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Beethoven - The Complete Variations and Bagatelles, etc

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Ronald Brautigam
Catalogue Number BIS-2403 SACD
EAN 7318599924038
Format SACD Hybrid

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

  –  6 discs
Release date Sep 2019
Total time 409'23


Between 2003 and 2015, Ronald Brautigam recorded all of Beethoven’s music for solo piano – a huge undertaking resulting in a grand total of 15 highly acclaimed discs. Choosing to perform the works on the fortepiano, Brautigam began with a sonata cycle which caused one reviewer to talk of a challenge to ‘the very notion of playing this music on modern instruments, a stylistic paradigm shift.’ In 2010, after nine discs of sonatas, he went on to record &&&the composer’s variations, bagatelles and other piano pieces – a staggering array of works ranging from a Bagatelle lasting 11 seconds to the monumental Diabelli Variations, and from a charming Rondo in C major composed by a 13-year old Beethoven, to what is often referred to as the composer's ‘Last Musical Thought’, an Andante maestoso dated 1826.

Ronald Brautigam’s sonata recordings were released as a box set in 2014, and they are now followed by this 6-disc box of the remaining works for solo piano, in the original hybrid SACD format, and with full documentation in the form of the original booklets. Composed over the course of more than 40 years, the music is performed on three different instruments, all by the master builder Paul McNulty, demonstrating the rapid development that the fortepiano underwent during Beethoven’s lifetime.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Sieben Bagatellen, Op. 33 19'02
01 1. Andante grazioso, quasi allegretto 3'29
02 2. Scherzo. Allegro 2'44
03 3. Allegretto 2'13
04 4. Andante 2'41
05 5. Allegro, ma non troppo 2'50
06 6. Allegretto, quasi andante (Con una certa espressione parlante) 3'02
07 7. Presto 2'03
 
  Bagatelles 1795-1804 15'25
08 Allegretto in C minor (c. 1797) 3'09
09 Bagatelle in C major (1800) 0'25
10 Bagatelle in E flat major (1800) 0'20
11 Allegretto in C minor (1796-98) 3'21
12 Andante in C major (1792-95) 1'01
13 Klavierstück in C major (Lustig - traurig, c. 1798) 1'36
14 Bagatelle in C major (1803-04) 1'47
15 Bagatelle in C minor (1795) 3'46
 
  Elf Neue Bagatellen, Op. 119 13'23
16 1. Allegretto 2'18
17 2. Andante con moto 1'02
18 3. à l’Allemande 1'37
19 4. Andante cantabile 1'28
20 5. Risoluto 1'01
21 6. Andante - Allegretto 1'35
22 7. Allegro, ma non troppo 0'53
23 8. Moderato cantabile 1'15
24 9. Vivace moderato 0'37
25 10. Allegramente 0'12
26 11. Andante, ma non troppo 1'25
 
  Bagatelles 1810-25 7'17
27 Bagatelle in A minor (Für Elise, 1810) 2'40
28 Bagatelle in A minor (Für Elise, 1810) 1'10
29 Klavierstück in B minor (1821) 2'05
30 Klavierstück in G minor (1825) 0'29
31 Bagatelle in C major (1823-24) 0'53
 
  Sechs Bagatellen, Op. 126 15'46
32 1. Andante con moto 2'26
33 2. Allegro 2'35
34 3. Andante 1'50
35 4. Presto 3'39
36 5. Quasi allegretto 2'00
37 6. Presto - Andante amabile e con moto - Tempo I 3'16
 
 
Disc 2
01 Zwölf Variationen über den russischen Tanz aus dem Ballett Das Waldmädchen von P. Wranitzky (1796) 9'44
02 Acht Variationen über Une fièvre brûlante aus Richard Coeur de Lion von A.E.M. Grétry (1797) 6'13
03 Zehn Variationen über La stessa, la stessissima aus Falstaff von A. Salieri (1799) 9'31
04 Sieben Variationen über Kind, willst du ruhig schlafen aus Das unterbrochene Opferfest von P. Winter (1799) 10'23
05 Acht Variationen über Tändeln und Scherzen aus Soliman II von F. X. Süssmayr (1799) 8'10
06 Sechs Variationen über ein eigenes Thema G-Dur (1800) 7'15
07 Fünfzehn Variationen mit einer Fuge Es-Dur (Eroica Variations) 22'15
 
Disc 3
01 Neun Variationen über einen Marsch von Ernst Christoph Dressler (Zweite Fassung 1782) 6'21
02 Sechs Variationen über ein Schweizer Lied (c. 1790) 2'29
03 Vierundzwanzig Variationen über die Ariette Venni Amore von Vincenzo Righini (1790/91) 20'46
04 Dreizehn Variationen über die Ariette Es war einmal ein alter Mann aus Das rote Käppchen von Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1792) 12'11
05 Zwölf Variationen über das Menuett à la Vigano aus dem Ballett Le nozze disturbate von Jakob Haibel (1795) 12'46
06 Neun Variationen über Quant’ è più bello aus La molinara von Giovanni Paisiello (1795) 5'14
07 Sechs Variationen über das Duett Nel cor più non mi sento aus La molinara von Giovanni Paisiello (1795) 5'49
 
Disc 4
01 Rondo in C major (1783) 2'37
02 Rondo in A major (1783) 2'47
03 Rondo in B flat major 7'16
04 Rondo in C major 6'04
05 Rondo in G major 9'15
06 Rondo a capriccio in G major (Alla ingharese quasi un capriccio) 6'09
07 Ecossaise in E flat major (1825) 0'21
08 Six Ecossaises (c. 1806?) 2'21
09 Andante in F major (1809) 8'56
10 Fantasie 9'45
11 Polonaise in C major 5'29
12 Für Elise (1810, rev. version of 1822, ed. Barry Cooper) 3'41
13 Andante maestoso in C major (1826) 3'40
 
Disc 5
  Sechs Variationen in F major über ein eigenes Thema (1802) 21'16
01 Thema 1'41
02 Var. 1 1'32
03 Var. 2 1'02
04 Var. 3 1'13
05 Var. 4 1'17
06 Var. 5 1'54
07 Var. 6 4'44
08 Thema 0'57
09 Var. 1 0'43
10 Var. 2 0'43
11 Var. 3 0'47
12 Var. 4 0'48
13 var. 5 1'11
14 Var. 6 0'50
15 Var. 7 1'54
 
  Fünf Variationen in D major über Rule Britannia (1803) 4'19
16 Thema 0'40
17 Var. 1 0'35
18 Var. 2 0'34
19 Var. 3 0'33
20 Var. 4 0'35
21 Var. 5 1'22
 
22 Zweiunddreissig Variationen in C minor über ein eigenes Thema (1806) 9'40
  Sechs Variationen in D major (Die Ruinen von Athen) 5'54
23 Thema 0'39
24 Var. 1 0'37
25 Var. 2 0'35
26 Var. 3 0'44
27 Var. 4 0'43
28 Var. 5 0'37
29 Var. 6 1'59
 
  Zwei Praeludien durch alle Dur-Tonarten for piano or organ (1789) 6'46
30 I 4'33
31 II 2'13
 
32 Dreistimmige Fuge in C major (1795) 1'41
33 Präludium in F minor (1803?) 2'24
34 Menuett in F major (1794) 1'53
35 Allemande in A major (1793-94) 1'29
36 Anglaise in D major (1793-94) 0'38
37 Menuett in E flat major (1802) 3'20
38 Walzer in E flat major (1824) 2'08
39 Walzer in D major (1825) 1'10
 
Disc 6
  33 Veranderungen uber einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli 48'30
01 Theme: Vivace 0'56
02 Var. I. Alla marcia maestoso 1'42
03 Var. II. Poco allegro 0'48
04 Var. III. L’istesso tempo 1'10
05 Var. IV. Un poco più vivace 0'59
06 Var. V. Allegro vivace 0'53
07 Var. VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso 1'43
08 Var. VII. Un poco più allegro 1'00
09 Var. VIII. Poco vivace 1'09
10 Var. IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto 1'58
11 Var. X. Presto 0'36
12 Var. XI. Allegretto 0'52
13 Var. XII. Un poco più moto 0'56
14 Var. XIII. Vivace 0'56
15 Var. XIV. Grave e maestoso 3'09
16 Var. XV. Presto scherzando 0'32
17 Var. XVI. Allegro 0'53
18 Var. XVII. Allegro 0'57
19 Var. XVIII. Poco moderato 1'26
20 Var. XIX. Presto 0'51
21 Var. XX. Andante 2'05
22 Var. XXI. Allegro con brio 1'13
23 Var. XXII. Allegro molto (alla ‘Notte e giorno faticar’ di Mozart) 0'39
24 Var. XXIII. Allegro assai 0'56
25 Var. XXIV. Fughetta. Andante 2'19
26 Var. XXV. Allegro 0'41
27 Var. XXVI. Piacevole 1'18
28 Var. XXVII. Vivace 0'58
29 Var. XXVIII. Allegro 0'52
30 Var. XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo 0'56
31 Var. XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile 1'56
32 Var. XXXI. Largo, molto espressivo 4'14
33 Var. XXXII. Fuga. Allegro - Poco adagio 3'00
34 Var. XXXIII. Tempo di minuetto moderato 3'57
 
  6 National Airs with Variations 18'47
35 I. Variations on a Welsh folk song (The cottage maid) 2'30
36 II. Variations on a Scottish folk song (Von edlem Geschlecht war Shinkin – ‘Of noble stock was Shinkin’) 2'27
37 III. Variations on an Austrian folk song (A Schüsserl und a Reindl – ‘A bowl and a skillet’) 5'34
38 IV. Variations on an Irish folk song (The last rose of summer) 3'06
39 V. Variations on an Irish folk song (Chiling O’Guiry) 2'08
40 VI. Variations on an Irish folksong (Paddy whack) 3'02
 
  Album total 409'23
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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