Beethoven: Piano Variations, Bagatelles

Beethoven: Piano Variations, Bagatelles
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Artist Alfred Brendel piano
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 93183
EAN code 5028421931838
Release April 2006

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A truly historic document: some 40 years ago Alfred Brendel recorded Beethoven’s Bagatellen and Piano variations. Here the eminent pianist already showed his idiosyncratic self. Some people consider his playing dull; others find it refreshingly analytical.

This set contains no less than 5 CD’s on which the legendary pianist performs the numerous sets of variations like the ‘Diabelli’ and lesser known cycles such as the Variations on Salieri’s Air “La stesa la stesissima” Beethoven composed. This in addition to the complete Bagatelles and some other short pieces including for instance the 6 Ecossaises WoO 83, the Polonaise opus 89 and the Andante favori.

Brendel and Beethoven lovers alike will (re)discover many enjoyable gems.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 15 Variations On A Theme From "Prometheus", Op. 35 in E Flat Major "Eroica"
  2. Sonata No. 20 in G Major Op. 49/2: Allegro Non Troppo
  3. Sonata No. 20 in G Major Op. 49/2: Tempo Di Menuetto
  4. 5 Variations On "Rule Brittannia" in D Major WoO 79
  5. 7 Variations On "God Save The King" in C Major WoO 78
  6. 12 Variations On A Russian Dance From Wranitsky's Ballet "Das Waldmädchen" in A Major WoO 71
  7. 6 Variations On An Original Theme in F Major Op. 34
  8. 6 Variations On A Theme From "Ruins Of Athens" in D Major Op. 76

Disk 2

  1. 32 Variations On An Original Theme in C Minor WoO 80
  2. 7 Variations From Winter's Opera "Das Unterbrochene Opferfest" in F Major WoO 75
  3. 24 Variations On Righini's Air "Venni Amore" in D Major WoO 65
  4. 6 Variations On The Duet From Paisello's "La Molinara" in G Major WoO 70
  5. 8 Variations On Süssmayr's Theme "Tändeln Und Scherzen" in F Major WoO 76
  6. 13 Variations On Dittersdorf's Air "Es War Einmal Ein Alter Mann" in A Major WoO 66
  7. 10 Variations On Salieri's Air "La Stessa, La Stessissima" in B-Flat Major WoO 73

Disk 3

  1. 6 Easy Variations On A Swiss Air in F Major WoO 64
  2. 9 Variations On Paisello's Air "Quant'è Più Bello" in A Major WoO 69
  3. 6 Variations On An Original Theme in G Major WoO 77
  4. 8 Variations On Grétry's Air "Un Fièvre Brûlante" in C Major WoO 72
  5. Rondo in G Major Op. 51 No. 2
  6. Allegretto in C Minor WoO 53
  7. 6 Ecossaises WoO 83
  8. Bagatelle in A Minor WoO 59 "Für Elise"
  9. Polonaise in C Major Op. 89

Disk 4

  1. Variation On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120 : Theme
  2. Variation No. 1 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Alla Marcia
  3. Variation No. 2 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Poco Allegro
  4. Variation No. 3 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: L'istesso Tempo
  5. Variation No. 4 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Un Poco Piu vivace
  6. Variation No. 5 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro vivace
  7. Variation No. 6 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  8. Variation No. 7 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Poco Più Allegro
  9. Variation No. 8 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Poco vivace
  10. Variation No. 9 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro Pesante
  11. Variation No. 10 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Presto
  12. Variation No. 11 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegretto
  13. Variation No. 12 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Poco Più Mosso
  14. Variation No. 13 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: vivace
  15. Variation No. 14 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Grave
  16. Variation No. 15 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Presto Scherzando
  17. Variation No. 16 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro
  18. Variation No. 17 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Variation
  19. Variation No. 18 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Moderato
  20. Variation No. 19 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Presto
  21. Variation No. 20 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Andante
  22. Variation No. 21 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro Con Brio
  23. Variation No. 22 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Molto Allegro
  24. Variation No. 23 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Assai Allegro
  25. Variation No. 24 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Fughetta
  26. Variation No. 25 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro
  27. Variation No. 26 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Variation
  28. Variation No. 27 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: vivace
  29. Variation No. 28 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Allegro
  30. Variation No. 29 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Adagio Ma Non Troppo
  31. Variation No. 30 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Andante Sempre
  32. Variation No. 31 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Largo
  33. Variation No. 32 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120: Fuga, Allegro
  34. Variation No. 33 On A Waltz By Diabelli in C Major Op. 120:Tempo Di Menuetto
  35. Bagatelle No. 1 Op. 119: Allegretto in G Major
  36. Bagatelle No. 2 Op. 119: Andante Con Moto in C Major
  37. Bagatelle No. 3 Op. 119: Allemande in D Major
  38. Bagatelle No. 4 Op. 119: Andante Cantabile in A Major
  39. Bagatelle No. 5 Op. 119: Risoluto in C Minor
  40. Bagatelle No. 6 Op. 119: Andante in G Major
  41. Bagatelle No. 7 Op. 119: Allegro Ma Non Troppo in C Major
  42. Bagatelle No. 8 Op. 119: Moderato Cantabile in C Major
  43. Bagatelle No. 9 Op. 119: vivace Moderato in A Minor
  44. Bagatelle No. 10 Op. 119: Allegramente in A Major
  45. Bagatelle No. 11 Op. 119: Andante Ma Non Troppo in B Flat Major

Disk 5

  1. Bagatelle No. 1 Op. 126: Andante in G Major
  2. Bagatelle No. 2 Op. 126: Allegro in G Minor
  3. Bagatelle No. 3 Op. 126: Andante in E Flat Major
  4. Bagatelle No. 4 Op. 126: Presto in B Minor
  5. Bagatelle No. 5 Op. 126: Quasi Allegretto in G Major
  6. Bagatelle No. 6 Op. 126: Presto-andante in E Flat Major
  7. Rondo A Capriccio in G Major Op. 129
  8. Rondo in C Major Op. 51 No. 1
  9. Bagatelle No. 1 Op. 33: Andante, Quasi Allegretto in E Flat Major
  10. Bagatelle No. 2 Op. 33: Scherzo, Allegro in C Major
  11. Bagatelle No. 3 Op. 33: Allegretto in F Major
  12. Bagatelle No. 4 Op. 33: Andante in A Major
  13. Bagatelle No. 5 Op. 33: Allegro Ma Non Troppo in C Major
  14. Bagatelle No. 6 Op. 33: Allegretto in C Major
  15. Bagatelle No. 7 Op. 33: Presto in D Major
  16. Andante Favori in F Major WoO 57
  17. Ziemlich Lebhaft in B Flat Major WoO 60