It may be 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.
|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|