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Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen

András Schiff

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Piano Sonata No.32 In C Minor, Op.111  
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1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
8:55
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2. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
17:30
33 Piano Variations In C Major, Op.120 (On A Waltz By Anton Diabelli)  
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Thema. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:45
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Var. I. Alla marcia maestoso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:39
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Var. II. Poco allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:49
6
Var. III. L’istesso tempo
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:20
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Var. IV. Un poco più vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:00
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Var. V. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:59
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Var. VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:35
10
Var. VII. Un poco più allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:09
11
Var. VIII. Poco vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:29
12
Var. IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:53
13
Var. X. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:42
14
Var. XI. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:09
15
Var. XII. Un poco più moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:00
16
Var. XIII. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:11
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Var. XIV. Grave e maestoso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
3:35
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Var. XV. Presto scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:37
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Var. XVI. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:03
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Var. XVII
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:03
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Var. XVIII. Poco moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:36
22
Var. XIX. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:58
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Var. XX. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:43
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Var. XXI. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:09
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Var. XXII. Allegro molto (alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart)
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:38
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Var. XXIII. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:56
27
Var. XXIV. Fughetta. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:33
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Var. XXV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:53
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Var. XXVI
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:29
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Var. XXVII. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:02
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Var. XXVII. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:05
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Var. XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:09
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Var. XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:47
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Var. XXXI. Largo molto, espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
4:32
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Var. XXXII. Fuga. Allegro – Poco adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:53
36
Var. XXXIII. Tempo di Menuetto moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
4:12
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Thema. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:48
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Var. I. Alla marcia maestoso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:40
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Var. II. Poco allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:54
40
Var. III. L’istesso tempo
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:25
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Var. IV. Un poco più vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:02
42
Var. V. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:00
43
Var. VI. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:40
44
Var. VII. Un poco più allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:14
45
Var. VIII. Poco vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:31
46
Var. IX. Allegro pesante e risoluto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:56
47
Var. X. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:44
48
Var. XI. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:07
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Var. XII. Un poco più moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:05
50
Var. XIII. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:13
51
Var. XIV. Grave e maestoso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
3:32
52
Var. XV. Presto scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:40
53
Var. XVI. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:03
54
Var. XVII
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:10
55
Var. XVIII. Poco moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:40
56
Var. XIX. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:59
57
Var. XX. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:49
58
Var. XXI. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:11
59
Var. XXII. Allegro molto (alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart)
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:43
60
Var. XXIII. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:59
61
Var. XXIV. Fughetta. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:34
62
Var. XXV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
0:54
63
Var. XXVI
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:30
64
Var. XXVII. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:05
65
Var. XXVIII. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:12
66
Var. XXIX. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:12
67
Var. XXX. Andante, sempre cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
1:58
68
Var. XXXI. Largo molto, espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
4:31
69
Var. XXXII. Fuga. Allegro – Poco adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
3:02
70
Var. XXXIII. Tempo di Menuetto moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
4:18
Bagatelle For Piano, Op. 126  
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Andante con moto cantabile e compiacevole
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:55
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Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:56
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Andante cantabile e grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:23
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Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
3:44
75
Quasi Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
2:16
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Presto – Andante amabile e con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; András Schiff
4:01
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:29:34
"Five Stars ... both discs are enthralling ... Schiff's account is revelatory."
- The Guardian

"Editor's Choice ... the discography of the Diabelli Variations is already distinguished but here’s a remarkable addition to it ... throughout (Schiff) delights with insights and a feast of fine playing, excellently recorded; his focus on the music never wavers ... an impressive achievement."
- Gramophone

András Schiff recorded these remarkable, contrasting versions of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations on two period instruments: for his first reading, Schiff employs an original Bechstein grand from 1921, while the second version is played on a Hammerflügel fortepiano from Beethoven's own day. As a result, Schiff provides a unique opportunity to compare the rich range of two very different sonic universes, a world apart from modern day instruments. The Diabelli Variations are considered a magnum opus of the piano repertoire, a towering contribution to the genre and an entire encyclopedia of pianism unto itself.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded July 2012 and December 2012 at Kammermusiksaal H. J. Abs, Beethoven_Haus, Bonn (Brodmann fortepiano) and Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano (Bechstein)
Tuning and technical assistance: Georg F. Senn (Brodmann), Urs Bachmann (Bechstein)
Tonmeister: Stephan Schellmann
Photography: Péter Nádas
Musician photos: Nadia F. Romanini
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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