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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 12 (Brautigam) - Variations, WoO 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 12 (Brautigam) - Variations, WoO 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Ronald Brautigam

Soloist

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 63:57
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 12 (Brautigam) - Variations, WoO 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70

     
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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

     
1 

9 Variations on a March by Dressler, WoO 63

6:13
     
2 

6 Variations on a Swiss Song, WoO 64

2:22
     
3 

24 Variations in D major on Righini's Arietta Venni amore, WoO 65

20:31
     
4 

13 Variations on the Arietta Es war einmal ein alter Mann from Dittersdorf's Das rothe Kappchen, WoO 66

11:58
     
5 

12 Variations on the Menuet a la Vigano from Haibel's Le nozze disturbate, WoO 68

12:32
     
6 

9 Variations in A major on the Aria Quant' e piu bello from Paisiello's La molinara, WoO 69

5:02
     
7 

6 Variations in G major on the Duet Nel cor piu non mi sento from La molinara, WoO 70

5:19
     
 Ronald Brautigam Soloist


In March 1783, the readers of Cramer’s Magazin der Musik could read about a certain ‘Louis van Betthoven’, a ‘boy of most promising talent’, whose first published work was being advertised as ’nine variations for the pianoforte, written by him on a march, engraved at Mannheim.’ The piece in question was the Dressler Variations, WoO 63, and it marked not only the beginning of an illustrious career, but also the start of Ludwig van Beethoven’s lifelong involvement with variation form, culminating almost forty years later in the monumental Diabelli Variations for solo piano, and – in another field – the third movement of his Ninth symphony. In comparison, WoO 63 and the other works included here are certainly less heavy-weight, even if the so-called Venni Amore Variations, WoO 65, has a duration of more than 20 minutes, and in spite of its early date (1790/91) points forward to a much later period in Beethoven’s œuvre. The final set of variations on the disc, the Six variations on Nel cor più non mi sento, WoO 70 were composed in 1795, around the same time as the three piano sonatas Op.2. In this series, Ronald Brautigam has previously recorded early sonatas and sonatinas from the same period as the present works, a disc described by the reviewer on German web site Klassik Heute as ‘providing a touching illustration of those times when the great Beethoven was simply young Ludwig’ through playing which is ‘simultaneously committed to the utmost purity of style and imbued with an immense musical exuberance’. As on the previous instalment in the series, Brautigam has chosen to perform these early variations on a fortepiano after a Walter & Sohn instrument from c.1805.

                    *****

Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - November 2012


"...As on the previous releases in this series, Brautigam has chosen to perform these early variations on a fortepiano after a Walter & Sohn instrument from c.1805, beautifully recorded as usual by the BIS team. This instrument has a light tone and touch but is by no means limited in terms of dynamic range, and Ronald Brautigam performs even the least inspiring of these works with a conviction and musicality which makes you believe in their worth. In its own right this is more than a mere set of curiosities, and especially the Venni Amore variations are very impressive. As part of the series this release is indispensable."
 
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb-International.com - 13 August 2012


Interpretation *****      Sound ****      Repertoire ****

Rafael Sala - Piano News - September/October 2012




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