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. 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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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.
- Beautiful Brahms: Mark Simpson and Richard Uttley perform his Clarinet Sonata live on In Tunehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04d37sl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04d37sl.jpg2016-10-25T10:40:00.000ZClarinettist Mark Simpson and pianist Richard Uttley play the first movement of the Clarinet Sonata in E flat major by Johannes Brahms.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04d3dy6
Beautiful Brahms: Mark Simpson and Richard Uttley perform his Clarinet Sonata live on In Tune
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Proms interval talk: Brahms's Second Symphony
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- Proms interval talk: Simon Callow reads from the German Romanticshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041w2v1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041w2v1.jpg2016-08-05T11:44:00.000ZActor and writer Simon Callow reads from some of the German Romantic authors, playwrights and poets who inspired Johannes Brahms.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p043q122
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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major (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)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03pgrxr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03pgrxr.jpg2016-04-17T11:00:00.000ZPreview of music performed at the BBC Promshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03pgs12
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- Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2 in F, Op 99.https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wtqr5.jpghttps://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. Sonatahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02wndsk.jpghttps://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
- Brahms Experience: Johannes Brahmshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028d6h1.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p028d6h1.jpg2014-10-10T12:00:00.000ZDonald Macleod explores the friendship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumannhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p028d7fh
Brahms Experience: Johannes Brahms
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Stephen Grosz on Brahms
- Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02085t3.jpghttps://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. 2https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxhr9.jpghttps://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
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