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Three of the most important Artists of our time present three of the most important cycles of Piano Variations ever composed. Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman and András Schiff go to the heart of these monumental creations in performances that are highly personal. They sensitively balance the contrasting aims of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, who were often referred to by 19th century German critics as the "Three B's" because of their supposed primacy in the history of central European classical music.
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Russian pianist Yefim Bronfman rounds out the video with his 1987 performance of Brahms's Handel Variations. Brahms, who owned a first edition of Handel's keyboard suite in B-flat major (HWV 434), extracted the theme from the work's final aria, added twenty-five variations and a fugue, and gifted his new masterpiece to Clara Schumann in celebration of her forty-second birthday. Bronfman gets a little excited in the final fugue, losing some of his discipline and playing with more weight than he needs to, but overall it's clear he's mastered this piece that Clara herself admitted was too challenging for her.
Run Time: 170 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
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Works DetailsBeethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
- Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1819-1823
Brahms, Johannes : Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
- Performer: Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1861
Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
- Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Vocal