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Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Rondos, Etc / Louis Lortie


Release Date: 10/28/1992 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8616   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lortie established his credentials as a Beethoven interpreter at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition with a richly poetic account of the G major Concerto, but has so far refrained from committing any of the piano music to disc. Let me say straight away that these are, to my mind, performances of some stature and depth that can hold their own with any of those listed above—and given their distinction, that is praise indeed? His account of the Eroica Variations is spacious and magisterial, virile yet sensitive, and the wide range of dynamic nuance and keyboard colour is there to illumine Beethoven's textures and not highlight the artist's pianism. He succeeds in communicating the power of Beethoven's imagination: the part-writing Read more in the fugue emerges with a masterly clarity, and is beautifully weighted and balanced.

Lortie gives us an equally unhurried and thoughtful account of the Op. 34 Variations, which is by no means as well represented on disc. Naturally couplings will affect choice: Gilels on DG gives us two sonatas—the D major, Op. 10 No. 3 and the E flat, Op. 31 No. 3; Brendel (Philips) the Op. 126 Bagatelles, and the Ecossaises, WoO83, and Katsaris who is rather synthetically recorded on Teldec, offers the Liszt transcription of the Fifth Symphony. The Chandos recording, made at The Maltings, Snape is of the highest quality; natural, present and with plenty of air round the aural image, every bit as good as (if not better than) some of its rivals.

-- Robert Layton, Gramophone [10/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Variations (6) for Piano in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Written: 1802 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1986 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 13 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2. Rondo for Piano in C major, Op. 51 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3. Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4. Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Written: 1802 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1986 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 24 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5. Rondo for Piano in G major, Op. 51 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Louis Lortie (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Introduzione col Basso del Tema
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 1
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 2
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 3
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 4
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 5
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 6
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 7
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 8
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 9
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 10
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 11
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 12
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 13
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 14
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Variation 15
15 Variations and a Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations": Finale: Alla Fuga
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Theme: Adagio
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Variation 1
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Variation 2: Allegro ma non troppo
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Variation 3: Allegretto
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Variation 4: Tempo di Menuetto
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Variation 5: Marcia: Allegretto
6 Variations in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34: Variation 6: Allegretto - Coda: Adagio molto
Rondo in C major, Op. 51, No. 1
Rondo in G major, Op. 51, No. 2
Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, "Fur Elise"

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