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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations; Fur Elise; Rage over a Lost Penny / Alfred Brendel, piano

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Piano in C major on "God Save the King", WoO 78
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (5) for Piano on "Rule Britannia", WoO 79
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (6) on a Swiss song for piano in F major, WoO 64
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Notes & Reviews:

Described by Alfred Brendel as `The greatest of all piano works,` the Diabelli Variations is Beethoven at his finest. This masterpiece is accompanied by other remarkable variations - 'God Save the King,' 'Rule Brittania,' and 'Variations on a Swiss Air' - and all-time favorites 'Für Elise' and 'Rage Over a Lost Penny.' As always, Brendel is magnificent.

Gramophone
Brendel's approach, at first more highly-strung, and at the end, more austere, is on the whole more penetrating... I also admired Brendel's intellectual grasp of the work, i.e. the way he clarifies the theme's contribution to the actual fabric of each variation. Nor does any contrapuntal ingenuity ever go unnoticed. The grave, classical beauty of his playing here is very moving.

Penguin Guide
The simplicity of Beethoven's Variations on God Save the King is disarming, and Rule Britannia is also without rhetoric. Brendel plays them eloquently, with the proper unforced manner. Hs approach is stronger on some... Brendel's natural, spontaneous manner brings out many felicities and the playing is never merely matter-of-fact. The bright recordings have fine presence.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1819

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Rondo a Capriccio for piano in G major ("Rage Over a Lost Penny"), Op. 129
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Piano in C major on "God Save the King", WoO 78
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802-1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (5) for Piano on "Rule Britannia", WoO 79
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (6) on a Swiss song for piano in F major, WoO 64
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1793