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The Little Leopard and the Great Lion

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's collaboration with the court of Saxe-Meiningen's musical director, Hans von Bulow. With Nanie, String Quintet No 1 (1st mvt) and Gesang der Parzen.

Johannes Brahms the 'Great Lion' collaborates with the Little Leopard Hans von Bülow. Presented by Donald Macleod.

German composer Johannes Brahms became a significant figure in Western music during his own lifetime, and has retained this position ever since. His works were performed throughout Europe, the UK and the USA, and displayed much passion in keeping with the musical language of the mid to late nineteenth century. Donald Macleod this week explores some of the larger orchestral works Brahms composed, taking on the mantle from Beethoven and Schubert, and the periods in which they were written. The series includes the First Piano Concerto, his German Requiem, concertos for violin, and for violin and cello, and also his third and fourth symphonies.

During the early 1880s Brahms found a new champion of his music, Hans von Bülow. Bülow became director of music at the ducal court of Saxe-Meiningen, and took charge of the orchestra there. He gave Brahms the opportunity to try out a number of his orchestral works before they were premiered, including his Second Piano Concerto, and also his third and fourth symphonies. Brahms became a favourite at the court with Duke George II, and was awarded the Commander?s Cross of the House of Meiningen. It was for the Duke that Brahms dedicated his Song of the Fates, Gesang der Parzen.

Bei dir sind meine Gedanken, Op 95 No 2
Der Jäger, Op 95 No 4 (1883-4)
Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo-soprano
Graham Johnson, piano

Nänie, Op 82
Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis, conductor

String Quintet No 1 in F major, Op 88 (1st mvt)
Amadeus Quartet
Cecil Aronowitz, viola

Gesang der Parzen, Op 89
Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
Philippe Herreweghe, director

Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 90 (3rd and 4th mvt)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

Producer Luke Whitlock.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    7 Songs Op.95 - Bei dir sind meine Gedanken

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager.
    • Hyperion: CDJ33121.
    • Hyperion.
    • 23.
  • Johannes Brahms

    7 Songs Op.95 - Der Jager

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager.
    • Hyperion: CDJ33121.
    • Hyperion.
    • 23.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Nanie Op.82

    Performer: Bavarian R S O. Performer: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • RCA : 09026-61201-2.
    • RCA.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Quintet No. 1 In F major Op.88 - 1st movement; Allegro non troppo ma con brio

    Performer: Cecil Aronowitz. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : dg-419 877-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Gesang der Parzen [Song of the fates] Op.89

    Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI LPH003.
    • PHI.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 3 in F major Op.90 - 3rd movement; Poco allegretto

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS : 8-557430.
    • NAXOS.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 3 in F major Op.90 - 4th movement; Allegro

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS : 8-557430.
    • NAXOS.
    • 3.

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