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Archive for June 19, 2013

Brahms and Bartók on Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Johannes Brahms, around 1865

Scholars love to refer to Brahms as a classicist, Bartók as a modernist. Brahms did embrace classical forms at a time when composers like Wagner were exploring a freer style; at the same time, he was brilliant at setting up a formula, only to rip the rug out from under it