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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 / Stewart Goodyear, piano

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  1. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Tema. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation I. AlIa marcia maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation II. Poco allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation III. L’istesso tempo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation IV. Un poco più vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation V. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation VII. Un poco più allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation VIII. Poco vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation X. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XI. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XII. Un poco più moto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XIII. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XIV. Grave e maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XV. Presto scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XVI. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XVII. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XVIII. Poco moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XIX. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XX. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXI. Allegro con brio – Meno allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120:Variation XXII. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXIII. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXIV. Fughetta: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXVI. Piacevole $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXVII. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXVIII. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXXI. Largo, molto espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXXII. Fuga, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Beethoven — 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C Major, Op. 120: Variation XXXIII. Tempo di menuetto moderato $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
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Notes & Reviews:

The release of "Beethoven: The Late Sonatas" (MQS-CD-81507), established Stewart Goodyear as one of the great contemporary performers of Beethoven's monumental piano music.

With "The Diabelli Variations" Stewart Goodyear continues his brilliant exploration of Beethoven's piano repertoire. These Variations ask the pianist to be a fun, self-deprecating, mimicking, and shameless virtuoso as well as a thinking, lyrical lover of all things profound and heavenly. This set is a 45+ minute roller-coaster ride not dissimilar to performing and recording all 32 Beethoven sonatas.

Each variation defies a characterization that is merely a study. If it is a "serious" piece of music, it is because it is seriously funny and seriously irreverent before it ultimately becomes seriously moving. If it is an "entertaining" piece of music, it is because Beethoven brings the listener in with humor, virtuosity and gestures before he opens up his private soul. Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are a brilliant and profound piece, bridging the gap of popular versus artistic, virtuosic versus poetic, and earthy versus otherworldly.

Philadelphia Inquirer
With Beethoven's last five sonatas, he leaps the summit of the piano repertoire with complete success. Performances have a thrilling energy, mania for details, and brim with interpretive ideas that seem to leap out of the speakers in three dimensions. Is he in the rarefied league of Maurizio Pollini?"

All Music Guide
Goodyear's performance of this most difficult of all of Beethoven's piano works ("Hammerklavier") is spectacular. There's an "X factor" here that convinces you Beethoven would have wanted the effect of technical mastery of very thorny material that emerges here.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Comparisons? Well, there really are no comparisons! After years of listening to many different performances of this, I confess that the vividness of musicianship in this release makes me hear this piece in an altogether new way. It's also unforgettable. Stewart Goodyear belongs in a class by himself.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto (11/02/2013-11/03/2013).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
  • Performer: Stewart Goodyear (Piano)
  • Notes: Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto (11/02/2013-11/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1819