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From the Archives - Themes and variations

Explore how composers can transform a theme by the age-old method of variations. We’ll hear two conventional variations by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Zoltan Kodaly and a completely different – even bizarre – short set of variations by Luciano Berio on a theme by Mozart.

Compositions and Recordings

Variations on a Theme of Chopin
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Danill Trifonov - piano

Peacock Variations
by Zoltan Kodaly
Neeme Järvi with the Chicago Symphony

Variations on Papageno's Aria
by Luciano Berio
Riccardo Chailly with the Milan Symphony Orchestra

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