When Brahms Met the Schumanns

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

This week host David Dubal continues his exploration of Johannes Brahms. When we last left our “third B,” Brahms was still very much a young man whose star was on the rise. He had just met Robert and Clara Schumann and they were astounded by the talent of the young composer.

This episode looks at Brahms’s relationship with the Schumanns and his arrival in Vienna, where Brahms would meet Eduard Hanslick, an influential music critic and later one of his most ardent supporters.

Music in this week's program includes the finale of the First Piano Concerto in D-Minor performed by Stephen Kovacevich with the London Philharmonic, selections from the Handel variations played by Emmanuel Ax, and the First Rhapsody interpreted by Radu Lupu.

Program playlist (all by Johannes Brahms):

Sonata in F minor, Op.5 No.3, III. Scherzo
Antti Siirala, piano

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, op.15 - 3. Rondo
Stephen Kovacevich, piano; London Philharmonic; Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

16 Waltzes, Op.39 No.1 in B major
Antti Siirala, piano

16 Waltzes, Op.39 No.4 in E minor
Antti Siirala, piano

16 Waltzes, Op.39 No.5 in E major
Antti Siirala, piano

16 Waltzes, Op.39 No.6 in C sharp major
Antti Siirala, piano

16 Waltzes, Op.39 No.9 in D minor
Antti Siirala, piano

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, Var. 23-25
Emanuel Ax, piano
Sony Classical

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, Fuga
Emanuel Ax, piano
Sony Classical

Rhapsodie in B minor Op. 79 No. 1
Radu Lupu, piano
London Decca

From Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118, No. 2. Intermezzo in A major
Emanuel Ax, piano
Sony Classical

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, Aria
Johannes Brahms, piano
Emanuel Ax
Sony Classical

Comments [6]

Howard from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Okay, so I see that I'm not doing something wrong...indeed there is no podcast available for "Reflections" I thought I couldn't find it. Of all the programs on WQXR this is my favorite by far. What a shame we can't listen online whenever we want. This is so 20th century. WQXR management, please explain why no podcast is available.

Aug. 17 2015 10:01 PM

@Gregg from Astoria Queens I'm speaking of archives on the site, or some other form of availability for if someone missed it on the radio. I love this show, it's very unfortunate that I have no way of listening to past broadcasts.

Aug. 17 2015 08:49 PM
Jared from Virginia

At any rate, this program is apparently not being rebroadcast this week. What has happened? I always love this program!

Aug. 16 2015 10:19 PM
Gregg from Astoria NY

My mistake. (Sorry David!) It goes first Thursday night before the NY Phil. Then again on Sunday night.

Ideally it should be available here via the streaming archive functions that some of the shows do have.

Aug. 16 2015 10:38 AM
Gregg from Astoria Queens

What do you mean? They are indeed being rebroadcast. Every Thursday Night before the NY Phil takes the stage, we hear David explain why his favorite (fellow) pianists are performing these works by these composers.

Typically I hear nuances that I missed hearing when the show was first aired on the Sunday, then.

Besides Brahm's best work happens to be his Variations on a Theme by Paganini and then his piano concerti.

Aug. 16 2015 10:35 AM

The fact that these aren't being rebroadcasted is absolutely absurd. I would love to support this program as I'm sure many others would, and it's very difficult for me to listen to it when it's broadcasted sometimes. Why not make it available in some way?

Aug. 14 2015 06:59 PM

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