13 Feb 2012

The piano and chamber music of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

From Composer of the Week, 7:15 pm on 13 February 2012

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Photo: Public Domain

When the young Brahms visited the Schumanns at their home and played them some of his music, a clearly impressed Clara Schumann wrote in her journal:

'Here is one who comes as if sent from God. He played us sonatas and scherzos of his own, all of them rich in fantasy depth of feeling and mastery of form.  It's truly moving to behold him at the piano - his interesting young face transfigured by the music, his fine hands which easily overcome the greatest difficulties and above all his marvelous works. A great future lies before him, for when he comes to the point of writing for orchestra he will have found the true medium for his imagination.'

Music Details:

Brahms: Allegro and Scherzo: Allegro molto e con fuoco from Piano Sonata No 1 in C, Op 1 – Oleg Marshev (pno) (Danacord DACD CD 643)

Brahms: I, V, XXVI from Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op 24 – Emanuel Ax (pno) (SONY SK 48 046)
Brahms: Allegro con brio from Piano Trio in B, Op 8 – The Florestan Trio (Hyperion CDS 44337)
Brahms: Allegro ma non troppo from String Sextet in B flat – Raphael Ensemble (Hyperion CDS 44331)
Brahms: Rondo alla Zingaresa from Piano Quartet in G minor – Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano), Leopold String Trio (Hyperion CDS 44335)
Brahms: Andante from Horn Trio, Op 40 – Stephen Stirling (horn), Anthony Marwood (vln), Susan Tomes (pno) (Hyperion CDS 44337)
Brahms: Vivace from String Quartet in B flat major, Op 67 – New Budapest Quartet (Hyperion CDS 44334)
Brahms: Allegro amabile from Violin Sonata in A, Op 100 – Krysia Osostowicz (vln), Susan Tomes (pno) (Hyperion CDS 44341)
Brahms: Allegro from Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115 – Dame Thea King (cl), Gabrieli String Quartet (Hyperion CDS 44339)
Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op 118 No 6 – Emanuel Ax (pno) (SONY SK 48 046)
Brahms: Allegro non troppo ma con brio from String Quintet No 2 in G, Op 111 – The Raphael Ensemble (Hyperion CDS 44332)

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