Brahms: Complete Variations

Brahms: Complete Variations
Composer Johannes Brahms
Artist Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92512
EAN code 5028421925127
Release April 2006

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Being a talented pianist Brahms often improvised on the instrument. From the extensive body of works written for the piano by Brahms, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy has chosen all five sets of variations. This music shows the composer in all his different appearances: from simple lines and texture to almost bombastic bravura. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy is one of the leading pianists of his generation. At university he passed all his examinations with highest distinction and since he was a child he has been winning an impressing amount of top-prizes in international piano competitions throughout the world. He constantly expands his worldwide concert activity.

During his studies he was awarded highest prizes, eg. in the Walter Gieseking Competition (1987), the International Piano Competition Carlo Soliva (1988), the European Music Competition Torino (1991), the International Piano Competition Sergej Rachmaninoff (1993), the International Piano Competition Mazara del Vallo (1994) and the International Piano Competition Pietrà Ligure (1998). Furthermore he has twice been awarded the culture prize of the municipality Schwalbach (1987/1989), the “fine arts-scholarship” of the federal state Saarland (1994) and the culture prize of the district Saarlouis (1997).

In addition he has performed in renowned concert halls and on the occasion of international festivals, eg. the Philharmonia Berlin, the Philharmonia St Petersburg, the “Berlin Festwochen”, “White Nights” St Petersburg, the “Internationale Musiktage im Dom zu Speyer”, the Musikfestspiele Saar, the “Mozartfest Schwetzingen”, the “Moselfestspiele”, “Kultursommer Südhessen”, “Alexandria Opera House” and “Manasterly Palace Kairo” (Egypt), “Philharmonic Hall Poznan” (Poland), the “International Mozart Festival Romania”, the “East-West-Festival Poland”, the Saarbrücken congress Hall, the Mettlach chamber music festival, the “International Piano Festival Malaysia”, the Stuttgart Marmorsaal, “Sylt in concert”, the Musiksommer Chorin, in Bayreuth, the Opusfest (Philippines) and additionally an impressive number of international engagements such as concerts in France, Austria, Switzerland, Finnland (Kemiö Festival), Slovenia (RTV Symphony Orchestra Slovenia), Jordania, Luxemburg, Romania, Philippines (CCP Manila), Italy (Amiata Piano Festival, Festivals in Venezia, Cagliari, Nora, Nuoro, Merano, Bolzano, Siracusa, Iglesias)

In his playing Schmitt manages to unravel complex structures without destroying them. His performances are attractively light and transparent with a wide range of colours.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Thema’ Non troppo presto
  2. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var I
  3. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var II
  4. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var III
  5. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var IV
  6. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var V: Espressivo/Molto leggiero
  7. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var VI: Molto leggiero
  8. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var VII
  9. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var VIII: Staccato
  10. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var IX: Legato
  11. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var X: Sotto voce
  12. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var XI: Andante, molto legato e dolce, espressivo
  13. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var XII: Molto dolce
  14. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var XIII: Vivace e scherzando
  15. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book I, (1862-63): Var XIV: Ben marcato, con fuoco-Presto, ma non troppo
  16. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Thema: Non troppo presto
  17. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var I
  18. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var II: Poco animato, poco forte espressivo, legato
  19. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var III: Leggiero, espressivo
  20. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var IV: Poco Allegretto, con grazia
  21. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var V: Dolce
  22. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var VI: Poco più vivace, leggiero
  23. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var VII: Leggiero e ben marcato
  24. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var VIII: Allegro, leggiero, quasi pizzicato
  25. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var IX
  26. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var X: Feroce, energico
  27. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var XI: Vivace, non legato e scherzando
  28. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var XII: Un poco Andante, dolce espressivo
  29. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var XIII: Un poco più Andante, poco espressivo
  30. Variations on a theme of Paganini in A Minor Studies, Op. 35, Book II: Var XIV: Presto, ma non troppo, scherzando
  31. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Aria: Rhythmisch, mit Humor
  32. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var I: L’Istesso tempo
  33. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var II: Con espressione
  34. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var III: Grazioso
  35. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var IV: Risoluto, con fuoco, staccato
  36. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var V: Affetuoso, espressivo
  37. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var VI: Sordo, e legato
  38. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var VII: Con vivacita
  39. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var VIII: Martellato/Distinto, non legato
  40. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var IX: Poco sostenuto, legato
  41. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var X: Energico
  42. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XI: Lusingando, contenerezza, dolce, legato
  43. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XII: L’Istesso tempo, semplice, soave, legato
  44. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XIII: Largamente, ma non più, espressivo
  45. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XIV: Vivace, sciolto
  46. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XV: L’Istesso tempo
  47. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XVI: Scherzando
  48. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XVII: Più mosso, semplice
  49. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XVIII: Grazioso
  50. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XIX: Leggiero e vivace, alla Siciliana
  51. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XX: Andante espressivo, legato
  52. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XXI: Allegretto vivace, dolce/leggiero
  53. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XXII: Alla Musette
  54. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XXIII: Vivace, sospetto, vivace e staccato
  55. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XXIV: L’Istesso tempo, tumultuoso, feroce
  56. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Var XXV: Poco più lento, festivo, fieramente, con tutta forza
  57. Variations and Fugue on a theme of Handel in B-Flat Major, Op. 24 (1861): Fuga: Allegro sostenuto efermo

Disk 2

  1. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Thema: Poco larghetto, poco forte, molto espressivo e legato
  2. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var I: Molto piano e legato
  3. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var II: Più moto, espressivo
  4. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var III: Dolce
  5. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var IV: [Poco più lento] Dolce
  6. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var V: Tempo di tema, Canone in moto contrario, molto dolce, teneramente
  7. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var VI: Più moto, espressivo, legato
  8. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var VII: Andante con moto, dolce
  9. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var VIII: Allegro non troppo
  10. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var IX
  11. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var X: Espressivo agitato
  12. Variations on an original theme in D Major, Op. 21 No. 1, (1856-57): Var XI: Tempo di tema, poco più lento, dolce
  13. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Allegro
  14. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var I
  15. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var II
  16. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var III
  17. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var IV
  18. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var V: Con espressione
  19. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var VI
  20. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var VII: Poco più lento, dolce espressivo/quasi pizzicato
  21. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var VIII: [Ancora un poco più lento] Espressivo, dolce
  22. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var IX: Dolce
  23. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var X: Legato, dolce
  24. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var XI: Dolce
  25. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var XII: Espressivo
  26. Variations on a Hungarian Song in D Major, Op. 21 No. 2 (c 1853-54): Var XIII: Con forza - Allegro (il doppio Movimento) - Tempo I più animato
  27. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Thema: Ziemlich langsam
  28. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var I
  29. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var II: Poco più moto, espressivo/staccato e leggiero
  30. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var III: Tempo di tema
  31. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var IV: Poco più moto, espressivo/leggiero
  32. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var V: Allegro capriccioso
  33. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var VI: Allegro
  34. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var VII: Andante
  35. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var VIII: Andante (non troppo lento), espressivo
  36. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var IX: Schnell
  37. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var X: Poco Adagio, espressivo dolce
  38. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var XI: Un poco più animato, sempre pianissimo dolcissimo
  39. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var XII: Allegretto, poco scherzando, staccato e leggiero
  40. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var XIII: Non troppo Presto, molto leggiero
  41. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var XIV: Andante, expressivo/staccato e leggiero
  42. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var XV: Poco Adagio, espressivo
  43. Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9 (1854): Var XVI: Adagio