September 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

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In one of his pensées, 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 its variations. We start and end the week by listening to Bach’s Goldberg Variations


Episode 1

Bach: Goldberg Variations
Glenn Gould, piano
The GoldBerg Variations
CBS MYK-38479

Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
Nathan Milstein, violin
Last Recital
Teldec 95998-2

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op.111, III.
Schnabel, p.
Complete Piano Sonatas
Phi 456961-2 (2)

Brahms: Symphony No. 4, IV.
Berlin Phil/ Karajan
Symphony No. 4
DG 427497-2

Episode 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 Philharmonic/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

Episode 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 Orchestra/Mackerras
Symphony No.2 in D major/ Variations On a Theme by Haydn
Telarc 80450 (3)

Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes
Royal Philharmonic/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

Episode 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

Episode 5

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpts from)
Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera/Levine
Jerry Grossman, cello
Don Quixote / Tod und Verklarung Death and Transfiguration
DG 447762-2
2:04, 20:32

Bach: Goldberg Variations (excerpts from)
Gould, piano
A State of Wonder – Goldberg Variations
Sony S3K-87703(3)