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From The Archives - Theme And Variations

The third in the series “Themes and Variations” features music by Max Reger, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák – proving that variation is also the spice of musical life.

Compositions and Recordings

Procession of the Nobles
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Beethoven
by Max Reger
Horst Stein and the Bamberg Philharmonic

Variations on a Theme from The Ruins of Athens
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Alfred Brendel, piano

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78
by Antonín Dvořák
Sir Charles Mackerras and the Czech Philharmonic

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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