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Variations in E minor
composer
dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate; first performed by Joachim on 15 February 1881 in Berlin

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'Brahms & Joachim: Hungarian Dances' (CDA67663)
Brahms & Joachim: Hungarian Dances
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Part 01: Introduction: Allegretto
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Part 02: Theme
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Part 03: Variation 1
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Part 04: Variation 2
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Part 05: Variation 3
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Part 06: Variation 4: Un pochettino pi¨ vivo
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Part 07: Variation 5
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Part 08: Variation 6
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Part 09: Variation 7
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Part 10: Variation 8
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Part 11: Variation 9
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Part 12: Variation 10
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Part 13: Variation 11
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Part 14: Variation 12
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Part 15: Variation 13: Poco animato
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Part 16: Variation 14
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Part 17: Variation 15: Molto pi¨ moderato (Andantino)
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Part 18: Variation 16: Quasi doppio (Allegro)
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Part 19: Variation 17: Vivace
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Part 20: Variation 18
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Part 21: Finale: Allegro marcato ľ Poco animato
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Variations in E minor
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The dreamy, rhapsodizing introduction, in which the violin speaks with the unmistakable accents of the gypsy fiddler, is one of the few overtly ‘Hungarian’ passages in the work. The lyrical theme itself is announced by the piano, espressivo, and is then restated by the violin to form the first variation. The next four variations decorate the theme in progressively smaller note-values, giving the impression of a controlled acceleration that arrives at a ‘hunting’ variation with the violin in virtuosic counterpoint against horn-imitations in the piano. After a lively continuation in variation 7, variation 8 features the violin, unaccompanied, with impressive chords which are taken up by the piano in variation 9.

A new and pensive melody, sung by the violin over the theme’s original harmonies, forms variation 10 and leads to two expressive major-key variations (11 and 12) which, with 10, form a kind of central ‘slow movement’ in the sequence. The momentum picks up over the next four variations (13–16), culminating in another ‘hunting’ variation (17) shared between violin and piano. Variation 18 forms the introduction to the finale, a lively movement founded on a new violin theme that goes in combination with the original theme in the piano. This is a kind of rondo (and here Joachim again indulges in explicit colouring all’Ongarese) that races to a brilliant conclusion in E major.

from notes by Calum MacDonald ę 2008

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Details for CDA67663 track 34
Variation 11
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-66334
Duration
0'26
Recording date
5 June 2007
Recording venue
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Recording producer
Eric Wen
Recording engineer
Zvika Hershler
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  1. Brahms & Joachim: Hungarian Dances (CDA67663)
    Disc 1 Track 34
    Release date: June 2008
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