The Gramophone guide to the best Brahms recordings
One of the giants of classical music, Brahms appeared to arrive fully armed, found a style in which he was comfortable – traditional structures and tonality in the German idiom – and stuck to it throughout his life. He was no innovator, preferring the logic of the symphony, sonata, fugue and variation forms. Read the full biography
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Brahms – 10 Essential Recordings
New to Brahms? Here's a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection...
- German Requiem – Monteverdi Choir; ORR / Gardiner
- Violin Concerto – Joshua Bell (vn) Cleveland Orchestra / Dohnányi
- Symphony No 4 – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Carlos Kleiber
- Clarinet Quintet – King (cl) Georgian (vc) Benson (pf) Gabrieli Quartet
- Piano Sonatas – Julius Katchen (pf)
- Piano Concertos – Nelson Freire (pf) Gewandhaus Orchestra / Chailly
- Symphony No 2 – London Philharmonic Orchestra / Marin Alsop
- Piano Quintet – Leif Ove Andsnes (pf) Artemis Quartet
- Cello Sonatas – Mstislav Rostropovich (vc) Rudolf Serkin (pf)
- Symphony No 3 – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Claudio Abbado
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