From the Publisher
We know that Brahms took an active interest in Baroque music throughout his life. It can thus hardly be by chance that he chose a theme from one of Handel’s harpsichord suites for his 25 variations. The variations allow for iridescent colours and moods in the style of Beethoven’s characteristic variations. In keeping with the source, however, the work also features allusions to Baroque models – embellishments, pedal points – and ends in a grandly laid-out fugue with a triumphant build-up. Opus 24 unquestionably deserves its reputation as the composer’s most important variation cycle.