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BBC Radio 3 Premieres Newly Discovered Brahms Piano Piece
January 23, 2012
In “Music Matters” on BBC Radio 3 Saturday 21 January at 12:15 you can hear Christopher in conversation with Tom Service and András Schiff about the newly-discovered short piano piece by Brahms which Christopher has edited for Bärenreiter Verlag; András Schiff will give the first modern performance of this Albumblatt in the course of the programme and some of its problems as well as its unexpected connection with the Horn Trio Op 40 will be discussed and illustrated. Film clips of the studio session can be seen on the Music Matters website.

Albumblatt, the short piece which lasts two minutes was written in 1853 when Brahms was just 20. Musicologist Christopher Hogwood 'stumbled across' the piece as he looked through a music collection in the United States. The piece was originally found by Michael Struck when a book it was hidden within was being prepared for auction and he was asked for verification.

Radio 3 recorded Christopher Hogwood's shortly-to-be-published edition for the first time with the celebrated Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff and, in what will be a broadcast premiere, will play Albumblatt as part of an interview with Christopher Hogwood about the importance of the piece in advance of it being published for the first time by Barenreiter.

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 op.40, 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 broadcast premiere. Albumblatt is an incredible discovery which gives a fascinating insight into the workings of this great composer."

Following the broadcast premiere on Radio 3 on the 21st January at 12:15pm, a behind-the-scenes video of the recording will be available on the Radio 3 website 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.

(BBC Radio 3 press release issued by Alexandra Heybourne, 13 January 2012)