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On demand: Concert Club IV: Themes and Variations

Join us on 28th September at 18:30 UK time for our next Concert Club event!

Welcome to the fourth At Home Concert Club, a regular event in which like-minded music fans can get together online and enjoy the fantastic performances in our on demand archive. Scroll down to see the videos, programme and related articles. Join us to watch the concerts, discuss the performances and works and to connect with other classical music lovers!

In the fourth instalment, our Spanish editor Katia de Miguel curates a programme based around themes and variations. In the feed to the right you can add your thoughts and follow our commentary.

18:30 - Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn. Press play on the first video. Press stop at 17'20" in the video

18:50 - Brahms' Piano Concerto no. 2. Press play on the second video.

19:40 - Strauss' Don Quixote Press play on the third video.

Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Brahms - Piano Concerto no. 2

Strauss - Don Quixote

I have built this programme with Brahms’s Piano Concerto no. 2 as the central piece, played on this occasion by one of my favourite pianists: Ronald Brautigam. Brautigam has an exquisite sound and very fine technique, his playing gives us the feeling we are very close to how that music sounded when it was premiered. To put us in the mood for Brahms, this virtuosic yet emotional and powerful piece is preceded by another highly imaginative composition, Variations on a Theme by Haydn. Brahms took from his very much admired Haydn the beautiful and peculiar Chorale St Antoni, to elaborate a set of a theme and 8 variations, were we can enjoy Brahms great imagination.

At the other end, we look forward towards the late Romanticism and we will listen to the music of one of Brahms most notorious successors, Richard Strauss. Don Quixote is a symphonic poem that Strauss composed inspired by the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and each variation depicts specific episodes of Cervantes’ novel. As in his other symphonic poems, we can see Strauss’s mastery in using the orchestra richly and inventively.

- Katia de Miguel

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