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May 25, 2022

In Brahms pt. 14 our pause in the narrative continues as we study the greatest of all violin concertos, that by Johannes Brahms. We will analyze the relationship between Brahms and the work's first, possibly finest performer Joseph Joachim, putting the concerto in the context of his performing life and in relation to...


Feb 27, 2022

In Brahms pt. 13 we pause the narrative and retrace our steps to spend some more time with the Second Symphony. A brief discussion of the symphony and an analysis of its motives will be presented, including excerpts from it and a complete recording by the Musopen Symphony. 

Works heard in this episode in order (all by...


Feb 6, 2022

Pt. 12:  It is early November 1876 and Brahms is in the audience as the orchestra at Carlsruhe premieres his first symphony in C minor. The concert goes better than expected and riding high on his success, Brahms performs the symphony many more times elsewhere. Its positive reception gladdened his heart and he quickly...


Oct 11, 2021

It is summer 1876. Brahms is vacationing with his friend George Henschel on the Baltic island or RĂ¼gen and finishing work on his first symphony in C minor...

Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms):

Symphony no. 1 in C minor op. 68

Excerpts:

performed by Chang Ji, Mrs. the GCP

- mvt. 1 mm. 1-2, mm. 41, mm. 42-46

-...


Aug 16, 2021

It is December 1871 and Johannes Brahms has finally established permanent residence in the music loving city of Vienna. Still, his thoughts remain in Hamburg for a time as his family slowly start to drift away from him...

He himself then drifted for a time, compositionally at least. He would begin his new position as...