Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) is a German composer and pianist whose music influenced many twentieth-century composers. This song cycle is a setting of poems by August von Platen and Georg Friedrich Daumer. Brahms chose poems that would be improved by adding music to them, which means that he did not always choose the best poetry to set. With these songs, Brahams employed an operatic style that signaled a shift into his mature compositions.
This recording is performed by Maciej Pikulski, piano, and Jose Van Dam, baritone.
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