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Beethoven - Complete works for solo piano, Vol.11

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1673 SACD
EAN 7318599916736
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2012
Total time 73'35

BBC Music: Double 5 Stars June 2012; Klassik Heute 10/10/10 May 2012; Music Web International: "BIS’s SACD sonics are superb, and with the usual accessible and informative booklet notes by Roeland Hazendonk this is something of a highlight even of Brautigam’s brilliant Beethoven". (May 2012).

Theme and variations’ is one form that Beethoven employed throughout his career. He wrote his first surviving set while still a boy in Bonn and finished the last one some forty years later – a statistical fact that becomes interesting when one considers the inherent tension between the composer’s dramatic style and the static and decorative nature of the form itself. Towards the end of the 18th century variation form was generally used for entertaining elaborations on popular tunes but Beethoven, being Beethoven, changed the ground rules radically. For a while he followed the convention – or shrewd marketing strategy – of using existing melodies from operas or ballets, but often these would almost immediately undergo such profound transformations that he might as well have used an unknown theme. As a consequence it is understandable that Beethoven’s variations were often considered much too learned, far too eccentric and, by some, even offensive.
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  Ludwig van Beethoven
01 Zwölf Variationen, WoO71 über den russischen Tanz aus dem Ballett Das Waldmädchen von P. Wranitzky 9'36
02 Acht Variationen, WoO72 über Une fièvre brûlante aus Richard Cœur de Lion von A.E.M. Grétry 6'07
03 Zehn Variationen, WoO73 über La stessa, la stessissima aus Falstaff von A. Salieri 9'23
04 Sieben Variationen, WoO75 über Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen aus Das unterbrochene Opferfest von P. Winter 10'15
05 Acht Variationen, WoO76 über Tändeln und Scherzen aus Soliman II von F.X. Süssmayr 8'02
06 Sechs Variationen über ein eigenes Thema G-Dur, WoO77 7'08
07 Fünfzehn Variationen mit einer Fuge Es-Dur, Op.35 (‘Eroica’ Variations) 21'45
  Album total 73'35
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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