Speaking of Brahms, I enjoyed hearing his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello on KUSC recently. It was a fine performance, and the wonderful rhythms and melodies came through quite well on my car speakers.
I have sung and played his "A German Requiem" in both German and English, and am a big fan of that marvelous work.
In college we sang his "Nanie" and that has a special place in my heart.
On the lighter side, I enjoy hearing his "Liebeslieder" Waltzes for small choir and two pianists.
His Intermezzos for pianos are charming, and I have played some of his Waltzes for Piano, 4-hands with my sister.
Many years ago I worked on playing the piano part for his Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108. Quite challenging!
I have enjoyed playing and hearing his Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 sometimes with a violist, sometimes with a clarinetist.
The Second Symphony is a favorite, even though we analyzed it to the nth degree in Intermediate/Advanced Theory class. The other 3 aren't bad, either!
who is giving a Bach concert to celebrate his 325th birthday Sunday, March 21 at 3 PM at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd and 14th St., Santa Monica 90405
and would love to meet some more classical music devotees.
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