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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

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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. 

Sound Samples

33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Tema (Vivace)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation I (Alla marcia maestoso)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation II (Poco allegro)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation III (L'istesso tempo)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation IV (Un poco più vivace)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation V (Allegro vivace)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation VI (Allegro ma non troppo e serioso)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation VII (Un poco più allegro)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation VIII (Poco vivace)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation IX (Allegro pesante e risoluto)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation X (Presto)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XI (Allegretto)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XII (Un poco più moto)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XIII (Vivace)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XIV (Grave e maestoso)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XV (Presto scherzando)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XVI (Allegro)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XVII
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XVIII (Poco moderato)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XIX (Presto)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XX (Andante)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXI (Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXII (Allegro molto): Alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXIII (Allegro assai)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXIV: Fughetta (Andante)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXV (Allegro)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXVI
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXVII (Vivace)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXVIII (Allegro)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXIX (Adagio ma non troppo)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXX (Andante, sempre cantabile)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXXI (Largo, molto espressivo)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXXII: Fuga (Allegro - Poco adagio)
33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli: Variation XXXIII (Tempo di minuetto moderato, ma non tirarsi dietro)

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