Thursday, May 21, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Thursday, May 21, 2009

The idea of theme and variations is carried a bit further today with a whole list of them:
Bach:  Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, I - IV, Simone Dinnerstein at the piano.
Brahms:  Variations on a theme of Haydn (St. Anthony Chorale), Op. 56a, Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Chopin:  Variations on "La ci darem la mano" for  piano and orchestra, Op. 2, Emmanuel Ax at the keyboard and Sir Charle!s Mackerras conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Britten:  The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34, Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Brubeck: (The whole reason for all of this!) Pange Lingua Variations (1983), Russell Gloyd conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Field: Nocturne No. 3 in A flat major, John O'Conor at the piano.
Elgar: The Enigma Variations, David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Chopin: Grande Valse Brillante, in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2, Emmanuel Ax with Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin.
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44, Martha Agerich and friends.
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Dvorak: Capriccio performed by Bohuslav Matousek - violin; Petr Ademec - piano.

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