Andreas Staier – Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (2012) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Andreas Staier – Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:07:09 minutes | 549 MB | Genre: Classical
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In 1819, music publisher and composer Anton Diabelli sent a waltz of his own creation to all the important composers of the Austrian Empire, asking each of them to write a variation on it. His plan was to publish the variations in a patriotic volume called Vaterlandischer Kunstlerverein and to use the profits to benefit orphans and widows of the Napoleonic Wars. Beethoven chose to write not just a single variation, but a set of thirty-three. His audacious submission, the Diabelli Variations, has since become one of the most revered examples of the genre. On this fascinating disc, pianist Andreas Staier, playing a fortepiano after Conrad Graf, pairs Beethoven s magnum opus with a selection of the other works based upon Diabelli s waltz. Here you can discover the very first stirrings of Liszt s virtuosity (aged eleven), the music of Mozart s son, variations by Kreutzer, Kalkbrenner and even the great Franz Schubert. This fascinating album sheds welcome new light on both the music and the milieu of Beethoven s timeless masterpiece.

Andreas Staier has packed not one but two revelations into his extraordinarily great new recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. The more astonishing one is his performance of the work itself, which unveils depths of wit, emotion, color and imagination in the piece that most performers scarcely hint at. -San Francisco Chronicle

Andreas Staier prefaces Beethoven’s monumental Variations with 11 miniatures. Staier’s fortepiano is deliciously transparent, his musicianship revelatory. -The Independent

A stunning new recording. -Classics FM

Tracklist

01. Anton Diabelli (1781-1858) | Thema 0’54
02. Carl Czerny (1791-1857) | Var. IV 1’06
03. Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) | Var. XVI 1’11
04. Friedrich [Wilhelm Michael] Kalkbrenner (1785-1849) | Var. XVIII 1’05
05. Joseph Kerzkowsky (1791-?) | Var. XX 1’07
06. Conradin Kreutzer (1780-1849) | Var. XXI 1’03
07. Franz Liszt (1811-1886) | Var. XXIV 0’59
08. Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870) | Var. XXVI 0’59
09. Johann Peter Pixis (1788-1874) | Var. XXXI 1’30
10. Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (1791-1844) | Var. XXVIII 1’17
11. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) | Var. XXXVIII 1’36
12. Andreas Staier | Introduction 3’20

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
“33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli” (Wien, 1823)
13. Thema. Vivace 0’50
14. Var. I. Alla Marcia maestoso 1’49
15. Var. II. Poco allegro 0’49
16. Var. III. L’istesso tempo 1’14
17. Var. IV. Un poco più vivace 1’03
18. Var. V. Allegro vivace 0’58
19. Var. VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso 1’35
20. Var. VII. Un poco più allegro 1’10
21. Var. VIII. Poco vivace 1’38
22. Var. IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto 1’46
23. Var. X. Presto 0’36
24. Var. XI. Allegretto 0’58
25. Var. XII. Un poco più moto 0’44
26. Var. XIII. Vivace 1’07
27. Var. XIV. Grave e maestoso 3’31
28. Var. XV. Presto scherzando 0’33
29. Var. XVI. Allegro 0’57
30. Var. XVII. 0’59
31. Var. XVIII. Poco moderato 1’07
32. Var. XIX. Presto 0’56
33. Var. XX. Andante 2’33
34. Var. XXI. Allegro con brio – Meno allegro 1’06
35. Var. XXII. Allegro molto 0’48
36. Var. XXIII. Allegro assai 0’56
37. Var. XXIV. Fughetta. Andante 2’50
38. Var. XXV. Allegro 0’53
39. Var. XXVI. 1’03
40. Var. XXVII. Vivace 0’56
41. Var. XXVIII. Allegro 1’04
42. Var. XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo 1’14
43. Var. XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile 2’14
44. Var. XXXI. Largo molto, espressivo 3’56
45. Var. XXXII. Fuga. Allegro – Poco adagio 3’06
46. Var. XXXIII. Tempo di Menuetto moderato 4’03

Personnel:
Andreas Staier (fortepiano after Conrad Graf)

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