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Variations - Brahms: Handel Variations; Knussen: Variations for Piano; Berio: Cinque Variazioni; Benjamin: 'Haydn' Meditation / Benjamin Hochman: piano

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  1. Variations, Op. 24 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Cinque Variazioni $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Meditation on Haydn’s Name $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Piano Variations
  5. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 1 Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 2 Variation I, Più vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 3 Variation II $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 4 Variation III $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 5 Variation IV $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 6 Variation V $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 7 Variation VI $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 8 Variation VII $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 9 Variation VIII $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 10 Variation IX $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 11 Variation X, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 12 Variation XI, Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 13 Variation XII, L’istesso tempo $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 14 Variation XIII, Largamente, ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 15 Variation XIV $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 16 Variation XV $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 17 Variation XVI $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 18 Variation XVII $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 19 Variation XVIII $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 20 Variation XIX $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 21 Variation XX, Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 22 Variation XXI, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 23 Variation XXII, Alla musette $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 24 Variation XXIII, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 25 Variation XXIV $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 26 Variation XXV $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24: No. 27 Fuga, Moderato $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Knussen, Oliver : Variations for piano, Op. 24
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Variazioni (5), for piano
>Benjamin, George : Meditation on Haydn's Name, for piano
>Lieberson, Peter : Piano Variations
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Benjamin Hochman follows his critically acclaimed AVIE debut Homage to Schubert (AVR 2281), which paired two sonatas by the 19thcentury master with modern-day tributes by Kurtág and Widmann, with a like-minded program centered on the age-old musical form of variations. At the heart of the album is the Handel Variations by Brahms, a grand master of the art form. The four shorter Piano Variations on this recording are by major composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: Oliver Knussen, Luciano Berio, George Benjamin, and Peter Lieberson. Each composition is a piece of great beauty, but with results that are strikingly diverse.

New York Times
Excellent and inquisitive ... vibrant and stylish.

Sunday Times, 1st March 2015
Celebrating the enduring power of the variations form, this recital moves from distinguished recent examples to Brahms's resplendent Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel...Peter Lieberson's Piano Variations (1996), in its first recording, and structurally inspired by the four elements, is as friendly to the ear as it is fiercely virtuosic.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (06/29/2014-06/30/2014).



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>Knussen, Oliver : Variations for piano, Op. 24
  • Performer: Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (06/29/2014-06/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Variazioni (5), for piano
  • Performer: Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (06/29/2014-06/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952-1966

>Benjamin, George : Meditation on Haydn's Name, for piano
  • Performer: Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (06/29/2014-06/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lieberson, Peter : Piano Variations
  • Performer: Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (06/29/2014-06/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • Performer: Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (06/29/2014-06/30/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861