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  1. Classical Music Discussion
    Does anyone have this album? The cover here is chewed, but the records all look very good. Hoping to hear them in the next few days...
  2. Blog
    Here is the last of Brahms' three quartets, written in the summer of 1875. Brahms supposedly worked on this whilst avoiding writing his first symphony. He had a special love for this quartet (stating it was his favourite - it's mine too) and it sounds like the work of a man taking a break from...
  3. Blog
    There's plenty of Schubertian charm and rhythmic complexity in the challenging opening movement and I love how this develops. The slow movement swoops, soars and flows but there's real conflict, here, a nervous and very Schubertian interjection (a central passage in which the first violin and...
  4. Orchestral Music
    I know this poll has been done before, but it simply gave a listing of each symphony, with no other choices. I'm not the only one I know who finds all 4 to be equally amazing, and I know (sad to say) that there are some who don't like the Brahms symphonies, or Brahms in general. But this is a...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    I know I know, there’s already a thread on Brahms 2nd symphony. But I think this is different. I’m asking for a recording for exploring the work for the first time and i’m going to reference back to said recording. Lately I have been listening to Brahms symphonies and so far I have listened to...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Hubby and I like to try to identify the composer when we turn on the radio in the middle of a piece we don't recognize. In a high number of cases we can identify Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart/Haydn. The game is only "fair" if the passages we hear don't include identifiable tunes. And, of...
  7. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Put these composers in order from 1-5, 1 being your favourite, 5 your least. Here they are in alphabetical order: Brahms, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky. I'm interested to see peoples opinion of these composers compared to one another. This may have been done before or something...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    The ascending piano chromatic scales in the first movement of Brahms PC #2 don't fit. :confused: I think i've only heard Kovacevich fit them in time. There is one around minute 8 and one at the ending at least, just off the top of my head.
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    Brahms's chamber music is the most satisfying 'cycle' in all of music. Forget Beethoven's sonatas; forget Mahler's symphonies; forget Haydn's baryton trios. Did you know Brahms wrote 24 major chamber compositions between 1854 and 1894? Well I thought I would rank them all according to the...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi all! :) Two things first, 1. I'm new here so if I'm breaking any rules I do apologize. 2. I'm aware that the culture of my work is probably quite different from the world most visitors here dwell in but I am genuinely curious as to what you all think as well! Well then, thanks! and if any...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    Just as a bit of fun, I thought I'd put together this little listening project to take up half an hour of this rather dull self-isolation. Instead of multiple versions of the same work in a comparison 'stylee' here is a complete set of Brahms' Hungarian Dances for you to listen to and comment...
  12. Orchestral Music
    Ok, so here's a new comparative study for you. I was gonna use a chamber piece but there was little interest so it's another orchestral piece. Here's 8 recordings of Brahm's Tragic Overture Op.81. Like last time, there's a real mix of performances here from the 50's onwards Some of the...
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    I am curious as to who you believe to be the true descendants of Beethoven? Is it the camp of Berlioz, Liszt and Wagner or Schumann and Brahms? I definitely can hear a lot of Beethoven's later symphonic works in Symphonie Fantastique. Particularly in the interesting textures and the...
  14. Classical Music Discussion
    The two versions of this trio are an enigma. They are both so beautiful and powerful, yet starkly different in their tone despite containing much of the same compositional material. It's impossible for me to pick a favorite, though I suppose you cannot argue that the revised version is more...
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    I have enjoyed Jascha Heiftiz/Fritz Reiner/Chicago Symphony interpretation for two years but I hear from a friend that Itzahk Perlman/Giulini/Chicago Symphony is even better. Do members have a favorite of these two? Or, even better, is there another "best?" I am buying another cd or two of...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    It's fairly well known, I guess, that Mahler was never widely respected as a composer in his lifetime. Brahms, on the other hand, was. In fact, I went to a performance of Mahler's 1st a few weeks ago, and in the program it said (paraphrasing) that Mahler was not understood in his time because...
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    It's taken me the longest to love of his four symphonies, but I am now hooked on Brahms 1. And I'm looking for a new version - specifically, one with a really powerful first movement, where those timpani and strings are at their most intense and foreboding. I have Dohnanyi, Wand, Levine CSO...
  18. Classical Music Discussion
    I'm now a year into serious classical listening and collecting, and these three fine conductors seem to be cropping up most on my shelves - largely, but maybe not only, because I'm basically into the period from Beethoven to Sibelius, which they span. Dohnanyi's Dvorak and Brahms, Blomstedt's...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    So,looking at a fourth Brahms cycle as his music grows ever more indispensible to me. Hugely enjoying both Levine/CSO and Wand/NDRSO: Karajan/BPO (80s) starting to excite me a little less. Looking for something excellent and/or different to what I know, and have kind of narrowed it to these six...
  20. Solved Cases (archive)
    Brahms praised his music and considered him a friend and I think a mentor too, but I may have that wrong. I recall one his major pieces being a serenade for strings, and I read on here that his name is more obscure because he wasn't interested in self-promotion or something like that. I had that...
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