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Brendel · Beethoven: Diabelli Variations (1/4)

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Published on Sep 29, 2010

Beethoven - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120

Alfred Brendel on the Diabelli Variations:
"The greatest of all piano works."

"The theme has ceased to reign over its unruly offspring. Rather, the variations decide what the theme may have to offer them. Instead of being confirmed, adorned and glorified, it is improved, parodied, ridiculed, disclaimed, transfigured, mourned, stamped out and finally uplifted."

"Beethoven's first biographer, Anton Schindler, says—and for once I am inclined to believe him—that the composition of this work 'amused Beethoven to a rare degree', that it was written 'in a rosy mood', and that it was 'bubbling with unusual humour', disproving the belief that Beethoven spent his late years in complete gloom. According to Wilhelm von Lenz, one of the most perceptive early commentators on Beethoven's music, Beethoven here shines as the 'most thoroughly initiated high priest of humour'; he calls the variations 'a satire on their theme."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabelli...

Thema: Vivace
1. Alla Marcia maestoso - 0:55
2. Poco Allegro - 2:48
3. L'istesso tempo - 3:36
4. Un poco più vivace - 4:58
5. Allegro vivace - 5:56
6. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso - 6:50
7. Un poco più allegro - 8:30
8. Poco vivace - 9:50
9. Allegro pesante e risoluto - 11:16
10. Presto - 13:01
11. Allegretto - 13:40

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