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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 / Christian Leotta, piano

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  1. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Theme. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 1, Alla marcia maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 2, Poco allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 4, Un poco più vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 5, Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 6, Allegro ma non troppo e serioso $0.99 on iTunes
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  8. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 8, Poco vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 9, Allegro pesante e risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 10, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 11, Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 12, Un poco più moto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 13, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 14, Grave e maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 15, Presto scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 16, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 17, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 18, Poco moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 19, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 20, Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 21, Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 22, Allegro molto, alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 23, Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 24, Fughetta. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 25, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 26, Piacevole $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 27, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 28, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 29, Adagio ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 30, Andante, sempre cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 31, Largo, molto espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 32, Fuga. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 33, 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:

Italian pianist Christian Leotta returns with Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. These variations were composed on a waltz written by composer Anton Diabelli, who instantly recognized "the novelty of their ideas, care in working-out, and beauty in the most artful of their transitions". Christian Leotta's affinity for Beethoven's music has been unanimously recognized by critics, who praise "his prodigious technique" (The WholeNote), and "his capability of really seizing your attention at unexpected moments" (All Music Guide). Leotta has established a reputation as "a pianist of the highest order: technician, musician and interpreter all at once" (La Presse).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada (07/2014).



Reviews

Marvelous performance and recording of these variations!
This recording consists of all 33 variations on a Waltz in C Major by Anton Diabelli (Op. 120). In 1819 Diabellis publisher circulated the waltz to Austrias most prominent composers with an invitation to each to write a variation as part of a collective work. Fifty accepted the challenge. But four years later Beethoven sent him 33 variations. Diabelli must have been just thrilled!

The first track is the Waltz that the remaining variations are based on, and in and of itself it is a wonderful little tune. But what Beethoven does with the musical foundation of this tune is just remarkable. Particularly noteworthy for me were Variation 14 (track 15, Grave e maestoso) due to the feel of the variation and the much slower tempo requiring a particularly virtuosic touch to provide balance and depth to the variation, Variation 16 (track 17, Allegro) which is just a beast to play even for someone with the talents of Mr. Leotta even though he makes it sound far too easy, Variation 19 (track 20, Presto) is not only difficult, but sounds like it would really fun to watch, Variation 20 (track 21, Andante) is slow and quiet, requiring a delicate but firm touch and a particularly sensitive sense of balance for the entire 3:15 of the variation, Variation 26 (track 27, Piacevole) has a beautiful cascade of notes that trickle down the keyboard and under Mr. Leottas touch the sequence is seamless, Variation 31 (track 32, Largo molto, espressivo) which for this listener has a deeply personal feeling of subtle strength coupled with resignation and weariness, and finally Variation 33 (track 34, Tempo di Menuetto, moderato) a rather noble and gentle piece of music that is incredibly well constructed and pleasing to both the ear and the mind.

The quality of this recording is marvelous, and I cant say enough about Mr. Leottas playing. It is clear that he is emotionally invested in bringing each variation to life, and investing every note with nuances and expressiveness. I highly recommend this CD!

Submitted on 11/03/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
  • Performer: Christian Leotta (Piano)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1819