Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

OK, we all know Beethoven wrote five piano concertos while Brahms only wrote two. But those two are sublime. Take the First, in D Minor. First written when he was 25 in 1858, four years after his friend and mentor Robert Schumann committed suicide, it is full of passion and longing.

Maybe the longing was for Schumann’s widow, Clara, whom he adored but with whom could never muster the courage to have anything but a Platonic relationship. Here’s a recording of the first movement played by the amazing Arthur Rubenstein.

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5 Responses to Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Are there 25 year olds who write music like this today?

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  2. kurtnemes says:

    Gallivanta. I wonder the same things these days. There may be cultures out there where people believe that a strong musical education is vital and then encourage the geniuses who pop out of that system to pursue a career in composing–aside from film scores–and then pay money to see their work performed in Concert Halls. If you find them, let me know. I know in China and Japan (and in their immigrant communities abroad) they do have strong musical education. I wish I spoke those languages so I could keep abreast of them. All the best.

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    There are certainly wonderful young musicians and singers in our community but I don’t know about composers.

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  4. journeythroughnews says:

    What a great find- there is no orchestra like the Concertgebouw that can sound as “Brahmsian” as possible. As orchestras today sound more and more like each other, it seems unfortunately likely that the Concertgebouw will lose its unique sound, as is happening in Dresden, don’t you think?

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    • kurtnemes says:

      What a good question. I haven’t really followed any orchestra in particular since the 1970s. Back then you had Bohm-Vienna-Mozart; Karajan-Berlin-Beethoven; Szell-Cleveland-Brahms; Solti-Chicago-Wagner; and so on. Near me, there’s Marin Alsop and Baltimore and Eschenbach and National Symphony Orchestra. You make me wonder again, what should I be paying attention to. Thanks

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