When the name Brahms comes to mind, most people think of that tranquil lullaby that quiets a child.
But there is much more to this German composer, who usually is ranked atop the composers of the Romantic Period.
His violin sonatas, piano rhapsodies and other works have earned him a ranking as one of the "three B's" -- Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
Camerata Musica is bringing pianist Yael Weiss and violinist Mark Kaplan to town Nov. 20 for an evening of Brahms' music starting at 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland. Admission is free.
Not everyone loves Brahms or his lullaby.
George Bernard Shaw once said: "To me, it seems quite obvious that the real Brahms is nothing more than a sentimental voluptuary. He is the most wanton of composers. Only his wantonness is not vicious; it is that of a great baby ... rather tiresomely addicted to dressing himself up as Handel or Beethoven and making a prolonged and intolerable noise."
No matter the ramblings of the arrogant Irish playwright, Brahms' music long has been loved by many, said Nancy Welliver with Camerata.
The all-Brahms concert includes sonatas for violin and piano in A and G major, plus rhapsodies for piano and a sonata for violin and piano in D minor.
"One of the unique delights of (Weiss and Kaplan's) performance is that theirs is a love story that began in the midst of a violin/piano sonata in 1999," Welliver said. "While playing their first concert together, their performance came together with such ease and excitement, they immediately began an active exploration of the violin-piano repertoire."
Since then, they have performed worldwide, including at the City of London Festival, New York's Bargemusic festival and the Banff Festival. They married in 2002.
Kaplan has given concerto performances with nearly every major American and European orchestra, Welliver said. He is a professor of music at Indiana University.
Weiss also has performed with many orchestras around the globe including the Seattle Symphony and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
She has toured in the U.S., Europe, Japan and South America.
The Battelle Auditorium is on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com