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From the Archives - Themes and Variations

In the 4th installment of the series "Themes and Variations," enjoy a trio of very different composers – George Frideric Handel, Arnold Schoenberg, and Benjamin Britten. Their approach and handling of their variations is fascinating, and you’ll hear a more approachable side to Schoenberg.

Compositions and Recordings

Suite No. 5 in E major
by George Frideric Handel
Igor Kipnis, harpsichord

Theme and Variations Op. 43a
by Arnold Schoenberg
Col. Timothy Foley with the United States Marine Band

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
by Benjamin Britten
Sir Alexander Gibson with the English Chamber Orchestra

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