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Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 11

Catalogue numberBIS-1673 SACD
Release date2012-02-05
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time73:35

BBC Music: Double 5 Stars June 2012; Klassik Heute 10/10/10 May 2012; Music Web International: "BIS’s SACD sonics are superb, and with the usual accessible and informative booklet notes by Roeland Hazendonk this is something of a highlight even of Brautigam’s brilliant Beethoven". (May 2012).

Theme and variations’ is one form that Beethoven employed throughout his career. He wrote his first surviving set while still a boy in Bonn and finished the last one some forty years later – a statistical fact that becomes interesting when one considers the inherent tension between the composer’s dramatic style and the static and decorative nature of the form itself. Towards the end of the 18th century variation form was generally used for entertaining elaborations on popular tunes but Beethoven, being Beethoven, changed the ground rules radically. For a while he followed the convention – or shrewd marketing strategy – of using existing melodies from operas or ballets, but often these would almost immediately undergo such profound transformations that he might as well have used an unknown theme. As a consequence it is understandable that Beethoven’s variations were often considered much too learned, far too eccentric and, by some, even offensive.
Extra material for download
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
01 Zwölf Variationen, WoO71 über den russischen Tanz aus dem
Ballett Das Waldmädchen von P. Wranitzky
09:36 $ 2.04 USD
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
02 Acht Variationen, WoO72 über Une fièvre brûlante aus
Richard Cœur de Lion von A.E.M. Grétry
06:07 $ 1.31 USD
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
03 Zehn Variationen, WoO73 über La stessa, la stessissima aus
Falstaff von A. Salieri
09:23 $ 2.00 USD
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
04 Sieben Variationen, WoO75 über Kind, willst du ruhig
schlafen aus Das unterbrochene Opferfest von P. Winter
10:15 $ 2.18 USD
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
05 Acht Variationen, WoO76 über Tändeln und Scherzen aus
Soliman II von F.X. Süssmayr
08:02 $ 1.72 USD
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
06 Sechs Variationen über ein eigenes Thema G-Dur, WoO77 07:08 $ 1.52 USD
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
07 Fünfzehn Variationen mit einer Fuge Es-Dur, Op.35
(‘Eroica’ Variations)
21:45 $ 4.67 USD
  Album total 73:35
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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