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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms 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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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.

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The Muse
Nino Gvetadze
String Quartet Op. 67 & Piano Quintet Op. 34
Hagen Quartett, Kirill Gerstein
Sonatas for Viola and Piano Vol. 2
Tabea Zimmermann, Kirill Gerstein
Sonatas for Viola and Piano Vol. 1
Tabea Zimmermann, Kirill Gerstein
introspective – retrospective
Hagen Quartett, Jörg Widmann
Brahms & Krenek, Piano Trios
Feininger Trio
LICHT! 800 Years of German Lied
Anna Lucia Richter | Ammiel Bushakevitz
The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin
Johannes Leertouwer | Julian Reynolds
The Last Epiphany
Thilo Dahlmann | Hedayet Djeddikar
Sonatas Op. 78 & Op. 110 | French Suite BWV 816 | Fantasies Op. 116
Georg Kjurdian
Vienna 1913
Kilian Herold & Hansjacob Staemmler
Brahms & Korngold, Piano Trios
Feininger Trio
In Search of
Gülru Ensari & Herbert Schuch
Ein Menschliches Requiem
Vlaams Radiokoor
Edition Klavierfestival Ruhr Vol. 40, Debüts und eine Uraufführung für Alfred Brendel
Various Artists
Brahms & Zemlinsky, Piano Trios
Feininger Trio
Piano Concerto No. 1, 16 Waltzes
Emmanuel Despax
Clarinet Sonatas Op. 120 – 4 Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121
Julian Bliss
Anna Tsybuleva
Virtuoso Dances
Linus Roth & José Gallardo
The Last Piano Pieces
Victor Rosenbaum
Complete works for Violin and Piano
Christoph Schickedanz
Clarinet Sonatas and Trio
Marie Ross
Father & Son (re-issue)
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Klavierstücke, Op. 76 | Rhapsodies, Op. 79 | Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 5
Peter Orth
Viola Sonata, Op. 120, Piano Trio, Op. 114
Daniel Heide | Andreas Willwohl | Isang Enders
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Ilker Arcayürek | Fiona Pollak
Dirty Minds
Olivia Vermeulen / Jan Philip Schulze
Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 / Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Würth Philharmoniker
The Complete Duos / Coda
Pieter Wispelwey / Paolo Giacometti
Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45 (London Version) [Sung in English]
Te Deum
Nature's Solace
Stephan Loges
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions
Cyprien Katsaris | Christoph Prégardien
Kacper Nowak & Christia Hudziy
Swan Songs
Christian Immler
Violin Concertos
Artur Kaganovskiy
Late Piano Works of Johannes Brahms
Eugene Asti
The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
Emil Gilels
Constellations Ardentes
Olivier Darbellay / Noëlle-Anne Darbellay / Benjamin Engeli
The Complete Duos / Rondo
Pieter Wispelwey | Paolo Giacometti
Brahms by the Bashmets
Yuri Bashmet | Ksenia Bashmet
Brahms Clarinet & Piano , Op. 119 & 120
Nicolai Pfeffer & Felix Wahl
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (vinyl)
André Navarra | Josef Suk | Karel Ančerl
... Into the Deepest Sea!
Sarah Wegener | Götz Payer
Complete Piano Trios and Quartets (6 CD-BOX)
Gould Piano Trio
Anna Tsybuleva
Romanzen aus Die Schöne Magelone
Roderick Williams
Works for Cello and Piano
Bartholomew LaFollette
Beethoven Brahms Rossini
Stefan Blonk
The Art of Violin 4
Jascha Heifetz
Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 35
Christopher Park & others
Go East!
Gülru Ensari & Herbert Schuch
Historical Recordings
Karlrobert Kreiten
Heartfelt - Romantic Works for Horn
Rob van de Laar
Brahms musique de chambre 12 CD
Various artists
The Complete Duos / Opus 100
Pieter Wispelwey / Paolo Giacometti
Variations Sérieuses
Gunilla Süssmann
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Jan Willem de Vriend
Berl Senofsky in Concert - EXPO '58 Brussels
Berl Senofsky
Incandescent Piano Recital
Catherine Lan
Gumboots / Clarinet Quintet
Julian Bliss
Serenade no. 1 / Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Residentie Orkest The Hague
String Quartets Op. 51, Nos. 1 & 2
New Orford String Quartet
Lullabies for Mila
Alessio Bax
Violin Concerto (vinyl)
Antje Weithaas
The Shepherd on the Rock
Julian Bliss
Germanic Giants
Marcel Luxen
Brahms & Bruckner Motets
Tenebrae Choir
String Sextets Nos. 1 & 2 ( Arr. for Piano Trio by Theodor Kirchner)
Trio Jean Paul
Violin Concerto, String Quintet Op. 111
Antje Weithaas
The Complete Duos / Trockne Blumen
Pieter Wispelwey
Anna Lucia Richter | Michael Gees
Huijnen & Hopman
Brahms | Ein Deutsches Requiem
Hervé Niquet / Flemish Radio Choir
The Complete Duos / Phantasie
Pieter Wispelwey / Paolo Giacometti
Barbara Westphal / Christian Ruvolo
Mit vierzig Jahren - Lieder
Håvard Stensvold
Father & Son
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Paganini Variations, Books I and II, Op. 35 / Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13
Sophia Agranovich
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet - Mozart: String Quartets, K. 499 & 575
Stuyvesant Quartet / Al Gallodoro
Helene Wold / Liv Glaser
Fuchs, Brahms - Clarinet Quintets
Sebastian Manz / The Danish String Quartet
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
Various artists
Lieder by Wolf and Brahms
Alastair Miles
Brahms (for female choir)
Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening
Stravinsky, Brahms & Piazzolla: Works For Piano-Four-Hands
Alessio Bax / Lucille Chung
Mozart, Brahms & Sulzer: Clarinet Quintets
Matthias Schorn & Minetti Quartett
Brahms: 7 Fantasias, Op.116
Mikhail Volchok
NedSym Lite
Strings attached - Arrangements for clarinet and strings
Arno Piters / Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Johannes Brahms, Cello Sonatas
Tanja Tetzlaff & Gunilla Suessmann
Alessio Bax plays Brahms
Alessio Bax
Folk Stories - Songs by Beethoven, Britten, Mahler, Respighi, Sibelius a.o.
Cora Burggraaf / Simon Lepper
Haydn . Brahms . String Quartets
Danish String Quartet
Linkages - Piano music by Brahms, Wagner, Schönberg a.o.
Martin Tchiba
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephen de Pledge
Songs And Sonatas For Viola And Piano
Complete Organ Works
Mardirosian, Haig
The Three Sonats For Cello & Piano
The Three Sonatas For Violin And Piano
The Four Symphonies
Philharmonia Orchestra
Amstel Tracks Now!
Amstel Quartet
Sinfonia in B
Joseph Swensen
Sonatas for Viola & Piano Op. 120
Henninge Landaas / Tim Horton
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio Plays Brahms and Smetana
Weiss Kaplan Newman Trio
Organ Works
Anders Eidsten Dahl
Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 Nos. 1 & 2 - Maerchenbilder. Op. 113
Rachel Roberts & Lars Vogt
Brahms: Sy No.1 & Sy No.3
Philharmonia Orch. / Von Dohnanyi
The Original Recordings 1951-1966
Willem van Otterloo
Sonatas for clarinet & piano
Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer / Hans Eijsackers
Mozart-Brahms Clarinet Quintets
Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group
Sonatas for violin & piano
Linus Roth & José Gallardo
Piano Quintet
William Howard
Between life and death - Songs and Arias
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Symphony No.2 & No.4
Philharmonia Orchestra
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Opus 115
Ensemble Walter Boeykens
Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Violin and Piano Nos 1-3 & Scherzo
Antje Weithaas & Silke Avenhaus
J. Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5, Pianostuecke, Op. 119 & C. Schumann: Romance in B Minor
Sheila Arnold
Violin Sonates
The Organ of Westminster
Robert Quinney
Merry Christmas!
Miranda van Kralingen / Matangi Quartet
Johannes Brahms, Piano quintet in F minor op. 34 & Sextett No 2 in G, op 36
L. Vogt & C. Tetzlaff & I.Faust & V.Eberle & S.Fehlandt & H.Weinmeister & G.Rivinius & J. Steckel
John Lill plays Brahms and Schumann
John Lill
Merry Christmas
Chicago Brass Quintet
Phillips / Purvis / Goode / Schulte / Feinberg
Brahms & Bernstein
Jaap van Zweden / George Pieterson
The Sextets
Hausmusik London
Four Hands Piano Music
Patricia Verhagen | Paul Komen
The Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano
Godfried Hoogeveen / Frédéric Meinders
Piano Quintets
Paul Komen, Rubio String Quartet
String Quartets 1 & 2
Rubio String Quartet
Piano Works
Ivo Janssen
Ivo Janssen
Brahms String Quartets | Clarinet Quintet
Orpheus Quartet
Hongaarse Dans / De Mooiste Muziek
Various Artists
Saxophone & Piano
Arno Bornkamp / Ivo Janssen
Robert Holl / Rudolf Jansen
Nederlandse Orgelpracht Deel 2
Wim van Beek / Gonny van de Maten / Wouter van de Broek
Nieuw Sinfoniett - Lev Markiz - St. Petersburg
Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Lev Markiz