Brahms, Johannes, Part I

August 16, 2019, 7:00 pm

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The first of a two-week biography exploring the music and life of a defining voice of the German Romantic Era. In his formative year as a pianist, Brahms befriends Robert and Clara Schumann, and with their support and later with the violinist Joseph Joachim, develops his musical voice. Bill speaks of Brahms’ struggles to publish symphonies on the heels of Beethoven‑ his two orchestra serenades were played publicly twenty years before his four symphonies. We end this first part of Brahms’ story with the German Requiem.

Playlist

Episode 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21, “Waldstein” (excerpt)
Kovacevich, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 53, 78, & 110 / Kovacevich
EMI 54896; :59

Robert Schumann: Paradies und die Peri (excerpts)
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique/Gardiner
Schumann: Das Paradies Und Die Peri / John Eliot Gardiner
Archiv Produktion 457660; :27, 2:09

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 54 (excerpt)
Chamber Orch. of Europe/Harnoncourt; Argerich, piano
Piano Concerto / Violin Concerto
Teldec 90696; ​1:38

Jenö Hubay: “On the Waves of the Balaton” (excerpt)
Ens/Lakatos, violin
Hejre Kati – Works By Liszt, Brahms, Kálmán, Hubay
Qualition LPX 10077; 2:50

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in g minor, Op. 25, IV (excerpt)
Kremer, violin; Bashmet, viola; Maisky, violoncello; Argerich, piano
Argerich – Kremer – Bashmet – Maisky
DG 463700; :31

Johannes Brahms: Scherzo in e-flat minor, Op. 4
Zimerman, piano
Great Pianist of the 20th Century – Krystian Zimerman
Philips 456 997; 9:35

Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in b-flat minor, Op. 31 (excerpt)
Rubinstein, piano
Rubinstein plays Chopin
RCA 687122; :24

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in b minor, S 178, (excerpt)
Argerich, piano
Début Recital / Martha Argerich
DG 447430; 3:38

Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1, I & II
Richter, piano
Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 – Teatro Del Bibiena, Mantova, 1987
London 436457; 11:20 & 5:58

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29, Hammerklavier, (excerpt)
Goode, piano
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas / Richard Goode
Nonesuch 79328; :15

Franz Schubert: “Der Leiermann” fron Die Winterreise (excerpt)
Goerne, baritone; Brendel, piano
Die Winterreise
Decca 467 092-2; :40

Johannes Brahms: “Liebestreu”, Op. 3 No. 1
Fink, mezzo-soprano; Vignoles, piano
Brahms – Lieder
HM 901926; 2:02

Johannes Brahms: “Frühling”, Op. 6 No. 2
Ameling, soprano; Baldwin, piano
Elly Ameling Sings Brahms Lieder
Philips 9500 398; 2:39

Episode 2

Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2 in f-sharp minor, Op. 2 (excerpts)
Richter, piano
Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 – Teatro Del Bibiena, Mantova, 1987
London 436457; 3:13, :35, 3:54, 1:41

Johannes Brahms: F.A.E Sonata for Violin and Piano, III
Milstein, violin; Bussotti, piano
Milstein Encores
EMI 66872; 4:25

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8, I
Szeryng, violin; Fournier, violoncello; Rubinstein, piano
Piano Trios 1 & 2
RCA 63072; 10:28

Clara Schumann: Romance Nos. 1 & 3, Op. 22
Van Keulen, violin; Brautigam, piano
Isabelle Van Keulen / Ronald Brautigam – Sonatas for Violin and Piano
– Brahms R & C Schumann Dietrich
Koch 3-6554; 6:01

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 (excerpts)
Scottish Chamber Orch/Mackerras
Brahms: Serenades No 1 & 2 / Charles Mackerras, Scottish
Telarc 80522; ​19:42

Episode 3

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major, II (excerpt)
Szeryng, violin; Fournier, violoncello; Rubinstein, piano
Trios, Opus 8 in B Major/ Opus 87 in C Major
RCA 63072; :41

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15, I
Cleveland Orch/Szell; Fleisher, piano
Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven and Brahms
Sony 1918052; ​21:17

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15, II
CSO/Reiner; Rubinstein, piano
Piano Concerto No 1; Capriccio, Intermezzo; Rhapsody
RCA 63034; 13:17

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A Major, I & V
NY Phil/Bernstein
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 / Serenade No 2 Bernstein Century
Sony 60970; 14:52

 

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15, III (excerpt)
CSO/Reiner; Rubinstein, piano
Piano Concerto No 1; Capriccio, Intermezzo; Rhapsody
RCA 63034; 3:01

Episode 4

Johannes Brahms: “Nicht Mehr Zu Dir Zu Gehen” from Lieder & Gesänge, Op. 32
Quasthoff, bass-baritone; Zeyen, piano
Lieder
DG 463 183; 2:58

Johannes Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, IV
Berlin Phil Octet
Brahms: Complete Chamber Music
Philips 454073; 6:59

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, II-V
Philharmonia Orch & Chorus/Klemperer; Dieskau, baritone
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Klemperer, Schwarzkopf
EMI 66955; 24:25, 15:32

Johannes Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, I (excerpt)
Berlin Phil Octet
Brahms: Complete Chamber Music
Philips 454073; ​1:43

Episode 5

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, V
Berlin Phil/Rattle; Röschmann, soprano
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
EMI 65393; 7:32

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45, VI & VII
Philharmonia Orch & Chorus/Klemperer
Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem – Otto Klemperer
EMI 66955; 21:54

 

Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in e minor, Op. 38, I
Rose, violoncello; Pommier, piano
Cello Sonatas
Virgin 90750; 15:10

 

Johannes Brahms: Waltzes for Piano Four Hands, Op. 39 No. 1-3
Argerich & Rabinovitch, piano
Brahms: Haydn Variations
Teldec 92257; 3:51

 

Johannes Brahms: Waltz in A Major, Op. 39 No. 15
Milstein, violin; Pommers, piano
Milstein Encores
EMI 66872; 1:27

 

Johannes Brahms: “Wegenlied” Op. 49 No. 4
von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Forsberg, piano
Lieder
DG 429727; 1:53