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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (Composer)

Born: 7th May 1833, Hamburg

Died: 3rd April 1897, Vienna

Nationality: German

Johannes Brahms was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. His reputation and status as a composer are 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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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.

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 Recording of the Week, András Schiff performs piano concertos by Brahms

The Hungarian-born pianist is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a recording of Brahms's two piano concertos that strips away performance traditions to present refreshingly original accounts of both works, full of detail and character.

 Interview, Elīna Garanča on Schumann and Brahms

The Latvian mezzo talks to Katherine about her first lieder recording (released earlier this month on Deutsche Grammophon, with Malcolm Martineau), and preparing to make her Wagner debut as Kundry...

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