Johannes Brahms Biography (Wikipedia)
Johannes Brahms (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. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable. He is considered one of the greatest composers in history, and is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs", a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for piano, organ, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for 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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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 Baroque and Classical masters. He was a master of counterpoint, the complex and highly disciplined art for which Johann Sebastian Bach is famous, and 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.
- Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major (extract)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ns3bv.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ns3bv.jpg2016-04-20T11:00:00.000ZPreview of music performed at the BBC Proms.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03ns3gc
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major (extract)
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (extract)
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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor (extract)
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Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor (extract)
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Brahms: Violin Sonata in G, Op.78
- Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2 in F, Op 99.http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wtqr5.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wtqr5.jpg2015-07-11T13:20:00.000ZBuilding a Library compares recordings of the second cello sonata by Johannes Brahms.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02wtqr9
Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2 in F, Op 99.
- Alec Frank-Gemmill and Alasdair Beatson play Brahms' Scherzo from F.A.E. Sonatahttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wndsk.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wndsk.jpg2015-07-09T14:57:00.000ZAlec Frank-Gemmill and Alasdair Beatson play Brahms' Scherzo from F.A.E. Sonatahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02wnf9f
Alec Frank-Gemmill and Alasdair Beatson play Brahms' Scherzo from F.A.E. Sonata
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Brahms Experience: Johannes Brahms
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Stephen Grosz on Brahms
- Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02085t3.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02085t3.jpg2014-07-11T13:29:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Tom Service talks about the Piano Concerto No. 1, by Brahms.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022ndsk
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
- Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxhr9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxhr9.jpg2014-07-11T13:12:00.000ZProms Music Guide: Stephen Johnson on Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022nc75
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
- Brahms: Violin Concertohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxh0n.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxh0n.jpg2014-07-11T12:57:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Andrew McGregor talks about Brahms' Violin Concerto.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022nbjd
Brahms: Violin Concerto
- Brahms: Double Concertohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01t1y1c.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01t1y1c.jpg2014-07-11T12:50:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Tom Service talks about Brahms's Double Concerto.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022n9dz
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