BBC Radio 3 To Premiere Newly Discovered Brahms Piano Piece

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast the first performance of a recently discovered ‘unknown’ Brahms piano work on Saturday 21st January at 12:15pm (GMT) in Music Matters presented by Tom Service.

Albumblatt, the short piece which lasts two minutes was written in 1853 when Brahms was just 20. It was found by conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood as he looked through a music collection in the United States.

BBC Radio 3 recorded the work for the first time with the celebrated Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff and, in what will be a global premiere, will broadcast Albumblatt as part of an interview with Christopher Hogwood about the discovery. Andras Schiff who was asked by Radio 3 to be the first to perform the piece will also be interviewed in the programme.

The work features the same theme as that in the Trio section of the 2nd movement of Brahms’ Horn Trio op.40. However Hogwood, who has edited a forthcoming new edition of the Horn Trio, says the piano piece precedes the Horn Trio by 12 years.

Controller of BBC Radio 3, Roger Wright commented: “As the home of classical music, BBC Radio 3 is honoured to be the first to broadcast this rare work. I know that our millions of listeners will enjoy this exclusive premiere. Albumblatt is an incredible discovery which gives a fascinating insight into the workings of this great composer.”

Following the premiere on BBC Radio 3 on the 21st January at 12:15pm, a behind-the-scenes video of the recording will be available on BBC Radio 3’s website www.bbc.co.uk/radio3  from 21st January after the programme transmits.

Music Matters is Radio 3’s topical weekend music magazine programme. Presented by Tom Service and Suzy Klein the show covers a wide range of current classical musical topics and debates spanning politics, events, education and interviews with well-known industry names.

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4 Responses to BBC Radio 3 To Premiere Newly Discovered Brahms Piano Piece

  1. To quote W. S. Gilbert, “Things are seldom what they seem.” Please read the true story of the Brahms Albumblatt on our blog below:

    http://oldmusicautographs.blogspot.com/2012/01/fictional-hooplah-over-brahms-premier.html

    • Brian Linnell Comment by Brian Linnell made on January 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks for the clarification. It’s not a fifth Brahms symphony (after we got a couple of minutes’ worth of Sibelius’ 8th a few months back) but still, this is an exciting story.

  2. Comment by William Block made on January 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Anything of Brahms usually arouses interest in me, and this was no exception. After listening to the U-Tube sample, I immediately recognized the theme and was motivated to put on my Arthur Grumiaux recording to refresh my memory of the entire piece. It is a fitting addition to the Brahms piano legacy.

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