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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Diabelli Variations (Staier)

Harmonia Mundi
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Diabelli Variations (Staier)

Artist(s) Staier, Andreas, fortepiano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue HMC902091
Label Harmonia Mundi
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 9.99



Review By Kirk McElhearn ,MusicWeb International,September 2012

I have several recordings of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. It is a work that I have long appreciated but this latest disc from Andreas Staier stands out. First, it’s the most infectiously joyous recording I have of the Diabellis. At times, Staier’s performance makes me almost want to get up and dance. They are full of musical humor.

Second, this recording is made on a fortepiano, with delicious, rich sound…Finally, this disc includes not only Beethoven’s variations, but also a selection of variations from other composers. This recording includes variations by Mozart, Schubert, Czerny, Hummel and others, along with Staier’s own “Introduction”, an improvisation on the theme.



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