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Exploring Themes and Variations. In one of his pensees, Pascal says, “That man lives between the abyss of the infinitely large and the abyss of the infinitely small. The voyage of variations leads to the other infinitude, into the infinite diversity of the interior world lying hidden in all things.” Bill leads us on this voyage through a theme and it’s variations.

Program 1

Bach: Goldberg Variations

Glenn Gould, p.

The GoldBerg Variations

CBS MYK-38479



Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2, BWV 1004

Nathan Milstein, v.

Last Recital

Teldec 95998-2



Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.111, III


Artur Schnabel, p.

Complete Piano Sonatas

Phi 456961-2 (2)



Brahms: Symphony No. 4, IV


Berlin Phil/ Karajan

Symphony No. 4

DG 427497-2


Program 2

Paganini: Caprice No. 24

Michael Rabin, v

Paganini: Concerto No. 1/ Wieniawski: Concerto No.1

EMI/ANG CDM7-64560-2



Blacher: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Vienna Phil/ Solti

Enigma Variations; Kodaly, Blacher, Solti, Vienna

LON 452853-2



Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

Martha Argerich, Nelson Friere, pnos

Marthat Argerich/ Nelson Friere on 2 Pianos

Decca 475 8520



Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on theme of Paganini

Philharmonia Orch/ Haitink; Ashkenazy p.

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1/ Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini

Decca 417 613 2



Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35 (excerpt)

Arrau, p.

Schumann: Kinderzenen/ Brahms: Paganini Variations Op. 35

Pentatone PTC 5186 170


Program 3

Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76 No.3 (excerpt)

Emerson String Quartet

String Quartets Op. 76, Nos 1,2&3

DG 427657-2



Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op.56a

Scottish Chamber Orch/ Mackerras

Symphony No.2 in D major/ Variations On a Theme by Haydn

Telarc 80450 (3)



Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes

Royal Phil/ Diemecke

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2

Inter-sound 2887



Arban: The Carnival of Venice (excerpt)

Sergei Nakariakov, tpt; Alexander Markovich p

Trumpet Works

Teldec 77705-2


Program 4

Corelli: Sonata No. 12 in D Minor “Folia”

Andrew Manze, v; Richard Egarr, hpd

Violin Sonatas, Op.5

HMU 907298.99 (2)



Mozart: Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331 (excerpt)

Vladimir Horowitz, p

Vladimir Horowitz Live at Carnegie Hall

Sony S3K 53461 (3)



Elgar: Enigma Variations

Philharmonia Orch/ Barbirolli

Engima Variations / Flastaff

EMI 69185


Program 5

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpts from)

Orch. of the Metro-politan Opera/ Levine

Don Quixote / Tod und Verklarung Death and Transfiguration

DG 447762-2

2:04, 20:32


Bach: Goldberg Variations (excerpts from)

Gould, p.

A State of Wonder - Goldberg Variations

Sony S3K-87703(3)




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