Happy Birthday Brahms

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Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by Belle » Mon May 07, 2018 6:06 pm

Born on 7th May, 1833, and one of the greatest. I'm celebrating with this magnificent piece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tbCkACbGU

What piece would you nominate to celebrate his birthday?

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by jbuck919 » Mon May 07, 2018 6:37 pm

Donald Francis Tovey wrote that the Handel Variations are one of the "three or four greatest sets ever written." That puts them up there with the Goldberg and Diabelli Variations. Who am I to argue with Tovey?

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by Belle » Mon May 07, 2018 7:32 pm

Agree.

Another unsatisfactory performance from Yuja Wang: the fugue is in danger of disappearing at times. Why are you slowing down Yuja; what's with the rubato? The granitic and epic element of this fugue slips through Wang's fingers: I hear the base - you're pounding it - but what of the voices in the treble clef? The end is an absolute shocker. 4/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOHRUrjfJt4

Back to the drawing board, Yuja.

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by RebLem » Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm

I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by Belle » Mon May 07, 2018 11:57 pm

RebLem wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
It's a rollicking work, isn't it!!! Enjoyable and stirring. This one from the master is not heard all that often: Schicksalslied (It is used at the start of one of the documentaries about Carlos Kleiber, very effectively!!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC8CNpFu_7Q

Unless my memory is faulty (possible), I think Brahms composed this shortly after the death of Julie Schumann.

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by barney » Tue May 08, 2018 3:23 am

Far too much Brahms to nominate a favourite. But my favourite symphony is the second, reinforced by hearing Riccardo Muti and the Australian World Orchestra conduct it on Saturday.
I thought I might strain to concentrate because I'd been to an Opera Australia matinee of Tosca the same afternoon, but it was really fine.
The violin concerto is right up there, ditto both piano concertos but especially the second. Deutches Requiem. Alto Rhapsody.
I'll have to think further about chamber and solo piano works.

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by maestrob » Tue May 08, 2018 10:31 am

Brahms wrote so much consistently great music that for me it's impossible to nominate one work to celebrate with. Where do you start? The German Requiem, his Third Symphony (the most difficult to conduct!), the Piano Concerti? I just don't know where to begin. Perhaps his Piano Sonata III, or the Opp. 116, 117, 118 piano gems, or the piano quartets.....the list goes on and on.

The most exquisite Violin Concerto with Renaud Capucon (pronounced "Capusson" with the cedille on the "C") was released recently: it tops Heifetz/Reiner in my estimation (the orchestra is the sublime Vienna Philharmonic) coupled with an outstanding Berg VC.

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by Lance » Tue May 08, 2018 11:54 am

Well, for me to celebrate Brahms, my choices would be:

Alto Rhapsody (Kathleen Ferrier) - any of several recordings she made
Four Serious Songs (Kathleen Ferrier and John Wustman, pianist)
___or Hotter, Fischer-Dieskau, Stutzman, Heynis, Kipnis, London
Piano Concertos 1 (Curzon/Szell) & 2 (R. Serkin/Ormandy)
Symphonies 1 & 2 (probably Furtwangler)
Liebeslieder Waltzes - R. Serkin/Fleisher/Valente etc.
Piano Sonata #1 (Walter Klein) [totally underrated work]
Violin Concerto (of course!) (Heifetz, Milstein, Szeryng ... so many!)
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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by jbuck919 » Tue May 08, 2018 5:22 pm

RebLem wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
Sorry folks, but I have to say that this von Suppé-like work (and Brahms didn't pretend it was anything else) is one of the few pieces by Brahms that I cannot stand.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by Belle » Tue May 08, 2018 6:10 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 5:22 pm
RebLem wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
Sorry folks, but I have to say that this von Suppé-like work (and Brahms didn't pretend it was anything else) is one of the few pieces by Brahms that I cannot stand.
I can see where you're coming from, but the work is kind of fun anyway. On the odd occasions when it's playing here - an add-on to one of my Brahms CDs - my husband (absolutely tone deaf) sings along to "Guadeamus Igitur". He went to school in a British white-only grammar school in Suva, Fiji, in the 1950s and they sang these types of things.

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Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Post by RebLem » Tue May 08, 2018 10:03 pm

Belle wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 6:10 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 5:22 pm
RebLem wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
Sorry folks, but I have to say that this von Suppé-like work (and Brahms didn't pretend it was anything else) is one of the few pieces by Brahms that I cannot stand.
I can see where you're coming from, but the work is kind of fun anyway. On the odd occasions when it's playing here - an add-on to one of my Brahms CDs - my husband (absolutely tone deaf) sings along to "Guadeamus Igitur". He went to school in a British white-only grammar school in Suva, Fiji, in the 1950s and they sang these types of things.
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