What are the best pieces of music by the Romantic composer? From conductors and pianists to horn players and sopranos, ten great Brahmsians reveal their all-time favourite work by the German composer. Die Mainacht The song Die Mainacht is about the moon rising up one night in May. The colours and the light that reflect from the moon stir up all kinds of emotions. So it’s all about the power of the moon, reminding someone of what he has lost. It has a simple melody at the beginning before the song gradually becomes dramatic, with a depressive feeling and atmosphere. It has so many aspects of Brahms on just four pages of music, which makes it really interesting every time I sing it.
Every time I read through it, it reaches me somehow. 26 is a mix of a piano concerto and chamber music, with one of the most amazing slow movements. You can feel his youth in it and you can sense, in the slow movement, his tenderness. There’s a phrase in that movement when the violin and cello play together which seems to come from the sky. What I love to do is to play Op. 25 in the first part of a concert, then Op. Playing Brahms’s chamber music is like taking a bath with essential oils. And he makes you feel like you’re embracing somebody very warmly.
1 The majesty and the mysteriousness of the fourth movement of the First Symphony still remains for me a superior piece of mastery. Beethoven was a great father-figure presence in Brahms’s life, but he was just an example for Brahms. The young composer had the ingenuity to build his own universe. When the melody appears, it’s like the sun shining suddenly after this dark introduction. I want to mention the horn melody near the start which is straight from the Alps, and is a miracle of sound for me. Clarinet Quintet For me, the Clarinet Quintet documents all the feelings associated with Brahms: it’s like his life story. From the first phrase to the last there’s so much expectation.
It takes you through this long journey and when you get to the last chord you feel that you’ve reached the end. I can visualise myself even now as a little kid staring up into space listening to this incredible piece of music. Put the whole thing together and you’ve got a work of genius. Piano Sonata in F minor There is something very substantial about the F Minor Piano Sonata because it’s got all his youthful enthusiasm and skill and pianistic prowess. But it is also pointing to something very apocalyptic towards the end of his life. In many ways it is quite Wagnerian, although he was polls apart from Wagner. The Sonata itself comes from a sort of late-19th century, music-charmer tradition, but there is something in the second movement which reminds me very much of Wagner.
I think it’s got this incredible kaleidoscope of different moods and atmospheres and skills. And as with a lot of Brahms’s piano works, it’s sort of like a coiled spring. There’s a lot going on that is ready to burst. 52 are some of my favourite Brahms pieces of all. It’s Brahms unfettered by academic convention or constraints. He’s just letting his hair down. It’s the most exuberant, lyrical and smiley series of choral waltzes that you can possibly imagine. I first heard them on a recording that my teacher Nadia Boulanger made with her star pupil Dinu Lipatti. They are the greatest fun to perform too. The Horn Trio The Horn Trio is probably the finest piece of music ever written for the horn, in terms of the quality of the writing.
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