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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Andreas Staier

Beethoven / Staier
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902091   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz SchubertFranz LisztCarl Czerny,   ... 
Performer:  Andreas Staier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Andreas Staier prefaces Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations with an overture of sorts. He opens this release with Anton Diabelli’s C major waltz, followed by eight delightful, contrasting variations on the waltz by composers whom Diabelli invited to contribute one variation apiece for the original benefit anthology. Next, Staier improvises a Beethoven-like interlude that leads right into the most stimulating period-instrument Diabelli Variations recording on the market as of spring 2012. Staier’s unerring tempo relationships, angular phrasing, strong sense of drama, stinging accents, and grand cumulative sweep add up to an interpretation that is painstakingly detailed without sacrificing the music’s
Read more grand design. Every note comes alive with meaning and purpose, including Staier’s spontaneous flourishes and whimsical changes of voicing on the repeats.

Right away you’ll notice the variety of nuances and articulations that flavor Staier’s suave and steady dispatch of Variation 2’s chords alternating between the hands. His flexible and buoyant response to Variation 4’s Poco più vivace directive leaves Gary Cooper’s relatively earthbound reading at the starting gate, while Cooper’s uneventful repeated-note phrases in Variation 5 fall short of Staier’s rhythmic verve. Staier nails Variation 9’s often vaguely articulated accents, and shapes Variation 10’s dynamic surges and fast chords so that they playfully float over the bar lines.

Staier gauges Variation 13’s silences with the timing of a great comedian. He also takes advantage of his Graf instrument’s built-in percussion stops—discreetly so in Variation 22 (the parody on Mozart’s “Notte e giorno faticar” from Don Giovanni), but the cymbal crash underlining Variation 23’s big chords blatantly distracts from the scampering runs that follow. True, it’s fun to hear, but some listeners may take offense.

However, Staier compensates in the concluding minor-key variations with some of his most tastefully eloquent and vocally informed keyboard work on disc. While I wager that Ronald Brautigam’s forthcoming fortepiano Diabelli Variations may offer serious competition, Staier’s thoroughly engaging and vibrant musicianship warrant no less than our highest rating.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 43 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Variation for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C minor, D 718 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 20) by Joseph Kerzkowsky
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Variation on a Waltz theme of Diabelli by Johann Peter Pixis
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Waltz (Theme for the Variations) by Anton Diabelli
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 18) by Frederic Kalkbrenner
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 21) by Conradin Kreutzer
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 28) by Franz Xavier W. Mozart
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Andreas Staier's Introduction to Beethoven's Diabelli Variations by Andreas Staier
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 09/2010 
Venue:  Teldex Studio Berlin 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10.
Variations on Diabelli's Waltz: Variation 16 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824 
11.
Variations on Diabelli's Waltz: Variation 26 by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
12.
Variations on Diabelli's Waltz: Variation 4 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): I. Thema
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): II. Var. IV
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): III. Var. XVI
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): IV. Var. XVIII
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): V. Var. XX
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): VI. Var. XXI
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): VII. Var. XXIV
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): VIII. Var. XXVI
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): IX. Var. XXXI
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): X. Var. XXVIII
Aus: "50 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli" (Wien, 1824): XI. Var. XXXVIII
"Introduction"
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: I. Thema. Vivace
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: II. Var. I. Alla Marcia maestoso
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: III. Var. II. Poco allegro
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: IV. Var. III. L'istesso tempo
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: V. Var. IV. Un poco più vivace
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: VI. Var. V. Allegro vivace
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: VII. Var. VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: VIII. Var. VII. Un poco più allegro
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: IX. Var. VIII. Poco vivace
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: X. Var. IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XI. Var. X. Presto
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XII. Var. XI. Allegretto
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XIII. Var. XII. Un poco più moto
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XIV. Var. XIII. Vivace
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XV. Var. XIV. Grave e maestoso
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XVI. Var. XV. Presto scherzando
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XVII. Var. XVI. Allegro
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XVIII. Var. XVII.
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XIX. Var. XVIII. Poco moderato
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XX. Var. XIX. Presto
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXI. Var. XX. Andante
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXII. Var. XXI. Allegro con brio - Meno allegro
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXIII. Var. XXII. Allegro molto
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXIV. Var. XXIII. Allegro assai
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXV. Var. XXIV - Fughetta. Andante
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXVI. Var. XXV. Allegro
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXVII. Var. XXVI.
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXVIII. Var. XXVII. Vivace
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXIX. Var. XXVIII. Allegro
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXX. Var. XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXXI. Var. XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXXII. Var. XXXI. Largo molto, espressivo
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXXIII. Var. XXXII - Fuga. Allegro - Poco adagio
Diabelli Variations, Op.120: XXXIV. Var. XXXIII. Tempo di Menuetto moderato

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