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Saturday, May 20, 2017 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 may be 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.


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

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