As is his custom, Andreas Staier has gone back to the original manuscript of one of the most famous sets of variations in history: Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. But he has not restricted his work to recording the magnum opus, since the CD begins with a selection of the variations written by some of the other 50 composers Diabelli asked to take part in his project. Here you can discover the very first stirrings of Liszt’s virtuosity (aged eleven!), the music of Mozart’s son, the unexpected variations of Kreutzer and Kalkbrenner, and the Diabelli Variation of a certain Franz Schubert. A thrilling musical investigation!
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