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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Variations (Ian Yungwook Yoo)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Yoo, Ian Yungwook, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572160
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The art of variation lies at the heart of much music, including that of Beethoven, who practised this demanding technique as both performer and composer at many stages throughout his career. For his ‘Eroica’ Variations Beethoven used a theme originally written for his ballet music from The Creatures of Prometheus which he later incorporated into his Third Symphony. Other variations, whether based on the music of his contemporaries or of his own invention, such as the famous Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens, provide considerable insights to Beethoven’s much vaunted virtuosity and profound creativity. The Korean pianist Ian Yungwook Yoo is the recipient of many prizes including the 2007 Beethoven Competition in Bonn and the 1998



Review By Brent Auerbach,American Record Guide,March 2011

Delightful and original release from Ian Yungwook Yoo. Yoo, who won first prize at the 2007 Beethoven Competition in Bonn, delivers these variation sets with incredible panache…the full 74 minutes are filled with powerful and technically brilliant playing.

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Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2010

It's a constant source of amazement to me how foreign-born (in the non-European sense) artists are able to absorb western music (and other art form) values, and revel in them. Here is a case in point: this Korean-born pianist could hold his own, and even better many of his western contemporaries. Moreover, not only does he more than do justice to the monumental "Eroica" variations; he is to be doubly congratulated for unearthing a slew of other - albeit minor variations, that quite possibly are unavailable on other labels. Bravo!


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