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Recognition

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 December 2012

At the age of 38, Brahms was offered the post of artistic adviser and conductor to the prestigious Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, giving him access to the finest choir the city had to offer and a full professional symphony orchestra. Brahms was soon attracting a lot of attention and he came to be regarded as the leading composer of the age in the eyes of musical Vienna.

Brahms had long been captivated by the sound of Hungarian folk music and there was nothing he liked better than to listen to the gypsy bands in the cafes and bars of Vienna. Donald Macleod introduces a selection of the Hungarian Dances Brahms had collected over the years, arranged for piano duet. Also, one of the best-loved of his small choral works with orchestra - the Song of Destiny, a group of song settings by one of his favourite poets, Georg Friedrich Daumer, and Brahms's first orchestral work for fourteen years, the St Anthony Variations.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:00

    Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No.18 in D

    Performers: Michelle Beroff and Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)

    EMI: CDC747 642 2, 34

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:03

    Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No.4 in F minor

    Performers: Michelle Beroff and Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)

    EMI: CDC7476422, 20

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:09

    Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)

    Performers: Danish National Choir Danish National Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Gerd Albrecth

    Chandos: CHAN10165

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:27

    Johannes Brahms 8 Lieder und Gesänger op.57 - No.2: Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst

    Performers: Christine Schäfer (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion: CDJ33122

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:28

    Johannes Brahms 8 Lieder und Gesanger op.57 - No.3 Es traumte mir, ich sei dir teuer

    Performers: Christine Schäfer (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion: CDJ33122

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:31

    Johannes Brahms 8 Lieder und Gesanger op.57 - No.4 Ach, wende diesen Blick

    Performers: Christine Schäfer (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion: CDJ33122

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:35

    Johannes Brahms Brahms St Anthony Variations Op.56a

    Performers: Cleveland Orchestra Conductor, VladimiarAshkenazy

    Decca: 433 548 2, 6

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:53

    Johannes Brahms Waldesnacht (Op.62 no.3)

    Performers: Eric Ericson’s Chamber Choir Conductor, Eric Ericson

    Teldec 0630 174262, 22

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:01

    Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No.18 in D

    Performers: Michelle Beroff and Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)

    EMI: CDC747 642 2, 34

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:03

    Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No.4 in F minor

    Performers: Michelle Beroff and Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)

    EMI: CDC7476422, 20

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:10

    Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)

    Performers: Danish National Choir Danish National Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Gerd Albrecth

    Chandos: CHAN10165

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:28

    Johannes Brahms 8 Lieder und Gesänger op.57 - No.2: Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst

    Performers: Christine Schäfer (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion: CDJ33122

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:29

    Johannes Brahms 8 Lieder und Gesanger op.57 - No.3 Es traumte mir, ich sei dir teuer

    Performers: Christine Schäfer (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion: CDJ33122

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:32

    Johannes Brahms 8 Lieder und Gesanger op.57 - No.4 Ach, wende diesen Blick

    Performers: Christine Schäfer (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion: CDJ33122

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:36

    Johannes Brahms Brahms St Anthony Variations Op.56a

    Performers: Cleveland Orchestra Conductor, VladimiarAshkenazy

    Decca: 433 548 2, 6

  • Image for Johannes Brahms
    00:54

    Johannes Brahms Waldesnacht (Op.62 no.3)

    Performers: Eric Ericson’s Chamber Choir Conductor, Eric Ericson

    Teldec 0630 174262, 22

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