Beethoven, Sviatoslav Richter –. Label: Philips – 422 416-1. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, digital. Country: Netherlands. L. Van Beethoven, Sviatoslav Richter - 33 Variations On A Waltz By A. Diabelli, Op. 120 (LP).
The catalyst for Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which was to be one of his last and by far the longest works for solo piano, was the request of contemporary composer and publisher Anton Diabelli, who invited 50 leading composers to submit variation sets on one of his waltzes. Beethoven, who was a master of theme and variation, made easy work of this task. Despite submissions by other equally famous composers (including Schubert and Liszt), Beethoven's work clearly stood out above the rest. Few pianists have been as consistent and uniform in their interpretation of Beethoven as Sviatoslav Richter. His approach is unshakably clean and unsullied by over-romanticized and over-pedaled styles. This recording of the Diabelli Variations is no different; Richter is quite true to the score and is able to make splendid and abrupt changes in character with no apparent effort.
Beethoven, Sviatoslav Richter - (CD, Album). A10 00711 004. Van Beethoven, Sviatoslav Richter.
The 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, is a set of variations for the piano written between 1819 and 1823 by Ludwig van Beethoven on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli. It is often considered to be one of the greatest sets of variations for keyboard along with J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. The music writer Donald Tovey called it "the greatest set of variations ever written"
Richter didn't perform Beethoven's monumental 'Diabelli Variations' and 'Hammerklavier' sonata until quite late in his career; the very well recorded Prague concert recordings presented here are fully the equal of any released on other labels. Likewise, the performance of Brahms's First Piano Sonata (which exists in several Richter versions)is truly first-rate.
120, "Diabelli Variations" (classical music album) - Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (classicalarchives. CD 1. Ludwig van Beethoven Composer. 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli ('Diabelli Variations'), O. 20 Work. Sviatoslav Richter Piano.
CreditsRupert Fäustle - A&R
Boy Honing - Engineer, Producer
Sviatoslav Richter - Piano, Primary Artist
Paul Wiggers - Design
|Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120|
|1||Tema: Vivace / 1. Alla marcia maestoso||Sviatoslav Richter||1:41|
|2||2. Poco allegro||Sviatoslav Richter||1:22|
|3||3. L'istesso tempo||Sviatoslav Richter||0:55|
|4||4. Un poco più vivace||Sviatoslav Richter||1:31|
|5||5. Allegro vivace||Sviatoslav Richter||1:43|
|6||6. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso||Sviatoslav Richter||2:09|
|7||7. Un poco più allegro||Sviatoslav Richter||1:00|
|8||8. Poco vivace||Sviatoslav Richter||2:57|
|9||9. Allegro pesante e risoluto||Sviatoslav Richter||0:36|
|10||10. Presto||Sviatoslav Richter||0:34|
|11||11. Allegretto||Sviatoslav Richter||0:36|
|12||12. Un poco più moto||Sviatoslav Richter||0:52|
|13||13. Vivace||Sviatoslav Richter||0:38|
|14||14. Grave e maestoso||Sviatoslav Richter||0:34|
|15||15. Presto scherzando||Sviatoslav Richter||1:54|
|16||16. Allegro||Sviatoslav Richter||3:11|
|17||17. -||Sviatoslav Richter||0:47|
|18||18. Poco moderato||Sviatoslav Richter||0:34|
|19||19. Presto||Sviatoslav Richter||0:48|
|20||20. Andante||Sviatoslav Richter||0:42|
|21||21. Allegro con brio - Meno allegro||Sviatoslav Richter||0:39|
|22||22. Allegro molto (alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart)||Sviatoslav Richter||0:49|
|23||23. Allegro assai||Sviatoslav Richter||0:34|
|24||24. Fughetta (Andante)||Sviatoslav Richter||0:35|
|25||25. Allegro||Sviatoslav Richter||0:48|
|26||26. -||Sviatoslav Richter||0:41|
|27||27. Vivace||Sviatoslav Richter||0:38|
|28||28. Allegro||Sviatoslav Richter||0:43|
|29||29. Adagio ma non troppo||Sviatoslav Richter||0:42|
|30||30. Andante sempre cantabile||Sviatoslav Richter||0:38|
|31||31. Largo, molto espressivo||Sviatoslav Richter||1:14|
|32||32. Fuga (Allegro - Poco adagio)||Sviatoslav Richter||4:54|
|33||33. Tempo di minuetto moderato||Sviatoslav Richter||4:28|