Brahms’ relationships with women were troubled at best. While he more or less worshipped Clara Schumann, his attitude to others he encountered was often less than enlightened. “I have a powerful prejudice against women pianists and anxiously avoid listening to them,” he wrote in a letter to Ferdinand Hiller.

Brahms Johannes Brahms

English composer Ethel Smyth observed this at first hand. “To see him with Lili Wach, Frau Schumann and her daughters, or other...

This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.