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Beethoven, complete solo piano works, Vol. 15: Diabelli Variations (33), Op. 120; National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 / Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

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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
  7. Beethoven — Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Var. 7, Un poco più allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  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 mosso $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 $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
  34. Beethoven — 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 (Version for Piano): No. 1, Air ecossais in G Major. The Cottage Maid $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Beethoven — 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 (Version for Piano): No. 2, Air ecossais in C Minor. Of Noble Stock Was Shinkin $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Beethoven — 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 (Version for Piano): No. 3, Air autrichien in C Major. A Schüsserl und a Reindl $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Beethoven — 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 (Version for Piano): No. 4, Air ecossais in E-Flat Major. The Last Rose of Summer $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Beethoven — 6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105 (Version for Piano): No. 6, Air ecossais in D Major. Paddy Whack $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : National Airs and Variations (6) for Piano and Flute/Violin, Op. 105
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1819 the Viennese music publisher and composer Anton Diabelli sent a short waltz to a long list of composers. These included Schubert, Hummel, a very young Franz Liszt and, as the most prominent composer of the time, naturally Beethoven. Diabelli was proposing to compile an anthology of variations on his own waltz, one from each composer. Beethoven responded in a characteristic manner: first there was nothing, and then there was nothing ... and then, in 1823, there was an entire, and monumental, set of no less than thirty-three variations. There are several possible reasons for this, one being that Beethoven felt that it was below his dignity to take part in a project of this nature. What is certain, however, is that he must have found Diabelli's theme intriguing material to work with - and against: Beethoven often seems to poke fun at the waltz, starting already in the first variation by turning it into a pompous march. But like all truly great variation works the Diabelli Variations take in the high as well as the low, jokes as well as drama - or serenity, as in Variation 24, a Fughetta, clearly inspired by the Aria in Bach's Goldberg Variations. As the last large-scale piano work by Beethoven, the Diabelli Variations form a fitting close to Ronald Brautigam's traversal of the complete solo piano music. Described in International Record Review as 'a Beethoven player whose musical discernment is a constant source of wonderment', Brautigam has through the course of this series performed works composed between 1783 and 1825, using four different fortepianos. On the present release we hear a copy of a 4-stringed fortepiano by Conrad Graf from 1822 - similar to Beethoven's own last instrument, which Graf supplied him with in 1826, a year before the composer's death.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Österåker Church, Sweden (08/2015).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1819

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : National Airs and Variations (6) for Piano and Flute/Violin, Op. 105
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1818