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  • Yutaka Sado, conductor


When Johannes Brahms composed his «Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn» in 1873, he was confident he knew who had originally written the «Chorale St. Antoni». Three years previously, Brahms had tracked down this magical choral theme from Haydn’s Divertimento in B flat major for eight wind instruments in the archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien (Society of Friends of Music in Vienna). But today we are almost certain it was written by a student of Haydn. One thing’s for sure: the eight orchestral variations by Johannes Brahms with their magnificent Passacaglia at the end also helped bring great fame to the chamber music that was their source.

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Johannes Brahms

Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn in B-flat major op. 56a


  • Thema. Chorale St.Antoni. Andante

  • Variation I. Poco più animato

  • Variation II. Più vivace

  • Variation III. Con moto

  • Variation IV. Andante con moto

  • Variation V. Vivace

  • Variation VI. Vivace

  • Variation VII. Grazioso

  • Variation VIII. Presto non troppo

  • Finale. Andante (alla breve)


17 Min.