• BIS1943 Katalognummer
  • 7318599919430 EAN
  • 1SACD Format
  • 2017 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Brautigam, Ronald (fortepiano)

Komponist
Beethoven, Ludwig van

Plateselskap
BIS

Verk

33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli, Op.120:
Theme: Vivace
Var. I. Alla marcia maestoso
Var. II. Poco allegro
Var. III. L’istesso tempo
Var. IV. Un poco più vivace
Var. V. Allegro vivace
Var. VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Var. VII. Un poco più allegro
Var. VIII. Poco vivace
Var. IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto
Var. X. Presto
Var. XI. Allegretto
Var. XII. Un poco più moto
Var. XIII. Vivace
Var. XIV. Grave e maestoso
Var. XV. Presto scherzando
Var. XVI. Allegro
Var. XVII. Allegro
Var. XVIII. Poco moderato
Var. XIX. Presto
Var. XX. Andante
Var. XXI. Allegro con brio
Var. XXII. Allegro molto (alla ‘Notte e giorno faticar’ di Mozart)
Var. XXIII. Allegro assai
Var. XXIV. Fughetta. Andante
Var. XXV. Allegro
Var. XXVI. Piacevole
Var. XXVII. Vivace
Var. XXVIII. Allegro
Var. XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo
Var. XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile
Var. XXXI. Largo, molto espressivo
Var. XXXII. Fuga. Allegro - Poco adagio
Var. XXXIII. Tempo di minuetto moderato

6 National Airs with Variations, Op. 105:
I. Variations on a Welsh folk song (The cottage maid)
II. Variations on a Scottish folk song (Von edlem Geschlecht war Shinkin – ‘Of noble stock was Shinkin’)
III. Variations on an Austrian folk song (A Schüsserl und a Reindl – ‘A bowl and a skillet’)
IV. Variations on an Irish folk song (The last rose of summer)
V. Variations on an Irish folk song (Chiling O’Guiry)
VI. Variations on an Irish folksong (Paddy whack)

Produktbeskrivelse

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 disc 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.

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Beethoven, Ludwig van: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 15: ‘Diabelli’ <span>-</span> Brautigam, Ronald (fortepiano) Beethoven, Ludwig van: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 15: ‘Diabelli’ Brautigam, Ronald (fortepiano)

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