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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.

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REVIEW:

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.

– New York Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
Variations for Piano, Op. 24 by Oliver Knussen
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; England 
3.
Variations (5) for Piano by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953 
4.
Meditation on Haydn's Name, for piano by George Benjamin
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
5.
Piano Variations by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Benjamin Hochman (Piano)

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