Johannes Brahms (1833-97)


02Loner And Lover20070109

With Donald Macleod.

Brahms's celebrated love affair with Clara Schumann was just the first of a string of failed relationships with women.

Macleod examines why he never succeeded in his search for true love.

Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op 9 (excerpt)

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Piano Quartet No 3, Op 60 (1st mvt)

Artur Rubinstein

Guarneri Quartet

Two Motets, Op 29

Danish National Radio Choir

Rinaldo (excerpt)

Steve Davislim (tenor)

Dresden Philharmonic Choir

Ernst-Senff Choir Berlin

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

Michel Plasson (conductor)

Sextet No 2, Op 36 (Scherzo)

Kocian Quartet

Members of the Smetana Quartet.


Schumann had predicted great things for Brahms, but by the early 1860s it was far from certain that the young composer would live up to his early promise

Serenade No 2 in A (Scherzo)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Adrian Boult (conductor)

Four Songs, Op 17

Arnold Schoenberg Choir

Erwin Ortner (conductor)

Geistliches Wiegenlied, Op 91, No 1

Sarah Walker (mezzo)

Paul Silverthorne (viola)

Julian Jacobson (piano)

Trio in E flat, Op 40

Stephen Stirling (horn)

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Susan Tomes (piano).

04The Price Of Success20070111

Brahms did not make allowances for other people in his life or his music.

Macleod explores how this often difficult man won over his audiences to become a highly respected composer.

With Donald Macleod.


Thomas Allen (baritone)

Geoffrey Parsons (piano)


Altanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Robert Shaw (conductor)

Liebeslieder Walzer, Op 52 (excerpts)

Edith Mathis (soprano)

Brigitte Fassbaender (contralto)

Peter Schreier (tenor)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Karl Engel, Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano)

Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op 56a

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan (conductor).

Karl Engel, Wolfgang Sawallisch (pianos).

05 LASTWrestling With Posterity20070112

With Donald Macleod.

By the 1870s, the turbulence of Brahms' early life had been replaced by a comfortable bachelor routine and the masterpieces continued to pour forth.

Intermezzo in A flat, Op 76, No 3

Dinorah Varsi (piano)

Symphony No 1 (1st mvt)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Das Madchen; Fahr wohl; Der Falke (Lieder und Romanzen, Op 39a)

BBC Singers

Jason Lai (conductor)

Clarinet Sonata No 2

Richard Stoltzman

Richard Goode (piano)

Prelude on O Welt, ich muss dich lassen

Kevin Bowyer (organ).