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Libetta Plays Beethoven


Release Date: 07/29/2003 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1208   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Francesco Libetta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The dean of piano critics, Harold Schonberg, hails Libetta as 'an important pianist' who is 'the master of every period or style represented?[He makes] the pieces sing.' Earlier this year, when The New York Times profiled this rising talent, Matthew Gurewitsch wrote: 'The remarkable Francesco Libetta [is] a poet-aristocrat of the keyboard with the profile and carrage of a Renaissance prince. The dean of piano critics, Harold Schonberg, hails Libetta as 'an important pianist' who is 'the master of every period or style represented?[He makes] the pieces sing.' Earlier this year, when The New York Times profiled this rising talent, Matthew Gurewitsch wrote: 'The remarkable Francesco Libetta [is] a poet-aristocrat of the keyboard with the profile and carrage of a Renaissance prince. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Variations (6) for Piano in F major on an Original Theme, Op. 34 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Francesco Libetta (Piano)
Written: 1802 
2. Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Francesco Libetta (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A Focus on the Field March 20, 2013 By Brien Chomica (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "The Diabelli Variations: the most volcanic, bizarre, rugged, romantic, ironic, tempestuous piece that Louis ever wrunged from the old Broadwood. So said Herr Hildebrandt a long time ago -- more or less. And Maestro Libetta has given us a focal point for this sprawling great composition. Maestro has provided a guideline structure of eleven pairs of contrasting groups before the finale (consisting of the fugue of var.32 and the more-than-little Minuet of var. 33). Maestro writes: "When perception has passed through infinity, gracefulness reappears." -- As always, Maestro Libetta is completely technically adept, and, assuredly, his aesthetic insight is profound." Report Abuse
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