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Beethoven: The Complete Early Variations / Commellato


Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95425  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An unrivalled compendium on disc of the Beethoven’s compositional laboratory, full of experiments that would be refined throughout his career to create the piano’s ‘New Testament’ of 32 sonatas. Under the title of ‘early variations’, Alessandro Commellato has brought together all those theme with variation sets for solo and four hands piano that were not included in the main catalogue of Beethoven's compositions. In fact not all of them are early: the imposing C minor 32 Variations WoO80 are the best-known work here, composed as late as 1806, and the sets on Rule Britannia and God save the King were written a year or two earlier, and perhaps not only for commercially expedient reasons, given Beethoven’s admiration for the British resistance Read more to the proclamation of the French Empire. More common, however, are the variation sets where Beethoven was establishing his voice and refining his technique by exercising his imagination on melodies from popular marches and operas by Grétry, Paisiello and Mozart. The composer used these works to curry favour with patrons such as Prince Lichnowsky; even on occasion as dedicatory gifts in order to make amends for his notoriously obstreperous behaviour, such as the variations on a Dittersdorf arietta, ‘Es war einmal’ (Once upon a time) which he gave in the summer of 1792 to Eleonore von Breuning, daughter of Maria Helena, who had welcomed the young wayward artist into her home. Alessandro Commellato uses an 1823 fortepiano by Joseph Böhm, a Viennese piano-maker whose instruments were known to Beethoven, bestowing on this recording an unusual degree of authenticity. He is a specialist in historically informed performances of Viennese Classicism: previous discs for Brilliant Classics include music by Beethoven’s pupils such as the cello sonatas of Ferdinand Ries and piano concertos by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Variations (5) for Piano on "Rule Britannia", WoO 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Variations (5) for Piano on "Rule Britannia", WoO 79 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Variations (7) for Piano in C major on "God Save the King", WoO 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Variations (7) for Piano in C major on "God Save the King", WoO 78 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Variations (6) for Piano in G major on an Original Theme, WoO 77 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Variations (6) for Piano in G major on an Original Theme, WoO 77 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Variations (8) for Piano in F major on a theme by Süssmayr, WoO 76 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Variations (8) for Piano in F major on a theme by Süssmayr, WoO 76 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Variations (7) for Piano in F major on a theme by Winter, WoO 75 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Variations (7) for Piano in F major on a theme by Winter, WoO 75 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Variations (6) for Piano 4 hands on "Ich denke dein", WoO 74 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799/1803; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Variations (6) for Piano 4 hands on "Ich denke dein", WoO 74 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799/1803; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Variations (10) for Piano on Salieri's "La stressa le stessissima", WoO 73 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Variations (10) for Piano on Salieri's "La stressa le stessissima", WoO 73 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Variations (8) for Piano in C major on a theme by Grétry, WoO 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Variations (8) for Piano in C major on a theme by Grétry, WoO 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Variations (12) for Piano in A major on a theme of Wranitzky, WoO 71 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Variations (12) for Piano in A major on a theme of Wranitzky, WoO 71 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Variations (6) for Piano on a duet from "La Molinara", WoO 70 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Variations (6) for Piano on a duet from "La Molinara", WoO 70 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Variations (9) for Piano on an aria from "La molinara", WoO 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Variations (9) for Piano on an aria from "La molinara", WoO 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Variations (12) for Piano on Haibel's "Menuet ŕ la Viganň", WoO 68 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Variations (12) for Piano on Haibel's "Menuet ŕ la Viganň", WoO 68 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Variations (8) for Piano 4 hands on a theme by Waldstein, WoO 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1792; Bonn, Germany 
28.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Variations (24) for Piano on Righini's "Venni amore", WoO 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790-1791; Bonn, Germany 
30.
Variations (6) for Harp/Piano in F major on a Swiss Song, WoO 64 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1793; Bonn, Germany 
31.
Variations (9) for Piano in C minor on a March by Dressler, WoO 63 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alessandro Commellato (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Bonn, Germany 

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