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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (1833-97)

Composer

One of the great German composers. He drew from the Classical period in respect of form but allowed a full flowering of Romantic spirit to reveal the expressive nature of his music which is rich in colour and texture.

He ranks alongside Beethoven as a master of the Symphony, a form he did not rush into-he was in his forties before the first four appeared. His friendship with the violinist Joachim led to his Violin Concerto, one of the most expressive in the repertoire. The German Requiem is his only major choral work but he also wrote several hundred songs and arrangements.

Further Reading: Brahms

 Interview, Lars Vogt on Brahms

The German pianist and conductor talks to Katherine about the joys and challenges of directing the two Brahms concertos from the keyboard on his recent recordings with Royal Northern Sinfonia on Ondine.

 Interview, Jack Liebeck on Brahms and Schoenberg

The violinist talks to Katherine about his BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month, which was inspired in part by the memory of his grandfather Walter Liebeck - an accomplished amateur violinist and German emigré.

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