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Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 14

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Catalogue numberBIS-1942 SACD
Release date2015-11-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time62:58

Ludwig van Beethoven’s first printed work was a set of variations – published in 1783 when he was only twelve years old – and his final keyboard composition was the massive set of thirty-three variations on a theme by Anton Diabelli, composed almost four decades later. Not counting the several movements in variation form included in the sonatas, his twenty-one sets of piano variations thus trace a line of development in his production, parallel to those formed by the 32 piano sonatas or the 16 string quartets. On this the 14th volume in his acclaimed traversal of Beethoven's keyboard music, Ronald Brautigam performs five sets, composed between 1802 and 1809. In three of these Beethoven uses themes of his own, including the Ruins of Athens Variations, Op.76, nick-named after the play for which Beethoven later wrote incidental music, reusing the martial theme in a 'Turkish march'. The two remaining sets both use English themes; Beethoven’s choice of God save the King and Rule Britannia may well reflect his often expressed respect for that country – as well as his interest in the English market for sheet music. As the final part of the programme, Brautigam includes a selection of smaller pieces, most of them of an earlier date than the preceding variations. Some of these are probably student pieces, in particular the Preludes Op.39 and WoO 55 and the Fugue in C major, fruits of the counterpoint exercises Beethoven was assigned by his first teacher, Christian Gottlob Neefe, and by Johann Albrechtsberger. Six dances close a disc that offers many opportunities to glimpse another Beethoven than the composer we all believe we know.
 
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  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
  Sechs Variationen über ein eigenes Thema in F major, Op.34 (1802) 13:21
01 Thema 01:39 $ 0.20 USD
02 Var.1 01:32 $ 0.18 USD
03 Var.2 01:02 $ 0.12 USD
04 Var.3 01:13 $ 0.15 USD
05 Var.4 01:17 $ 0.15 USD
06 Var.5 01:54 $ 0.23 USD
07 Var.6 04:44 $ 0.57 USD
 
  Sieben Variationen über „God save the King“ in C major, WoO78 (1803) 07:44
08 Thema 00:55 $ 0.11 USD
09 Var.1 00:43 $ 0.09 USD
10 Var.2 00:43 $ 0.09 USD
11 Var.3 00:47 $ 0.09 USD
12 Var.4 00:48 $ 0.10 USD
13 Var.5 01:11 $ 0.14 USD
14 Var.6 00:50 $ 0.10 USD
15 Var.7 01:47 $ 0.21 USD
 
  Fünf Variationen über „Rule Britannia“ in D major, WoO79 (1803) 04:17
16 Thema 00:38 $ 0.08 USD
17 Var.1 00:35 $ 0.07 USD
18 Var.2 00:34 $ 0.07 USD
19 Var.3 00:33 $ 0.07 USD
20 Var.4 00:35 $ 0.07 USD
21 Var.5 01:22 $ 0.16 USD
 
22 Zweiunddreißig Variationen über ein eigenes Thema in C
minor, WoO80 (1806)
09:30 $ 1.14 USD
 
  Sechs Variationen in D major, Op.76 (1809) „Die Ruinen von Athen“ 05:42
23 Thema 00:37 $ 0.07 USD
24 Var.1 00:37 $ 0.07 USD
25 Var.2 00:35 $ 0.07 USD
26 Var.3 00:44 $ 0.09 USD
27 Var.4 00:43 $ 0.09 USD
28 Var.5 00:37 $ 0.07 USD
29 Var.6 01:49 $ 0.22 USD
 
  Zwei Präludien durch alle Dur-Tonarten, Op.39 (1789) 06:42
30 I. 04:31 $ 0.54 USD
31 II. 02:11 $ 0.26 USD
 
32 Dreistimmige Fuge in C major, Hess 64 (1795) 01:38 $ 0.20 USD
 
33 Präludium in F minor, WoO55 (1803?) 02:24 $ 0.29 USD
 
34 Menuett in F major, WoO217 (1794) 01:53 $ 0.23 USD
 
35 Allemande in A major, WoO81 (1793–94) 01:31 $ 0.18 USD
 
36 Anglaise in D major, WoO212 (1793–94) 00:38 $ 0.08 USD
 
37 Menuett in E flat major, WoO82 (1802) 03:17 $ 0.39 USD
 
38 Walzer in E flat major, WoO84 (1824) 02:05 $ 0.25 USD
 
39 Walzer in D major, WoO85 (1825) 00:35 $ 0.07 USD
 
  Album total 62:58
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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