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Saturday, March 28, 2015 Permalink

The Loose Connection


It is one of the most popular of classical works--available in dozens of recorded versions -- but "Albinoni's Adagio" was not written by Albinoni. 

The theme in Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn is most likely not by Haydn, and the famous Toccata and Fugue in D may or may not be Bach's.

Stravinsky based a ballet on themes of 18th century composer Giovanni Pergolesi-but as it turns out, half of them were by other composers.

And the enthralling high notes of Allegri's legendary Miserere apparently are the result of an error by a 19th century copyist.

In this hour, these and other 'loose' connections of the classical music repertoire--some the result of carelessness, others due to honest mistakes-and a few cases of outright fabrication.



CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Albinoni Adagio, etc. Lucerne Festival Strings DGG 469 607-2 028946960721
Shore’s Trumpet [for Jeremiah Clarke's "Prince of Denmark March"] Steele-Perkins, City of London Baroque Sinfonia EMI CDC 7 47664 2 077774766425
An 18th Century Christmas [for The Toy Symphony] I Solisti of Zagreb MHS 5188087 717794880823
Famous Works for Harpsichord [for the "Minuet in G"] Luc Beausejour Analekta FL 2 3121 774204312121
Bach Organ Works Vol. 6 [for Toccata and Fugue] Fagius BIS Records CD 397/98 750582021626
Allegri Miserere A Sei Voci Astrée Auvidis E 8524 3298490085240
Brahms Piano Concertos, etc. [for Variations on a Theme by Haydn] Vienna Philharmonic DGG 453 067-2 028945306728
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Northern Symphony Orchestra EMI CDM 7 69204 2 07777692042
Wassenaer Concerti Brandenburg Consort Helios CDH55155 034571151557
Mozart Violin Concertos Vol. 3 [for the "Adelaide Concerto"] Tenenbaum, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Ess.a.y CD1072 090998107225
Kreisler: Liebesfreud – Liebesleid [for "Variations on a Theme by Corelli'] Budapest Strings Capriccio C10734 845221001739


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