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Ludwig van Beethoven : Diabelli-Variationen

András Schiff

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ECM New Series is better known for its documentation of contemporary works, but the music of the past sometimes receives coverage when artists bring a new perspective to it. The Diabelli Variations, Op. 120; the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, are among the most original and intellectually stimulating works Ludwig van Beethoven composed for the piano, and the sophisticated interpretations of András Schiff are especially worthwhile for their insights into authentic performance practice and reception. Here, Schiff gives the listener options between a relatively modern sounding version of the Diabelli Variations and a period interpretation, without favoring one or the other. On the first CD he plays the Sonata and the Diabelli Variations on a Bechstein piano from 1921, though with minimal pedaling and a restrained execution that allows every inner voice and subtle dynamic to be appreciated. While this piano is not as hard or bright sounding as a modern Steinway, it is familiar to modern ears and most listeners will readily accept it. On the second CD, Schiff plays the Diabelli Variations, along with the Six Bagatelles, on a smaller sounding Franz Brodmann fortepiano, an original instrument from around 1820, Beethoven's time period. While it sometimes sounds tinnier, the fortepiano is in wonderful condition, and by Schiff's own testimony, it "sounds fresher, bolder, and infinitely more subtle." This side-by-side demonstration allows comparisons between the two instruments, and to consider other differences. One need not choose one recording over the other, but Schiff's exceptional performances would certainly inform such a decision, if one had to be made.
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Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
00:08:54

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

2
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
00:17:20

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

33 Piano Variations in C, Op.120 on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli (Ludwig van Beethoven)

3
Thema. Vivace (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:45

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

4
Variation 1 (Alla marcia maestoso) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:38

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

5
Variation 2 (Poco allegro) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

6
Variation 3 (L'istesso tempo) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:20

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

7
Variation 4 (Un poco più vivace) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

8
Variation 5 (Allegro vivace) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

9
Variation 6 (Allegro ma non troppo e serioso) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

10
Variation 7 (Un poco più allegro) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:09

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

11
Variation 8 (Poco vivace) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:28

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

12
Variation 9 (Allegro pesante e risoluto) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

13
Variation 10 (Presto) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:41

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

14
Variation 11 (Allegretto) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:09

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

15
Variation 12 (Un poco più moto) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

16
Variation 13 (Vivace) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

17
Variation 14 (Grave e maestoso) (Bechstein Piano)
00:03:34

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

18
Variation 15 (Presto scherzando) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

19
Variation 16 (Allegro) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

20
Variation 17 (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

21
Variation 18 (Poco moderato) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

22
Variation 19 (Presto) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

23
Variation 20 (Andante) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:43

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

24
Variation 21 (Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:09

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

25
Variation 22 (Allegro molto): Alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:38

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

26
Variation 23 (Allegro assai) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

27
Variation 24 (Fughetta. Andante) (Bechstein Piano)
00:02:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

28
Variation 25 (Allegro) (Bechstein Piano)
00:00:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

29
Variation 26 (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:28

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

30
Variation 27 (Vivace) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:01

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

31
Variation 28 (Allegro) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

32
Variation 29 (Adagio ma non troppo) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:09

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

33
Variation 30 (Andante, sempre cantabile) (Bechstein Piano)
00:01:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

34
Variation 31 (Largo, molto espressivo) (Bechstein Piano)
00:04:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

35
Variation 32 (Fuga. Allegro - Poco adagio) (Bechstein Piano)
00:02:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

36
Variation 33 (Tempo di minuetto moderato, ma non tirarsi dietro) (Bechstein Piano)
00:04:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

DISC 2

1
Thema. Vivace (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:00:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

2
Variation 1 (Alla marcia maestoso) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:39

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

3
Variation 2 (Poco allegro) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:00:54

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

4
Variation 3 (L'istesso tempo) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:25

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

5
Variation 4 (Un poco più vivace) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:01

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

6
Variation 5 (Allegro vivace) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:00:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

7
Variation 6 (Allegro ma non troppo e serioso) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:40

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

8
Variation 7 (Un poco più allegro) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

9
Variation 8 (Poco vivace) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

10
Variation 9 (Allegro pesante e risoluto) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:56

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

11
Variation 10 (Presto) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:00:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

12
Variation 11 (Allegretto) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:07

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

13
Variation 12 (Un poco più moto) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:05

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

14
Variation 13 (Vivace) (Franz Brodmann Fortepiano)
00:01:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - András Schiff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Guido Gorna, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2013 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

ECM New Series is better known for its documentation of contemporary works, but the music of the past sometimes receives coverage when artists bring a new perspective to it. The Diabelli Variations, Op. 120; the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; and the Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, are among the most original and intellectually stimulating works Ludwig van Beethoven composed for the piano, and the sophisticated interpretations of András Schiff are especially worthwhile for their insights into authentic performance practice and reception. Here, Schiff gives the listener options between a relatively modern sounding version of the Diabelli Variations and a period interpretation, without favoring one or the other. On the first CD he plays the Sonata and the Diabelli Variations on a Bechstein piano from 1921, though with minimal pedaling and a restrained execution that allows every inner voice and subtle dynamic to be appreciated. While this piano is not as hard or bright sounding as a modern Steinway, it is familiar to modern ears and most listeners will readily accept it. On the second CD, Schiff plays the Diabelli Variations, along with the Six Bagatelles, on a smaller sounding Franz Brodmann fortepiano, an original instrument from around 1820, Beethoven's time period. While it sometimes sounds tinnier, the fortepiano is in wonderful condition, and by Schiff's own testimony, it "sounds fresher, bolder, and infinitely more subtle." This side-by-side demonstration allows comparisons between the two instruments, and to consider other differences. One need not choose one recording over the other, but Schiff's exceptional performances would certainly inform such a decision, if one had to be made.
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