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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Helmchen


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 386  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Helmchen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The pianist Martin Helmchen has now joined Alpha for several recordings. Acknowledged as one of the leading pianists of his generation, an eminent interpreter of the German repertoire, Helmchen will explore various periods and composers (including Messiaen!), but Beethoven will have a preponderant place in his forthcoming recording projects. Before the complete concertos, planned for 2020, he tackles the Diabelli Variations, ‘a climax in the life of a pianist’. He sees these variations as ‘a voyage to the very heart of the infinity of human feelings and moods, by turns profound, philosophical, satirical’. He regards the cycle as a visionary work that heralds future developments in music, containing the first stirrings of twentieth-century Read more minimalism, atonality and abstraction. This recording is the end result of a long personal association and numerous concerts; a powerful version in which each variation emerges as a masterpiece in its own right. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martin Helmchen (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria 

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