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Beethoven: Complete Variations for Piano, Vol. 1

Cédric Tiberghien

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One may be puzzled initially to see Mozart, Schumann (twice), and Webern on a program in a cycle devoted to the complete variation sets of Beethoven, but this is a typically ambitious idea from pianist Cédric Tiberghien and the music of the other composers mostly has connections to Beethoven. Schumann's Etudes in Variation form on a Theme by Beethoven, WoO 31, are underrated indeed, weaving quotations from several other Beethoven symphonies into its basic material from the slow movement of the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Perhaps the Webern Variations, Op. 27, are the odd piece out here; it is debatable whether they are variations at all, but in a way, the pieces by the other composers strengthen Tiberghien's main thesis, which is that Beethoven's variations are fully serious works that shouldn't be underestimated. His cycle opens with the Variations and Fugue in E flat major, Op. 35, called the "Eroica Variations" because they use a theme that recurred in the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55. Tiberghien gives these a big, sweeping performance that suggests the work's prominence in Beethoven's output. Yet even the smaller sets, based on simple operatic arias of the day, have some weight in Tiberghien's performances, which indicate ways in which Beethoven worked out problems of register and harmony in these works. By the end, when Tiberghien offers a transcendent performance of Schumann's Geistervariationen (the last work Schumann wrote, already in the grip of madness), the listener has the feeling of having been on quite a ride. One is excited to discover the content and structure of Tiberghien's next volume, which presumably will include the Diabelli Variations, Op. 120.
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Variations & Fugue in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 "Eroica Variations" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
Introduction. Allegretto vivace
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2
Theme
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3
Variation I
00:00:40

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Variation II
00:00:53

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Variation III
00:00:47

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Variation IV
00:00:41

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Variation V
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Variation VI
00:00:42

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Variation VII. Canone all′ottava
00:00:40

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Variation VIII
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Variation IX
00:00:37

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Variation X
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Variation XI
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Variation XII
00:00:45

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Variation XIII
00:00:47

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Variation XIV (minore)
00:01:22

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Variation XV (maggiore). Largo
00:05:54

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18
Finale (alla fuga). Allegro con brio
00:04:51

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6 Variations in F major, Op. 34 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

19
Theme. Adagio cantabile
00:01:42

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Variation I
00:01:40

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Variation II. Allegro, ma non troppo
00:01:07

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Variation III. Allegretto
00:01:19

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Variation IV. Tempo di Minuetto
00:01:36

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Variation V. Marcia. Allegretto
00:01:53

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Variation VI. Allegretto
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Coda. Allegretto - Adagio molto
00:02:50

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Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

27
I. Tema con variazione
00:14:30

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II. Menuetto - Trio
00:06:55

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III. Alla turca
00:03:58

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6 Variations in D Major, Op. 76 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

30
Theme. Allegro risoluto
00:00:37

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Variation I
00:00:35

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Variation II
00:00:41

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Variation III
00:01:06

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Variation IV
00:00:51

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Variation V
00:01:12

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Variation VI. Presto
00:02:17

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DISC 2

Etudes in Variation Form on a Theme by Beethoven, WoO 31 (Robert Schumann)

1
No. 1, Un poco maestoso
00:01:33

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No. 2
00:00:36

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No. 3
00:00:51

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No. A6, Passionato
00:00:46

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No. 4, Molto moderato
00:01:16

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No. A10, Prestissimo
00:00:36

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No. B7
00:00:59

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No. 5
00:02:27

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No. B5, Cantando
00:00:44

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No. 6, Presto
00:00:45

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No. A7, Idee aus Beethoven
00:01:16

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No. 7
00:00:57

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No. B4
00:00:50

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No. A11, Legato teneramente
00:01:03

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Album review

One may be puzzled initially to see Mozart, Schumann (twice), and Webern on a program in a cycle devoted to the complete variation sets of Beethoven, but this is a typically ambitious idea from pianist Cédric Tiberghien and the music of the other composers mostly has connections to Beethoven. Schumann's Etudes in Variation form on a Theme by Beethoven, WoO 31, are underrated indeed, weaving quotations from several other Beethoven symphonies into its basic material from the slow movement of the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Perhaps the Webern Variations, Op. 27, are the odd piece out here; it is debatable whether they are variations at all, but in a way, the pieces by the other composers strengthen Tiberghien's main thesis, which is that Beethoven's variations are fully serious works that shouldn't be underestimated. His cycle opens with the Variations and Fugue in E flat major, Op. 35, called the "Eroica Variations" because they use a theme that recurred in the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55. Tiberghien gives these a big, sweeping performance that suggests the work's prominence in Beethoven's output. Yet even the smaller sets, based on simple operatic arias of the day, have some weight in Tiberghien's performances, which indicate ways in which Beethoven worked out problems of register and harmony in these works. By the end, when Tiberghien offers a transcendent performance of Schumann's Geistervariationen (the last work Schumann wrote, already in the grip of madness), the listener has the feeling of having been on quite a ride. One is excited to discover the content and structure of Tiberghien's next volume, which presumably will include the Diabelli Variations, Op. 120.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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