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 András 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.
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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, a behind-the-scenes video of the recording will be available on BBC Radio 3’s website www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 after the programme transmits.