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Essential Brahms list

Essential Brahms list
September 17, 2009, 09:38:25 PM
For those of us longing to dig deeper into classical music, but do not know where to go on, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on further pieces by Brahms to look into.

Other than the 4th Symphony and German Requiem, what other pieces of his do you think form the essentials of his music and content?

Re: Essential Brahms list
September 17, 2009, 11:15:41 PM
Intermezzi for piano

2 late sonatas for clarinet and clarinet quintet.

Sometimes the lieder. Check out the ones for viola piano and alto voice.

Re: Essential Brahms list
September 18, 2009, 01:24:46 AM
- Symphony no. 3
- Piano concertos no. 1 and 2
- Violin concerto
- Double concerto for Violin and Cello
- Variations on a theme by Haydn
- Tragic Overture

Re: Essential Brahms list
September 18, 2009, 10:23:57 AM
I really enjoy his organ works.

The Academic Festival overture is a storming and witty piece.

I think the 3rd is his greatest symphony.

His piano sonatas often sound like they want to be Beethoven's sonata #29. Since that's my favourite piano sonata, this isn't a problem.

Re: Essential Brahms list
January 25, 2010, 06:02:12 PM
I'm quite surprised and a little shocked that Ein deutches requiem hasn't been mentioned here yet.

Re: Essential Brahms list
January 25, 2010, 08:53:10 PM
Brahms was exceptionally consistent throughout his whole life, I haven't really found anything of his that I wasn't particularly fond of, except for the third sonata perhaps. If I had to list my favorites among his works, it'd go something like this though:

Symphony No. 3, 4 (klemperer or furtwängler)
Violin Concerto (oistrakh)
Clarinet Trio, Quintet (amadeus quartet and co.)
Cello Sonatas (rostropovich/serkin)
Ballades, Op. 10 (gould)

I'm quite surprised and a little shocked that Ein deutches requiem hasn't been mentioned here yet.
Also known as the German Requiem.

Re: Essential Brahms list
January 26, 2010, 01:36:50 AM
I'm quite surprised and a little shocked that Ein deutches requiem hasn't been mentioned here yet.
Also known as the German Requiem.

For some reason or other I didn't see that on the first post, just to clarify that I am not ignorant, merely unobservant.