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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B000E8N7PI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Tema (Vivace) - Variation I (Alla marcia maestoso) 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation VI (Allegro ma non troppo e serioso) 1:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation VII (Un poco più allegro) 1:05£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation VIII (Poco Vivace) 1:36£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation IX (Allegro pesante e risoluto) 1:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation X (Presto)0:37£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XI (Allegretto) 1:08£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XII (Un poco più moto)0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation XIII (Vivace) 1:06£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XIV (Grave e maestoso) 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XV (Presto scherzando)0:35£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XVI (Allegro) 1:02£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation XVII 1:02£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation XVIII (Poco Moderato) 1:28£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XIX (Presto)0:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XX (Andante) 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XXI (Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I) 1:06£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxii (Allegro Molto): Alla "Notte E Giorno Faticar" Di Mozart0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxiii (Allegro Assai)0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxiv: Fughetta (Andante) 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XXV (Allegro)0:47£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxvi 1:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxvii (Vivace)0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxviii (Allegro)0:52£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxix (Adagio Ma Non Troppo) 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli - Variation XXX (Andante, sempre cantabile) 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxxi (Largo, Molto Espressivo) 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxxii: Fuga (Allegro - Poco Adagio) 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Beethoven: 33 Piano Variations In C, Op.120 On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli - Variation Xxxiii (Tempo Di Minuetto Moderato, Ma Non Tirarsi Dietro) 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved Richter's towering account on M&A (sadly out of print now), but this warmly expressive account by Kovacevich was a revelation to me. There are many extraordinary recordings of the work, but most of them sounds too laboured and self-concious, taking this music as a sort of huge mountain to climb, that is tiring to listen to.

Kovacevich's account, on the other hand, is very sincere and wonderfully fresh, letting the music speak most eloquently and also bringing Schubertian lyricism in slow variations. Technically he is solid like a rock, and in some variations he surpasses even Richter, not to mention Pollini and Sokolov. This is a pianism of true maturity and stature no serious collector could miss.

Stereo sound is surprisingly realistic and fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2012
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The Viennese publisher commissioned just about every contemporary composer he could think of (including Schubert and Liszt) to write a variation of a waltz tune that he had written so that he could publish a compendium of different styles. Beethoven went overboard and wrote 33 variations in 1821.

This is mature 3rd Period Beethoven, in which the composer's deafness had turned him inward and his music became more formally innovative and emotionally intense. It is often more demanding on the listener's concentration. However, I did not have any such difficulty in listening to these variations. There is introspection but there is also great varieties of style and wit. One such movement quotes Mozart's Don Giovanni at one point.

I don't have any other recordings of this work but having listened to Stephen Kovacevich's recording a couple of times, I am very happy with this this. He is a brilliant and inventive pianist and I think anyone would be more than happy with this recording.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
"The greatest of all piano works" 1 Dec 2008
By WHM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...according to Alfred Brendel in one of his essays (Alfred Brendel on Music: Collected Essays). Many will agree that Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are one of the foremost compositions for the piano.

In 1821, Anton Diabelli (a Viennese music publisher) approached all the composers he could think of and asked them each to contribute a variation on a Waltz theme of his composition. Diabelli collected nearly 50 names, among them Czerny, Hummel, Liszt (then a 10-year old boy), Schubert and Beethoven. What Diabelli could hardly have conceived: he provoked from Beethoven not one variation but 33. The result? An absolute high point of Beethoven's art. A fantastic demonstration of pure creativity and invention, considering that Beethoven used a rather trivial C major theme as starting material.

The work is, in a sense, a big joke at the expense of the poor Diabelli; enormously diverse and full of humor. Var. 16 is remarkably jazzy and reminiscent of the "boogie-woogie variation" of the Op. 111 piano sonata (Beethoven always had a deep interest in the variation form). But after Var. 28, the work moves suddenly into a dark C minor world. The following three variations (Adagio, Andante and Largo) are of increasing beauty and sadness. These are among my favorites. At the end of Var. 31, the music launches into a fugue of great dynamic power, followed by a Minuet of perfect simplicity and a heavenly coda. For those who want to know more about the Diabelli Variations, I recommend a visit to Wikipedia [Diabelli_Variations]; a very informative and helpful source, particularly if you can read music!

I'm really surprised to find no commentary here on the legendary recording by Stephen Kovacevich, for this reissue is one of the classic and finest interpretations of the Diabelli. It is a convincing performance of great clarity and vitality (five stars for its time). The remastered sound is very good. Kovacevich, now in his late sixties, was a pupil of Dame Myra Hess and is one of the great Beethoven interpreters (he recorded the complete sonatas). His stage debut (London, 1961) was with the Diabelli Variations, which immediately established him in the top rank.

When it comes to the Diabelli, one version can never be enough. A considerable challenge to Kovacevich is Gregory Sokolov. Sokolov's live recording is more idiosyncratic, but comparably fine, very intense and expressive (available from amazon.com.UK). Highly recommended! I also have Serkin and Brendel (his 1988 version) on the shelf, but their renditions are more literal and less lyrical than those by Kovacevich and Sokolov.

*UPDATE: Kovacevich's return to the Diabelli Variations after some 40 years has been released by Onyx in January 2009 (Beethoven: Diabelli Variations). I regret to say it's a somewhat disappointing performance.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent recording 14 Aug 2009
By Richard Steiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has been celebrated since it was first released in 1968, but this is my first encounter with it. It lives up to every expectation. I enjoyed Pollini's recent account, but this one is far superior. Stephen Kovacevich finds the central core of every variation. My only very slight disappointment is in the great Variation number 31, where Kovacevich seems a bit pallid, but everything else is magnificent. What I want to emphasize here is the recorded sound, which is simply superb--full of color and impact. The sound is as good as it gets on a piano recording. BTW, anyone notice that the pianist did the same thing with his name that John Mellencamp did with his? The rocker went from John Cougar to John Cougar Mellencamp to John Mellencamp. The pianist went from Stephen Bishop to Stephen Bishop Kovacevich to Stephen Kovacevich. I wonder if either has ever heard of the other.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Kovacevich's Beethoven doesn't disappoint 17 Mar 2009
By J. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always considered Stephen Kovacevich to be a remarkable Beethoven player, whether it was the concertos or sonatas. This rendering of the Diabelli Variations is no exception. Aside from Schnabel's 1937 and Arrau's 1952 accounts (with inferior sound), this is surely a top choice. I also like Brendel's live 1976 and Sokolov's, but this one by Kovacevich is the one I return to most often. Great remastered sound.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Diabelli with a difference 9 April 2009
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved Richter's towering account on M&A (sadly out of print now), but this warmly expressive account by Kovacevich was a revelation to me. There are many extraordinary recordings of the work, but most of them sounds too laboured and self-concious, taking this music as a sort of huge mountain to climb, that is tiring to listen to.

Kovacevich's account, on the other hand, is very sincere and wonderfully fresh, letting the music speak most eloquently and also bringing Schubertian lyricism in slow variations. Technically he is solid like a rock, and in some variations he surpasses even Richter, not to mention Pollini and Sokolov. This is a pianism of true maturity and stature no serious collector could miss.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
assertive playing from a young Kovacevich 6 July 2011
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While Kovacevich's reading of the Diabelli Variations is very well organized, and his technical fluency and youthful exuberance are impressive, his account left me somewhat unsatisfied when compared to Serkin or Brendel. Kovacevich maintains an assertive stance from the opening variation right through to the close and while there's no denying that his playing generates excitement, it also lacks some degree of subtlety.

Serkin's 1957 recording (Beethoven: Diabelli, Variation; Bagatelles, Op. 119; Fantasy, Op. 77) is regarded as a classic, a reputation that's well-deserved. There's a measure of creative imagination and variety to the elder pianist's playing that's missing from Kovacevich's straightforward attack.

The Diabelli was a long time favorite of Brendel, who has several recorded accounts available. My reference points are his 1988 digital studio recording (Beethoven: Diabelli Variations) and a recital reading from 2001 (Alfred Brendel in Recital: Live and Radio Performances, 1968-2001), both of which are among the finest Beethoven I've heard from him.

It's difficult to assign a star rating to a recording like this. I can see why listeners might be drawn to Kovacevich's extroverted Diabelli - especially as this is not necessarily an easy work to embrace (or perform) - and while I believe listeners would ultimately be better served by Serkin or Brendel, I'm still assigning four stars based on Kovacevich's contagious enthusiasm and remarkable pianism.
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