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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Vladimir Feltsman

Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 6257   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BEETHOVEN Diabelli Variations. Andante Favori Vladimir Feltsman (pn) NIMBUS 6257 (64:00)

Feltsman’s elder statesman recordings for Nimbus continue to delight. I have not heard the Russian repertoire (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin) that are included in this series, but that material ought to be mother’s milk for him. His recording of the six partitas of Bach, however, is among my favorite recordings of the year. They are exquisitely wrought, expressed with natural pacing and meticulous attention to Read more such inner details as texture, tonal color, and delicately shaped dynamic phrasing.

This would seem to be a good formula for Diabelli Variations , and for the most part, it is. But Beethoven has a quirky side, not least in this massive set of variations on a theme that the composer initially declared that he detested. My touchstone recordings for this work continue to be those of Peter Serkin, who seems to celebrate the oddness of the music, and Alfred Brendel, who brilliantly underlines the smirking humor that permeates the music. Both pianists, it might go without saying, also bring a bristling virtuosity to the table. They remain my top choices, along with the vintage reading of Schnabel. If you prefer to hear this Beethoven in a more straightforward, less interpretive way, the wisdom and beauty of Feltsman’s playing should be eminently satisfying. The sound is rich and natural, as expected from this label.

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Works on This Recording

Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Andante for Piano in F major, WoO 57 "Andante Favori" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Tema: Vivace
Variation 1: Alla Marcis maestoso
Variation 2: Poco Allegro
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Un poco piů vivace
Variation 5: Allegro vivace
Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Variation 7: Un poco piů allegro
Variation 8: Poco vivace
Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
Variation 10: Presto
Variation 11: Allegretto
Variation 12: Un poco piů moto
Variation 13: Vivace
Variation 14: Grave e maestoso
Variation 15: Presto Scherzando
Variation 16: Allegro
Variation 17: Allegro
Variation 18: Poco moderato
Variation 19: Presto
Variation 20: Andante
Variation 21: Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo primo
Variation 22: Allegro molto, alla 'Notte e giorno faticar' di Mozart
Variation 23: Allegro assai
Variation 24: Fughetta (Andante)
Variation 25: Allegro
Variation 26: (Piacevole)
Variation 27: Vivace
Variation 28: Allegro
Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo
Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo
Variation 32: Fuga: Allegro
Variation 33: Tempo di Menuetto moderato
Andante Favori WoO 57

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