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Variations on a theme by Paganini and Hungarian DancesOur Johannes Brahms MP3 recordings illustrate the work of a master of academic classical music composition who was associated with some of the most romantic musicians and composers of his day. The centre piece of this selection of his work are the Variations on a theme by Paganini whichdemonstrates remarkable creativity and a surprising sense of fun. Both are evident in the Hungarian Dances where the music brings alive images of lively dancing peasants. Here we are offering a fresh approach to the instrumentation of these works based on combinations of synthesizer sounds including evocative steel drums and several different harps to bring fresh colours to the music and highlight the dazzling counterpoint and harmony.The start of Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini is very familiar to British listeners because it was used as the introductory music for a long running arts programme called the South Bank Show on TV. They were sequenced brilliantly by two Brazilians - Andre Lopes and Rogerio Cunha who made no explicit claim to their rights and have now left no other trace on the internet.