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Stephen Kovacevich

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Though it might seem odd to see Stephen Kovacevich's recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations on the Onyx label rather than EMI, the label that issued his recordings of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, it should not deter any listener from seeking it out. Kovacevich's Diabelli is every bit as recommendable as his sonata recordings. As always with Kovacevich, technical matters are never an issue, and the tone he elicits from his piano is as beautiful as ever. Kovacevich also possesses an uncanny sympathy for Beethoven's music, which leads him to turn up every emotional nuance and find full depth in each variation. Humor, pathos, serenity, fun, and despair all get their time in the sun. Coupled with a bright and buoyant reading of Bach's D major Partita (BWV 828), recorded in clear and colorful digital sound, and accompanied by lucid and insightful notes by scholar Joseph Kerman, this performance will surely please anyone who has heretofore enjoyed Kovacevich's way with Beethoven.
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Stephen Kovacevich

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1
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Tema: Vivace
00:00:45

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

2
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 1: Alla marcia maestoso
00:01:24

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

3
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 2: Poco allegro
00:00:40

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

4
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
00:01:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

5
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 4: Un poco più vivace
00:00:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

6
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 5: Allegro vivace
00:00:53

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

7
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
00:01:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

8
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 7: Un poco più allegro
00:01:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

9
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 8: Poco vivace
00:01:34

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

10
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
00:01:41

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

11
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 10: Presto
00:00:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

12
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 11: Allegretto
00:01:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

13
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 12: Un poco più moto
00:00:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

14
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 13: Vivace
00:00:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

15
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 14: Grave e maestoso
00:04:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

16
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 15: Presto scherzando
00:00:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

17
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 16: Allegro
00:00:57

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

18
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 17: Allegro
00:01:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

19
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 18: Poco moderato
00:01:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

20
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 19: Presto
00:00:50

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

21
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 20: Andante
00:02:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

22
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 21: Allegro con brio - Meno allegro
00:01:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

23
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 22: Allegro molto (alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart)
00:00:38

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

24
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 23: Allegro assai
00:00:54

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

25
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 24: Fughetta: Andante
00:03:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

26
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 25: Allegro
00:00:43

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

27
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 26: Piacevole
00:01:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

28
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 27: Vivace
00:00:56

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

29
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 28: Allegro
00:00:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

30
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo
00:01:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

31
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
00:01:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

32
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo
00:04:56

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

33
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 32: Fuga: Allegro
00:02:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

34
33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.120: Variation 33: Tempo di menuetto moderato
00:04:10

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

35
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: I. Ouverture
00:05:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

36
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: II. Allemande
00:07:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

37
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: III. Courante
00:02:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

38
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: IV. Aria
00:01:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

39
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: V. Sarabande
00:03:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

40
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: VI. Menuet
00:01:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

41
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: VII. Gigue
00:02:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Kovacevich, MainArtist

(C) 2008 PM Classics Ltd (P) 2008 PM Classics Ltd

Album Description

Though it might seem odd to see Stephen Kovacevich's recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations on the Onyx label rather than EMI, the label that issued his recordings of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, it should not deter any listener from seeking it out. Kovacevich's Diabelli is every bit as recommendable as his sonata recordings. As always with Kovacevich, technical matters are never an issue, and the tone he elicits from his piano is as beautiful as ever. Kovacevich also possesses an uncanny sympathy for Beethoven's music, which leads him to turn up every emotional nuance and find full depth in each variation. Humor, pathos, serenity, fun, and despair all get their time in the sun. Coupled with a bright and buoyant reading of Bach's D major Partita (BWV 828), recorded in clear and colorful digital sound, and accompanied by lucid and insightful notes by scholar Joseph Kerman, this performance will surely please anyone who has heretofore enjoyed Kovacevich's way with Beethoven.
© TiVo

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