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Today’s Memory – Johannes Brahms – Amintirea de azi

Johannes Brahms

7 May 1833, Hamburg – 3 April 1897, Vienna


 

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist.

The son of a musician, he became a piano prodigy. In 1853 he met the composer Robert Schumann and his pianist wife, Clara; Robert immediately proclaimed him a genius, and Clara became the lifelong object of his affections. In 1863 Brahms moved to Vienna, which would remain his principal home until his death. He took several positions as choral and orchestral conductor and performed as a soloist.

The success of his German Requiem (1868) gave him an international reputation; his first symphony (1876) brought him even greater fame, and his violin concerto (1879) and second piano concerto (1882) led many to acclaim him the greatest living composer.

Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 • Wiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

His music complemented and counteracted the rapid growth of Romantic individualism in the second half of the 19th century. He was a traditionalist in the sense that he greatly revered the subtlety and power of movement displayed by the Classical composers Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. His orchestral works include four symphonies (1876, 1877, 1883, 1885), two piano concertos (1858, 1881), a violin concerto (1878), and a double concerto for violin and cello (1887).

Johannes Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major Op.77 • Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, Violin: Itzhak Perlman

His chamber music includes four string quartets, two string sextets, two string quintets, three piano quartets, three piano trios, and violin, cello, piano, and clarinet sonatas. He also wrote choral music and more than 250 lieder.

A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works; he worked with some of the leading performers of his time. 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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.

More on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Brahms

 

Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 • Staatskapelle Dresden, Conductor: Christian Thielemann, Piano: Maurizio Pollini

 

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Johannes Brahms

7 mai 1833, Hamburg – 3 aprilie 1897, Vienna

 

Johannes Brahms a fost un compozitor romantic german, care a trăit cea mai mare parte a vieții sale în Austria, la Viena. A fost considerat de către mulți „succesorul” lui Beethoven, iar prima sa simfonie a fost descrisă de Hans von Bülow drept „a zecea a lui Beethoven” (supranume folosit și astăzi).

Tânărul Brahms a interpretat câteva concerte publice, dar nu a devenit foarte cunoscut drept pianist. În 1862 s-a stabilit permanent la Viena și a început să se dedice cu totul compoziției. Cu lucrări precum Un Recviem german, Brahms a dobândit în cele din urmă o solidă reputație și a devenit recunoscut încă din timpul vieții sale drept unul dintre marii compozitori.

Johannes Brahms – A  German Requiem, Op. 45 • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Conductor Sir Colin Davis, Chorus master Michael Gläser, Baritone Bryn Terfel, Soprano Angela Maria Blasi

Prima sa simfonie a apărut în 1876, iar celelalte trei au urmat apoi într-o succesiune îndestul de rapidă (1877, 1883, 1885). În 1890, la vârsta de 57 de ani, Brahms a decis să renunțe la activitatea de compoziție. S-a dovedit mai târziu, însă, că nu și-a putut respecta decizia și în anii premergători morții sale a scris un număr de capodopere recunoscute, inclusiv cele Două sonate pentru clarinet, Op. 120 (1894) și cele Patru Melodii Serioase (Vier ernste Gesänge), Op. 121 (1896).

Mai mult: https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Brahms

 

All the symphonies of Brahms Complete

 

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