Docu-Fiction | 2020 | Biography, Docu-Drama, History, Music | Germany
The project "Johannes Brahms - Frei, aber einsam (aka Brahms - Das einsame Genie aka 40 Stunden - Brahms letzte Reise)" has been editorially approved, but continues to be regularly reviewed, updated and supported through to release by our editors. Please inform us of missing, false or outdated data.

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Brief synopsis

When Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg on May 7th, 1833, nobody could have guessed how much the later child prodigy would shape music history. For international music critics, the grandiose symphonic power, the richness of the thematic work and the concentration of the form of his symphonies are on a par with Beethoven's greatest works. But Brahms was melancholy and is considered by many to be a solitary and tragic genius. And yet one can feel the passion in his music. What influenced and inspired Brahms? Who triggered all these feelings in him, which he then transformed into musical masterpieces? Often it was the women in his life that inspired him. Above all, the friendship - or more aptly put, the deep yet unfulfilled love - between him and the famous pianist Clara Schumann accompanied Brahms throughout his life. Though Brahms chose to place art above love, this painful surrender one can feel in his music, inspired writers, filmmakers, and musicians all over the world to this day.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Gedeon BurkhardJohannes Brahms - šlter [L]
Basil EidenbenzJohannes Brahms - jung [L]
Esther ZimmeringClara Schumann [L]
Cathrine Sophie DumontAgathe vonSeibold [SR]
Sarah HannemannBertha [SR]
Thomas HuberRobert Schumann [SR]
Marco MehringJulius Grimm [SR]
Adrian TopolJosef Joachim [SR]
Beate WeidenhammerFranzi [SR]


Director of photographyJohannes Straub
1st assistant cameraTimm Prozell
Costume designerStefanie Jauß
DirectorAnnette Baumeister
1st AD (local system)Manuel Koedding
EditorManuel Sanchez
Makeup artist / hair stylistSylvia Reusch
Makeup artist / hair stylistRosa Singhofen
ProducerIra Beetz
Delegate producerJan Philip Lange
ProducerAlexandra Georgi
Assistant to producerNikolas LangeJunifilm
Production designerIris Trescher
Location scoutAndrea Giesel
Line producerJens Freels
Line producerJan Philip Lange
Unit production managerMelanie ClausenNDR/arte
Unit managerAndrea Giesel
ScreenwriterStefan Wilke
ScreenwriterAnnette Baumeister
Commissioning editorUlrike DotzerNDR/arte
Editorial assistantJuliane KirchbergerNDR/arte

Production companies

Story House Productions
Junifilm GmbH [de]


Production ServicesOnkel Toms Hütte