Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

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Catalogue No: ZDA 50502
EAN/UPC: 809730050206
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Release Date: March 2017
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 61:14

Beethoven’s Opus 120, the 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, is an extraordinary and great work: in many ways ahead of its time, it is exceptionally complex but always accessible. The imagination Beethoven applies to Diabelli’s theme – itself ‘rich in solid musical facts’ (Tovey) – leads to a wealth of original structures and ideas. Incomprehensible as late Beethoven was to many, Diabelli himself recognized its genius and advertised the work as a ‘great and important masterpiece’.

Diana Boyle is a fine pianist who records little but prepares each recording with years of thought, consideration and meditation on the music. Her interpretations are individual and thought-provoking, often delicate, not always conforming to the norm which pianists of lesser talent will follow, but looking to breathe new life and spirit into classic masterpieces.

Like all of Boyle’s work this is a very carefully prepared and well crafted performance, an excellent addition to the library of recordings of this work.

Track Listing

    Ludwig van Beethoven:

  1. I. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − I. Theme (1:07)
  2. II. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − II. Variation 1 (1:37)
  3. III. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − III. Variation 2 (1:00)
  4. IV. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − IV. Variation 3 (1:33)
  5. V. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − V. Variation 4 (1:05)
  6. VI. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − VI. Variation 5 (1:00)
  7. VII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − VII. Variation 6 (1:46)
  8. VIII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − VIII. Variation 7 (1:11)
  9. IX. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − IX. Variation 8 (1:16)
  10. X. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − X. Variation 9 (2:06)
  11. XI. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XI. Variation 10 (0:40)
  12. XII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XII. Variation 11 (1:07)
  13. XIII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XIII. Variation 12 (1:00)
  14. XIV. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XIV. Variation 13 (1:20)
  15. XV. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XV. Variation 14 (6:19)
  16. XVI. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XVI. Variation 15 (0:36)
  17. XVII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XVII. Variation 16 (1:06)
  18. XVIII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XVIII. Variation 17 (1:08)
  19. XIX. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XIX. Variation 18 (1:53)
  20. XX. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XX. Variation 19 (1:01)
  21. XXI. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXI. Variation 20 (2:40)
  22. XXII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXII. Variation 21 (1:33)
  23. XXIII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXIII. Variation 22 (0:47)
  24. XXIV. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXIV. Variation 23 (0:56)
  25. XXV. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXV. Variation 24 (3:42)
  26. XXVI. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXVI. Variation 25 (0:49)
  27. XXVII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXVII. Variation 26 (1:13)
  28. XXVIII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXVIII. Variation 27 (1:08)
  29. XXIX. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXIX. Variation 28 (1:09)
  30. XXX. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXX. Variation 29 (1:41)
  31. XXXI. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXXI. Variation 30 (2:27)
  32. XXXII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXXII. Variation 31 (5:09)
  33. XXXIII. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXXIII. Variation 32 (3:44)
  34. XXXIV. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 − XXXIV. Variation 33 (4:09)