Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) [Composer Of The Week]

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01Free but alone20191216

Donald Macleod follows Johannes Brahms's early romance with a young singer.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors ? with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Today, Brahms becomes engaged to Agathe von Siebold, a relationship doomed to failure.

Sonata No 3 in F minor Op.5 (4th movement)
Stephen Hough, Piano

Lieder & Romanzen, Op 14 (No 4, Ein Sonett & No 7, Ständchen)
Simon Bode, tenor
Graham Johnson, piano

Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15 (1st movement)
Nelson Friere, piano
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Ave Maria, Op 12
Tenebrae
Nigel Short, conductor

String Sextet No 2 in G, Op 36 (1. Allegro non troppo)
Amadeus Quartet

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod follows Johannes Brahms's early romance'

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

01Free but alone20191216

Donald Macleod follows Johannes Brahms's early romance with a young singer.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Today, Brahms becomes engaged to Agathe von Siebold, a relationship doomed to failure.

Sonata No 3 in F minor Op.5 (4th movement)
Stephen Hough, Piano

Lieder & Romanzen, Op 14 (No 4, Ein Sonett & No 7, Ständchen)
Simon Bode, tenor
Graham Johnson, piano

Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15 (1st movement)
Nelson Friere, piano
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Ave Maria, Op 12
Tenebrae
Nigel Short, conductor

String Sextet No 2 in G, Op 36 (1. Allegro non troppo)
Amadeus Quartet

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod follows Johannes Brahms's early romance'

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

01Free but alone20191216

Donald Macleod follows Johannes Brahms's early romance with a young singer.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Today, Brahms becomes engaged to Agathe von Siebold, a relationship doomed to failure.

Sonata No 3 in F minor Op.5 (4th movement)
Stephen Hough, Piano

Lieder & Romanzen, Op 14 (No 4, Ein Sonett & No 7, Ständchen)
Simon Bode, tenor
Graham Johnson, piano

Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15 (1st movement)
Nelson Friere, piano
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Ave Maria, Op 12
Tenebrae
Nigel Short, conductor

String Sextet No 2 in G, Op 36 (1. Allegro non troppo)
Amadeus Quartet

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod follows Johannes Brahms's early romance'

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

01The Beginnings Of A Lifelong Bond20180514

Donald Macleod explores the lifelong friendship between Brahms and the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim, and the music of genius that resulted.

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) enjoyed the close friendship of two kindred musical spirits: the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Yet whilst his relationship with the former is much-pored over - friends, colleagues, maybe lovers? - his deep musical connection with Joachim is often passed over. This week, Donald Macleod explores the adventures, trials and tribulations that Brahms and Joachim encountered through their four decade-long association and the musical masterpieces for violin that resulted. Donald presents the three movements of the Violin Concerto across three days in three utterly beguiling, and very different, recordings by Vadim Gluzman, David Oistrakh and Janine Jansen; plus, Friday brings a complete performance of the often-overlooked Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. In between, we'll hear all three violin sonatas in their entirety and a host of jewels from Brahms' chamber output - plus a rare piano-duet performance of his First Symphony by the Duo Crommelynck, and on Friday, a guest appearance from Brahms and Joachim themselves.

The week begins with a knock at the door. Brahms meets the titan of German music, Robert Schumann; an encounter set up by Joseph Joachim. Music, song and more than a little drinking was to follow.

Scherzo in C Minor ("FAE" Sonata)
Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Hymn To The Veneration Of The Great Joachim!
Philippe Graffin, violin
Hebe Mensinga, violin
Szymon Marciniak, double bass

Scherzo in E Flat Minor, Op 4
Jonathan Plowright, piano

Piano Sonata No 3 (2nd mvt: Andante espressivo)
Nelson Freire, piano

Violin Concerto D Major, Op 77 (1st mvt)
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan, conductor

Produced by Steven Rajam for BBC Wales.

Brahms and violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim meet the titan of German music, Robert Schumann.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

01The Summer of Love20160725
01The Summer of Love20160725

Donald Macleod focuses on Brahms's secret engagement to Agathe von Siebold.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

01The Summer of Love2016072520170828 (R3)

Donald Macleod focuses on Brahms's secret engagement to Agathe von Siebold.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02Breakdown and Renewal20180515

Donald Macleod explores the lifelong friendship between Brahms and the great violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim - and the music of genius that resulted. Today, heartache for the pair as their mentor, Robert Schumann, suffers a catastrophic breakdown.

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) enjoyed the close friendship of two kindred musical spirits: the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Yet whilst his relationship with the former is much-pored over - friends, colleagues, maybe lovers? - his deep musical connection with Joachim is often passed over. This week, Donald Macleod explores the adventures, trials and tribulations that Brahms and Joachim encountered through their four decade-long association and the musical masterpieces for violin that resulted. Donald presents the three movements of the Violin Concerto across three days in three utterly beguiling, and very different, recordings by Vadim Gluzman, David Oistrakh and Janine Jansen; plus, Friday brings a complete performance of the often-overlooked Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. In between, we'll hear all three violin sonatas in their entirety and a host of jewels from Brahms' chamber output - plus a rare piano-duet performance of his First Symphony by the Duo Crommelynck, and on Friday, a guest appearance from Brahms and Joachim themselves.

After a year feeling on top of the world, Brahms and Joachim's world came crashing down when their mentor, Robert Schumann, suffered a catastrophic breakdown in 1854. Brahms would then deal with further heartache as his First Piano Concerto is ravaged by critics. Featuring the composer's lyrical and much-loved Violin Sonata no. 1.

Regenlied, Op 59 No 3
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Jörg Demus, piano

Geistliches Lied, Op 30
Choir of King's College Cambridge
Christopher Hughes, organ
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Piano Concerto No 1 in D Minor, Op 35 (3rd mvt)
Paul Lewis, piano
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor

Violin Sonata in G Major, Op 78
Josef Suk, violin
Julius Katchen, piano

Produced by Steven Rajam for BBC Wales.

There's heartache for Brahms as his mentor Robert Schumann suffers a breakdown.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The German Requiem20160726
02The German Requiem20160726

How, with premieres ahead in Bremen Cathedral, Brahms finally finished his German Requiem.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The German Requiem2016072620170829 (R3)

How, with premieres ahead in Bremen Cathedral, Brahms finally finished his German Requiem.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The Gospel of Johannes20191217

Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s early encounters with Robert and Clara Schumann.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors ? with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Clara Schumann is probably the person Brahms was closest to in his life. Today, we explore their first meeting, and how she was in awe of the young composer’s talent from the start.

2 Gavottes, WoO 3 (Nos 1 and 2)
Louis Demetrius Alvanis, piano

Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, Op 1 (1. Allegro)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

6 Songs, Op 3 (Nos 2 and 3)
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Graham Johnson, piano

Piano Quartet, Op 25 (3rd and 4th movements)
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Isaac Stern, Violin
Jamie Laredo, Viola
Yo-yo Ma, Cello

String Sextet No 1in B flat major, Op 18 (2nd movement)
Amadeus Quartet

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's relationship with the Schumanns.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The Gospel of Johannes20191217

Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s early encounters with Robert and Clara Schumann.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Clara Schumann is probably the person Brahms was closest to in his life. Today, we explore their first meeting, and how she was in awe of the young composer’s talent from the start.

2 Gavottes, WoO 3 (Nos 1 and 2)
Louis Demetrius Alvanis, piano

Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, Op 1 (1. Allegro)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

6 Songs, Op 3 (Nos 2 and 3)
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Graham Johnson, piano

Piano Quartet, Op 25 (3rd and 4th movements)
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Isaac Stern, Violin
Jamie Laredo, Viola
Yo-yo Ma, Cello

String Sextet No 1in B flat major, Op 18 (2nd movement)
Amadeus Quartet

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's relationship with the Schumanns.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02The Gospel of Johannes20191217

Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s early encounters with Robert and Clara Schumann.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Clara Schumann is probably the person Brahms was closest to in his life. Today, we explore their first meeting, and how she was in awe of the young composer’s talent from the start.

2 Gavottes, WoO 3 (Nos 1 and 2)
Louis Demetrius Alvanis, piano

Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, Op 1 (1. Allegro)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

6 Songs, Op 3 (Nos 2 and 3)
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Graham Johnson, piano

Piano Quartet, Op 25 (3rd and 4th movements)
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Isaac Stern, Violin
Jamie Laredo, Viola
Yo-yo Ma, Cello

String Sextet No 1in B flat major, Op 18 (2nd movement)
Amadeus Quartet

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's relationship with the Schumanns.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03A Beard And A Baby20180516

Donald Macleod explores the lifelong friendship between Brahms and the great violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim - and the music of genius that resulted.

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) enjoyed the close friendship of two kindred musical spirits: the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Yet whilst his relationship with the former is much-pored over - friends, colleagues, maybe lovers? - his deep musical connection with Joachim is often passed over. This week, Donald Macleod explores the adventures, trials and tribulations that Brahms and Joachim encountered through their four decade-long association and the musical masterpieces for violin that resulted. Donald presents the three movements of the Violin Concerto across three days in three utterly beguiling, and very different, recordings by Vadim Gluzman, David Oistrakh and Janine Jansen; plus, Friday brings a complete performance of the often-overlooked Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. In between, we'll hear all three violin sonatas in their entirety and a host of jewels from Brahms' chamber output - plus a rare piano-duet performance of his First Symphony by the Duo Crommelynck, and on Friday, a guest appearance from Brahms and Joachim themselves.

The partying days were over. Today's episode tells of Joachim's settling down into domestic bliss, and Brahms...growing a beard - a disguise that would from then on become part of his mythology. Donald Macleod presents the much-loved "Geistliches Wiegenlied", plus a rare piano duet arrangement of Brahms' famous First Symphony.

Geistliches Wiegenlied, Op 91 No 2
Alice Coote, mezzo
Maxim Rysanov, viola
Ashley Wass, piano

Symphony No 1 (4th mvt) (original version for piano 4 hands)
Duo Crommelynck, piano duet

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 77 (2nd mvt)
David Oistrakh, violin
Staatskapelle Dresden
Franz Konwitschny, conductor

Violin Sonata No 2 in A, Op 100
Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexander Melnikov, piano

Produced by Steven Rajam for BBC Wales.

Joachim settles down into domestic bliss, and Brahms grows a beard.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Reducing a Hostess to Tears20160727
03Reducing a Hostess to Tears20160727

How Brahms reduced a society hostess to tears for owning 'Wagnerian trash'.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Reducing a Hostess to Tears2016072720170830 (R3)

How Brahms reduced a society hostess to tears for owning 'Wagnerian trash'.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03The riddle of Brahms20191218

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's music for some of the women in his life.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors ? with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34A (1st movement)
Amadeus Quartet
Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1
Jenö Jandó, piano

6 Songs, Op 7 (Nos 2 -5)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Jessye Norman, soprano
Daniel Barenboim, piano

Variations in E flat on a Theme by Schumann (Nos 8-11)
Silke-Thora Matthies, piano
Christian Köhn, piano

Alto Rhapsody, Op 53
Alice Coote, soloist
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bamberg Symphony
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's music for the female voice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03The riddle of Brahms20191218

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's music for some of the women in his life.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34A (1st movement)
Amadeus Quartet
Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1
Jenö Jandó, piano

6 Songs, Op 7 (Nos 2 -5)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Jessye Norman, soprano
Daniel Barenboim, piano

Variations in E flat on a Theme by Schumann (Nos 8-11)
Silke-Thora Matthies, piano
Christian Köhn, piano

Alto Rhapsody, Op 53
Alice Coote, soloist
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bamberg Symphony
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's music for the female voice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03The riddle of Brahms20191218

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's music for some of the women in his life.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34A (1st movement)
Amadeus Quartet
Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1
Jenö Jandó, piano

6 Songs, Op 7 (Nos 2 -5)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Jessye Norman, soprano
Daniel Barenboim, piano

Variations in E flat on a Theme by Schumann (Nos 8-11)
Silke-Thora Matthies, piano
Christian Köhn, piano

Alto Rhapsody, Op 53
Alice Coote, soloist
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bamberg Symphony
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's music for the female voice.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Insecurities20191219

Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s private life and some of his intimate relationships.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors ? with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Today, Brahms finds a new summer romance, but as is so often the case, it’s doomed to failure.

16 Waltzes, Op 39 (Nos 1-4)
Silke-Thora Matthies, piano
Christian Köhn, piano

Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38 (3rd movement - Allegro)
Steven Isserlis, cello
Stephen Hough, piano

Klavierstücke, Op 76 (No 7 - Intermezzo in A major; No 8 - Capriccio in C major)
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Violin Sonata No 2, Op 100 (1st movement: Allegro amabile)
Daniel Barenboim, piano
Pinchas Zukerman, violin

Nanie, Op 82
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bamberg Symphony
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (3rd movement - Andante)
Nelson Freire, piano
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's private life.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Insecurities20191219

Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s private life and some of his intimate relationships.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Today, Brahms finds a new summer romance, but as is so often the case, it’s doomed to failure.

16 Waltzes, Op 39 (Nos 1-4)
Silke-Thora Matthies, piano
Christian Köhn, piano

Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38 (3rd movement - Allegro)
Steven Isserlis, cello
Stephen Hough, piano

Klavierstücke, Op 76 (No 7 - Intermezzo in A major; No 8 - Capriccio in C major)
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Violin Sonata No 2, Op 100 (1st movement: Allegro amabile)
Daniel Barenboim, piano
Pinchas Zukerman, violin

Nanie, Op 82
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bamberg Symphony
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (3rd movement - Andante)
Nelson Freire, piano
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's private life.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Insecurities20191219

Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s private life and some of his intimate relationships.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Today, Brahms finds a new summer romance, but as is so often the case, it’s doomed to failure.

16 Waltzes, Op 39 (Nos 1-4)
Silke-Thora Matthies, piano
Christian Köhn, piano

Cello Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 38 (3rd movement - Allegro)
Steven Isserlis, cello
Stephen Hough, piano

Klavierstücke, Op 76 (No 7 - Intermezzo in A major; No 8 - Capriccio in C major)
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Violin Sonata No 2, Op 100 (1st movement: Allegro amabile)
Daniel Barenboim, piano
Pinchas Zukerman, violin

Nanie, Op 82
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Bamberg Symphony
Robin Ticciati, conductor

Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (3rd movement - Andante)
Nelson Freire, piano
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Brahms's private life.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04The Break-Up20180517

Donald Macleod explores the lifelong friendship between Brahms and the great violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim - and the music of genius that resulted.

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) enjoyed the close friendship of two kindred musical spirits: the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Yet whilst his relationship with the former is much-pored over - friends, colleagues, maybe lovers? - his deep musical connection with Joachim is often passed over. This week, Donald Macleod explores the adventures, trials and tribulations that Brahms and Joachim encountered through their four decade-long association and the musical masterpieces for violin that resulted. Donald presents the three movements of the Violin Concerto across three days in three utterly beguiling, and very different, recordings by Vadim Gluzman, David Oistrakh and Janine Jansen; plus, Friday brings a complete performance of the often-overlooked Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. In between, we'll hear all three violin sonatas in their entirety and a host of jewels from Brahms' chamber output - plus a rare piano-duet performance of his First Symphony by the Duo Crommelynck, and on Friday, a guest appearance from Brahms and Joachim themselves.

Once upon a time, Joachim was considered as promising a composer as Brahms, before his genius at the violin consumed all his time. Today we get a rare glimpse at Joachim the composer, with his dazzling Second Violin Concerto, "in the Hungarian Style", before Donald Macleod details how he and Brahms devastatingly fell out after Joachim's acrimonious divorce from his wife Amalie.

Joseph Joachim
Violin Concerto No 2 in D Minor "in the Hungarian Style" (3rd mvt)
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Danish National Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Brahms
Hungarian Dance No 5 in G Minor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Lambert Orkis, piano

Brahms
Gestillte Sehnsucht, Op 91 No 1
Kathleen Ferrier, contralto
Maxim Gilbert, viola
Phyllis Spurr, piano

Brahms
Violin Sonata No 3 in D Minor, Op 108
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Lars Vogt, piano

Brahms
Violin Concerto D Major, Op 77 (3rd mvt)
Janine Jansen, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Pappano, conductor

Produced by Steven Rajam for BBC Wales.

Exploring the lifelong friendship between Brahms and virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04The Little Leopard and the Great Lion20160728
04The Little Leopard and the Great Lion20160728

Brahms's collaboration with the court of Saxe-Meiningen's musical director, Hans von Bulow

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04The Little Leopard and the Great Lion2016072820170831 (R3)

Brahms's collaboration with the court of Saxe-Meiningen's musical director, Hans von Bulow

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05Reconcilation20180518

Donald Macleod explores the lifelong friendship between Brahms and the great violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim - and the music of genius that resulted.

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) enjoyed the close friendship of two kindred musical spirits: the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Yet whilst his relationship with the former is much-pored over - friends, colleagues, maybe lovers? - his deep musical connection with Joachim is often passed over. This week, Donald Macleod explores the adventures, trials and tribulations that Brahms and Joachim encountered through their four decade-long association and the musical masterpieces for violin that resulted. Donald presents the three movements of the Violin Concerto across three days in three utterly beguiling, and very different, recordings by Vadim Gluzman, David Oistrakh and Janine Jansen; plus, Friday brings a complete performance of the often-overlooked Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. In between, we'll hear all three violin sonatas in their entirety and a host of jewels from Brahms' chamber output - plus a rare piano-duet performance of his First Symphony by the Duo Crommelynck, and on Friday, a guest appearance from Brahms and Joachim themselves.

Donald Macleod ends this week celebrating the unique relationship between Johannes Brahms and Joseph Joachim - and the musical riches that emerged from it - with the story of the pair's reconciliation, culminating in the effervescent Double Concerto for violin and cello - the last orchestral work Brahms would ever write.

Brahms (arr Joachim)
Hungarian Dance No 1
Joseph Joachim, violin
[unknown pianist]

Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op 105
Ann Murray, mezzo
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Immer leiser; Klage; Auf dem Kirchhofe; Verrat, Op 105
Ann Murray, mezzo
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op 102
Julia Fischer, violin
Daniel Müller-Schott, cello
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor

Produced by Steven Rajam for BBC Wales.

Exploring the lifelong friendship between Brahms and virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05The Senile Production20160729
05The Senile Production20160729

On the completion of Brahms's Double Concerto, dubbed by one critic a 'senile production'.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05The Senile Production2016072920170901 (R3)

On the completion of Brahms's Double Concerto, dubbed by one critic a 'senile production'.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05The weight of expectation20191220

Donald Macleod looks at why Brahms sought solitude and how it came to influence his music.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors ? with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Throughout his life, there was a great expectation placed on Brahms’s shoulders. Today we look at how that shaped his character and music.

Serenade No 1 in D major, Op 11 (2nd movement)
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Piano Sonata No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 2 (4th movement)
Martin Jones, piano

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op 121 (Nos 3 and 4)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Daniel Barenboim, Piano

Ein Deutsches Requiem [A German Requiem], Op 45 (2nd and 3rd movements))
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod looks at why Brahms sought solitude.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05The weight of expectation20191220

Donald Macleod looks at why Brahms sought solitude and how it came to influence his music.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Throughout his life, there was a great expectation placed on Brahms’s shoulders. Today we look at how that shaped his character and music.

Serenade No 1 in D major, Op 11 (2nd movement)
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Piano Sonata No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 2 (4th movement)
Martin Jones, piano

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op 121 (Nos 3 and 4)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Daniel Barenboim, Piano

Ein Deutsches Requiem [A German Requiem], Op 45 (2nd and 3rd movements))
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod looks at why Brahms sought solitude.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05The weight of expectation20191220

Donald Macleod looks at why Brahms sought solitude and how it came to influence his music.

Brahms was a deeply private man and very guarded about his life, his friends and his feelings. Across this week, Donald goes “Behind Closed Doors” with Brahms to discover what really made him tick. He finds friends, mentors and lovers along the way who together help solve the enigma of the composer.

Throughout his life, there was a great expectation placed on Brahms’s shoulders. Today we look at how that shaped his character and music.

Serenade No 1 in D major, Op 11 (2nd movement)
Gewandhausorchester
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Piano Sonata No 2 in F sharp minor, Op 2 (4th movement)
Martin Jones, piano

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op 121 (Nos 3 and 4)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Daniel Barenboim, Piano

Ein Deutsches Requiem [A German Requiem], Op 45 (2nd and 3rd movements))
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Producer: Glyn Tansley for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod looks at why Brahms sought solitude.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.