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Beethoven: Diabelli-variationen / Maurizio Pollini

Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459645   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Bach's 30 'Goldberg Variations' are the alpha of the genre, then Beethoven's 33 'Diabelli Variations' are the omega. Of course Beethoven had to outdo his predecessor in the variation count, but he also endeavored to go further in every direction with outrageous shifts of mood and dynamics and a range of parody that includes Papa Bach himself in the fughetta of Variation no. 24. On the slender reed of a seemingly trivial theme, the work, with the composer's inexhaustible bravado, sweeps one along on a journey that seems to go all over the map but ends on a much higher plateau than where it began.
Maurizio Pollini, with his steely technique and rigorous intellectual approach, proves to be an ideal interpreter of the Diabellis,
Read more displaying firm control and outright strength with the right combination of fierceness, introspection and bluff humor. And while he may not be paying tribute to the Goldberg's most notorious champion, he can be clearly heard crooning, a la Glenn Gould, in the final variation. Read less

Works on This Recording

Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  Hercules Hall, Munich, Germany 
Length: 50 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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