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After having recorded and performed all thirty-two of Beethoven’s Sonatas in concert, Mari Kodama, the Japanese pianist who grew up in Paris and was a student of Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux has now made a rather original contribution to the “Year of Beethoven”, with a selection of relatively unknown transcriptions, almost all of which are first recordings.

This anthology includes piano interpretations of excerpts from Beethoven’s five string quartets in the style of the arrangements in vogue in the 18th and 19th centuries, which delighted many amateur musicians in private settings at a time when music only circulated through practice. Of course, these types of transcriptions are in great abundance, which Cyprien Katsaris demonstrated most tenaciously in his "A Chronological Odyssey" (Piano 21). Yet, what makes Mari Kodama’s choices so special here is that they have all been interpreted by Saint-Saëns, Balakirev and Moussorgski, who each added a little of their personality to the great maestro’s music.

The grand finale of the album is a special treat as the last tracks are variations of Mozart’s Quintet with clarinet K. 581 in a transcription for fortepiano that was attributed to Beethoven and first published in Edinburgh in 1812 under the name of “ A Wonderful aria with variations of Mozart by Lewis van Beethoven”. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 "Rasumovsky No. 1" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando (Transcr. C. Saint-Saëns for Piano)
00:09:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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II. Adagio ma non troppo (Transcr. C. Saint-Saëns for Piano)
00:07:28

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Rasumovsky No. 2" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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III. Allegretto - Maggiore. Thème russe (Transcr. M. Balakirev for Piano)
00:08:41

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo (Transcr. M. Balakirev for Piano)
00:06:53

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 (Excerpts Transcr. M. Mussorgsky for Piano) (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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II. Vivace
00:03:51

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
00:10:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581 (Excerpts Arr. L. Beethoven) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

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IVa. Allegretto con variazioni. Theme
00:00:54

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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IVb. Var. 1
00:00:56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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IVc. Var. 2
00:01:01

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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IVd. Var. 3
00:01:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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IVe. Var. 4
00:01:17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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IVf. Var. 5
00:02:50

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

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IVg. Var. 6
00:01:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Mari Kodama, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Album Description

After having recorded and performed all thirty-two of Beethoven’s Sonatas in concert, Mari Kodama, the Japanese pianist who grew up in Paris and was a student of Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux has now made a rather original contribution to the “Year of Beethoven”, with a selection of relatively unknown transcriptions, almost all of which are first recordings.

This anthology includes piano interpretations of excerpts from Beethoven’s five string quartets in the style of the arrangements in vogue in the 18th and 19th centuries, which delighted many amateur musicians in private settings at a time when music only circulated through practice. Of course, these types of transcriptions are in great abundance, which Cyprien Katsaris demonstrated most tenaciously in his "A Chronological Odyssey" (Piano 21). Yet, what makes Mari Kodama’s choices so special here is that they have all been interpreted by Saint-Saëns, Balakirev and Moussorgski, who each added a little of their personality to the great maestro’s music.

The grand finale of the album is a special treat as the last tracks are variations of Mozart’s Quintet with clarinet K. 581 in a transcription for fortepiano that was attributed to Beethoven and first published in Edinburgh in 1812 under the name of “ A Wonderful aria with variations of Mozart by Lewis van Beethoven”. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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