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From the Archives - Themes and variations

Explore themes and variations with music by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Grieg. We’ll hear melodies transformed before our ears, the only limits being the composers’ imaginations.

Compositions and Recordings

Variations serieuses, Op. 54
by Felix Mendelssohn
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Variations on a Rococo Theme
by Peter Tchaikovsky
Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

Old Norwegian Melody with Variations
by Edvard Grieg
Neeme Jarvi with the Gothenburg Symphony

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