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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations; Bach: Partita no 4 / Stephen Kovacevich

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  1. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Tema: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 1: Alla Marcia Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 2: Poco Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 4: Un Poco Più Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 5: Allegro Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 6: Allegro Ma Non Troppo e Serioso $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 7: Un Poco Più Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 8: Poco Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 9: Allegro Pesante e Risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 10: Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 11: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 12: Un Poco Più Moto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 13: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 14: Grave e Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 15: Presto Scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 16: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 17: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 18: Poco Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 19: Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 20: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 21: Allegro Con Brio - Meno Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 22: Allegro Molto (alla "Notte e Giorno Faticar" Di Mozart) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 23: Allegro Assai $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 24: Fughetta: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
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  26. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 26: Piacevole $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 27: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 28: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 29: Adagio Ma Non Troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 30: Andante, Sempre Cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 31: Largo, Molto Espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 32: Fuga: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Beethoven — 33 Variations In C Major On a Waltz By Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 33: Tempo Di Menuetto Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: I. Ouverture $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: IV. Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: V. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: VI. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Beethoven — Partita No. 4 In D Major, BWV 828: VII. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
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Notes & Reviews:

After more than 40 years, pianist Stephen Kovacevich returns to the piece that brought him worldwide fame - in Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. In the 1990s, Kovacevich recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas for EMI and the set is now one of the standard recommendations. This recording effectively completes that cycle. Kovacevich made his sensational UK debut with this piece in 1961 and recorded it in a still-classic version for Philips in 1968. His conception has changed - it has a more live quality (despite being a studio recording) and more dramatic - quite simply, it picks you up and sweeps you along irresistibly to the very end. As a generous bonus, Onyx offers Kovacevich's first-ever recording of music by Bach.

Gramophone Magazine
It's certainly faster than his own earlier recording. But more important is the sense that Kovacevich has now encompassed the extremes of the work more fully. His understanding of Beethoven's juxtapositions of beauty and crudity, reflection and action, and the sheer dynamic range, are fully exposed in this new version, which captures the piano sound beautifully. A disc to treasure.

BBC Music Magazine
Kovacevich brings penetrating insight and a thrilling physical involvement. From the outset there is a driving momentum and crispness of articulation, and the bristling energy of so many variations makes the slower ones stand out in compelling relief, without needing especially slow tempos... one of the most impressive things about this new recording is the powerful feeling of live music-making. It is alive and spontaneous, and the overall physical and emotional sweep here is exciting and enormously fulfilling.

Penguin Guide
[The Diabellis are] custom built for Kovacevich. Nothing this artist does is less than compelling.



Reviews

life long
At this stage in his life/career Kovacevich has nothing to lose. The result is a very important keyboard recording. There is the occasional fluffed note but any perceived fault is swept aside by the gripping performance. The sense of being present at the time of the recording is enhanced by the excellence of the sound. For those with Kovacevich's "classic" account this is a "don't miss". Recommended for all.
Submitted on 10/07/11 by Robert Oxley 
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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, England (06/30/2008-07/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1819

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
  • Performer: Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, England (06/30/2008-07/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731