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Variations / Hochman

Release Date: 02/17/2015 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2327   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsOliver KnussenLuciano BerioGeorge Benjamin,   ... 
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pianist Benjamin Hochman follows his critically acclaimed AVIE debut Homage to Schubert (AVR 2281), which paired two sonatas by the 19thcentury master with modern-day tributes by Kurtág and Widmann, with a like-minded program centered on the age-old musical form of variations. At the heart of the album is the Handel Variations by Brahms, a grand master of the art form. The four shorter Piano Variations on this recording are by major composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: Oliver Knussen, Luciano Berio, George Benjamin, and Peter Lieberson. Each composition is a piece of great beauty, but with results that are strikingly diverse.



He gives lucid, exciting performances
Read more of variations by Oliver Knussen, Luciano Berio, George Benjamin and Peter Lieberson, then ends with an exhilarating account of Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.

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Works on This Recording

Variations and Fugue for Piano in B flat major on a theme by Handel, Op. 24 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
Variations for Piano, Op. 24 by Oliver Knussen
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
Variations (5) for Piano by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953 
Meditation on Haydn's Name, for piano by George Benjamin
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Piano Variations by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)

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