals, cello
Mieczyslaw Horszowski, piano
Nicolai Mednikov, piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Sir Adrian Boult

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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1
GRIEG Piano Concerto

Recorded in 1953 & 1951
Total duration: 77:45

Clifford Curzon, piano
Concertgebouw Orchestra

Eduard van Beinum,
conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Anatole Fistoulari,
conductor