Albums

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Concertos - Released September 7, 2009 | naïve classique

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Concertos - Released December 2, 2013 | Tahra

Booklet
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Classical - Released May 28, 2013 | ICA Classics

Booklet
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Classical - Released November 6, 2012 | ICA Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Concertos - Released November 6, 2012 | ICA Classics

Booklet
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Classical - Released October 15, 2012 | Avie Records

Booklet
Ludwig van Beethoven's 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli is one of the great landmarks in piano literature, and it is astonishing how much variety and brilliance Diabelli's charming but trite theme inspired. However, before Beethoven's flashes of genius can be discovered and appreciated, the listener must commit to sit through close to 50 minutes of piano music that is simply overwhelming in its explosive energy and scope. Because of this piece's inherent power, a performer must know when to pull back and when to charge ahead, carefully gauging emotional reactions along the way and taking care not to bludgeon the audience. Daniel-Ben Pienaar is volatile and forceful in this 2011 performance, and for a good part of the piece, he pushes himself, the piano, and anyone else in the vicinity almost to the point of exhaustion. There are variations where he pulls back for reflection, but on the whole, this is an assertive and vigorous reading that requires patience on a first run-through. On a second hearing, however, much that might have passed by unnoticed because of Pienaar's surprising speed, loudness, and aggressiveness becomes easier to follow, and his great energy seems less like an onslaught than an exciting challenge. To close this bracing album, Pienaar includes the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, which are played with a similar exuberance and dispatch.
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Chamber Music - Released September 11, 2012 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Duets - Released July 3, 2012 | Accent

Booklet
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Keyboard Concertos - Released April 28, 2011 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released October 26, 2010 | Chandos

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Chamber Music - Released September 28, 2010 | Accent

Booklet
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Classical - Released August 24, 2010 | Naxos

Booklet
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Classical - Released July 1, 2010 | Audite

Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Naxos

Booklet
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Chamber Music - Released June 1, 2010 | Naxos

Booklet
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Classical - Released June 29, 2010 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet
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Classical - Released June 1, 2010 | ATMA Classique

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Chamber Music - Released May 1, 2010 | Cedille Records

Booklet
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Classical - Released May 25, 2010 | Profil

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Classical - Released March 31, 2010 | K&K Verlagsanstalt