Tue Jun 25
Variations on an Unoriginal Theme: Music for Two Pianos
Mark Anderson and Michelle Mares piano
Carl Reinecke Variations on a Sarabande by J.S. Bach, Op. 24 (1849)
Julius Röntgen Variations on a Theme by Ludwig van Beethoven* (1917)
Carl Reinecke Andante and Variations, Op. 6 (1845?)
Julius Röntgen Variations on a Theme by Cesar Franck* (1903)
Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b (1873)
7:30 pm, Barnett Hall
The connections between these composers was and remains profound. Brahms and Julius Röntgen were friends and saw one another on repeated occasions in Amsterdam, in addition to exchanging numerous letters. Reinecke was one of Röntgen’s most influential teachers when the young Röntgen still lived in Leipzig. There is much to celebrate in the unknown works on this program and it is quite astonishing to hear how well they hold up alongside the well-known Variations on a Theme by Haydn by Johannes Brahms!
* It is highly likely that these will be first ever performances of these works. These manuscripts were acquired from the Röntgen archives at the Netherlands Music Institute in Den Haag in April 2019 and have never been published. However, they will be published by Nimbus Publishing alongside the release of the CD of the repertoire above, which will be recorded July 2019 at Nimbus Records concert hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK.