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Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen

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  • Performer: Andras Schiff
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ECM NEW SERIES
  • ASIN: B00DHG1Y0O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are considered a magnum opus of the piano repertoire, a towering contribution to the genre and an entire encyclopaedia of pianism. Following his monumental exploration of the 32 Sonatas, András Schiff has recorded - on two period instruments - remarkable, contrasting versions of the Diabelli Variations alongside major late works with intrinsic ties to them.

The Sonata Op. 111 and the Diabelli Variations (CD 1) are played on an original Bechstein grand from 1921, and the second reading of the Diabelli Variations (paired with the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 on CD 2) on a Hammerflügel fortepiano from Beethoven's own day. This gives listeners a unique opportunity to compare the rich range of these highly contrasting sonic universes, a world apart from modern day instruments. The first is a studio recording from Lugano in December 2012, while the fortepiano version was recorded at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn in July of the same year.

In his liner note András Schiff acknowledges the value of having been able to consult the previously unknown original manuscript of the Variations which provided invaluable insight into Beethoven's compositional process - with his penmanship and writing speed offering subtle hints as to crescendos, tempos and arcs of tension - and intentions.

Personnel: András Schiff (piano)

Review

'Both discs are enthralling...Balances and perspectives shift constantly within the music, and Schiff exploits the effects quite wonderfully...Schiff's account is revelatory.' -- The Guardian, (Andrew Clements), October 4, 2013 * * * * *


'The comparison is compelling...Beautiful, tender and pulverising, all at the same time.' -- The Scotsman, (Ken Walton), November 23, 2013 * * * * *


'Fascinating...the Diabelli Variations have never seemed so playfully filled with irony, comic pratfalls and the wild goose chase. Whatever instrument he uses, Schiff rewards the closet listening.' -- The Times, (Geoff Brown), November 1, 2013 * * * *


'Schiff's passion for this music, and his ability to communicate it, is apparent in every bar.' -- BBC Music Magazine, (Michael Turner), Christmas 2013 * * * *


'Schiff emphasises the music's lyricism and spontaneity, avoiding the customary furrowed-brow approach with a magical touch that imparts a Schubert-like flexibility to well-worn phrases.' -- Sinfini Music, (Julian Haylock), November 5, 2013 * * * *


'Schiff delights with insights and a feast of fine playing, excellently recorded; and his focus on the music never wavers...It's an impressive achievement.' -- Gramophone, (Stephen Plaistow), December 2013 (Gramophone Choice)


'Schiff experiments by twice giving beautifully shaped readings...Each instrument shines its distinctive light on this music. The Brodmann, despite its relative lack of power, offers the broader palette. The Bechstein projects with greater strength and a beguiling singing tone.' -- The Sunday Times, (Stephen Pettitt), October 6, 2013


'Schiff's Steinway performance is superbly entertaining - his Buster Keaton approach makes the jokes far subtler than they can be...The fortepiano performance on the second disc is yet more remarkable - subtly edgier, more extreme...Schiff's and Paul Griffith's notes are erudite and accessible.'

--The Arts Desk, (Graham Rickson), November 30, 2013


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