John O'Conor Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

John O'Conor

Released on October 14, 2016 by Steinway and Sons

Main artist: John O'Conor

Genre: Classical

Includes: 2 Digital booklets

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Ludwig van Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 was his greatest masterpiece for the piano, and its 33 variations on a simple waltz transcended the extraordinary keyboard works that preceded it, including his other sets of variations, bagatelles, and the 32 piano sonatas. Composed between 1819 and 1823, contemporaneously with the Missa Solemnis, it was published as the first volume of Anton Diabelli's Vaterländischer Künstlerverein. Diabelli had asked the leading composers of Europe to compose a single variation on his original theme, and he collected examples from Carl Czerny, Franz Schubert, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Ignaz Moscheles, a young Franz Liszt, Franz Xaver Mozart, and Archduke Rudolf of Austria, among many others, but Beethoven's monumental contribution exceeded them all. The Diabelli Variations are regarded as a summation of Beethoven's methods of composition, and it requires an experienced pianist to communicate its myriad connections to all that went before, perhaps most significantly to the late piano sonatas, which it most closely resembles in tone, breadth, inventiveness, spiritual depth, and emotional impact. John O'Conor's 2016 release for Steinway & Sons offers a spontaneous and fluid performance that ranges in expression from humorous and mercurial in the early variations, to profound and awe-inspiring from the midpoint on, and he displays a fine balance between vigorous virtuosity and sublime restraint. Steinway & Sons provide clean and crisp sound, so all the details and nuances in O'Conor's sensitive playing are easily heard. Highly recommended, especially for fans of this amazing piece.
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Album : 1 disk - 34 tracks Total length : 00:53:01

    33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, 'Diabelli Variations' (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  1. 1 Theme: Vivace

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  2. 2 Variation 1: Alla Marcia, maestoso

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  3. 3 Variation 2: Poco allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  4. 4 Variation 3: L'istesso tempo

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  5. 5 Variation 4: Un poco più vivace

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  6. 6 Variation 5: Allegro vivace

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  7. 7 Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  8. 8 Variation 7: Un poco più allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  9. 9 Variation 8: Poco vivace

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  10. 10 Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  11. 11 Variation 10: Presto

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  12. 12 Variation 11: Allegretto

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  13. 13 Variation 12: Un poco più mosso

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  14. 14 Variation 13: Vivace

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  15. 15 Variation 14: Grave e maestoso

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  16. 16 Variation 15: Presto scherzando

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  17. 17 Variation 16: Allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  18. 18 Variation 17: Allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  19. 19 Variation 18: Poco moderato

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  20. 20 Variation 19: Presto

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  21. 21 Variation 20: Andante

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  22. 22 Variation 21: Allegro con brio

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  23. 23 Variation 22: Allegro molto

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  24. 24 Variation 23: Allegro assai

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  25. 25 Variation 24: Fughetta - Andante

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  26. 26 Variation 25: Allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  27. 27 Variation 26: (Piacevole)

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  28. 28 Variation 27: Vivace

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  29. 29 Variation 28: Allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  30. 30 Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  31. 31 Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  32. 32 Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  33. 33 Variation 32: Fuga - Allegro

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

  34. 34 Variation 33: Tempo di Menuetto, moderato

    John O'Conor, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer Copyright : (C) 2016 Steinway and Sons (P) 2016 Steinway and Sons

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 was his greatest masterpiece for the piano, and its 33 variations on a simple waltz transcended the extraordinary keyboard works that preceded it, including his other sets of variations, bagatelles, and the 32 piano sonatas. Composed between 1819 and 1823, contemporaneously with the Missa Solemnis, it was published as the first volume of Anton Diabelli's Vaterländischer Künstlerverein. Diabelli had asked the leading composers of Europe to compose a single variation on his original theme, and he collected examples from Carl Czerny, Franz Schubert, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Ignaz Moscheles, a young Franz Liszt, Franz Xaver Mozart, and Archduke Rudolf of Austria, among many others, but Beethoven's monumental contribution exceeded them all. The Diabelli Variations are regarded as a summation of Beethoven's methods of composition, and it requires an experienced pianist to communicate its myriad connections to all that went before, perhaps most significantly to the late piano sonatas, which it most closely resembles in tone, breadth, inventiveness, spiritual depth, and emotional impact. John O'Conor's 2016 release for Steinway & Sons offers a spontaneous and fluid performance that ranges in expression from humorous and mercurial in the early variations, to profound and awe-inspiring from the midpoint on, and he displays a fine balance between vigorous virtuosity and sublime restraint. Steinway & Sons provide clean and crisp sound, so all the details and nuances in O'Conor's sensitive playing are easily heard. Highly recommended, especially for fans of this amazing piece.

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