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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120


Following critically acclaimed traversals of Mozart's Sonatas and J.S. Bach's groundbreaking Goldberg Variations, Daniel-Ben Pienaar scales the heights of Beethoven's monumental Diabelli Variations, complemented by the six Bagatelles, Op. 126.

Daniel-Ben Pienaar "makes the Goldbergs sound more like that other supreme set of variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, than any other pianist has." An appropriate observation from BBC Music Magazine, as Pienaar follows his acclaimed recording of Bach's groundbreaking Goldberg Variations, by scaling the heights of Beethoven's monumental 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli. Variously called "the greatest set of variations ever written" and "the greatest of all piano works", this late work is one of Beethoven's most adventurous, suitably challenging for Pienaar's technical wizardry and probing intellect. He compliments the set with Beethoven's last great work for solo piano, the Bagatelles, Op. 126, which themselves are no mere trifles. As with his previous releases, Pienaar contributes in-depth notes which delve deeply into the music's enigmas. Combined with his sometimes provocative, always enlightening interpretations, Pienaar has once again created a highly satisfying release for the committed classical listener.

Personnel: Daniel-Ben Pienaar (piano)


  1. Name
  2. 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C, Op. 120, Tema: Vivace
  3. Variation I: Alla marcia maestoso
  4. Variation II: Poco allegro
  5. Variation III: L'istesso tempo
  6. Variation IV: Un poco più vivace
  7. Variation V: Allegro vivace
  8. Variation VI: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
  9. Variation VII: Un poco più allegro
  10. Variation VIII: Poco vivace
  11. Variation IX: Allegro pesante e risoluto
  12. Variation X: Presto
  13. Variation XI: Allegretto
  14. Variation XII: Un poco più moto
  15. Variation XIII: Vivace
  16. Variation XIV: Grave e maestoso
  17. Variation XV: Presto scherzando
  18. Variation XVI: Allegro
  19. Variation XVII: [Allegro]
  20. Variation XVIII: Poco moderato
  21. Variation XIX: Presto
  22. Variation XX: Andante
  23. Variation XXI: Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I
  24. Variation XXII: Allegro molto:?Alla Notte e giorno faticar di Mozart
  25. Variation XXIII: Allegro assai
  26. Variation XXIV: Fughetta: Andante
  27. Variation XXV: Allegro
  28. Variation XXVI: Piacevole
  29. Variation XXVII: Vivace
  30. Variation XXVIII: Allegro
  31. Variation XXIX: Adagio ma non troppo
  32. Variation XXX: Andante, sempre cantabile
  33. Variation XXXI: Largo, molto espressivo
  34. Variation XXXII: Fuga: Allegro - Poco adagio
  35. Variation XXXIII: Tempo di minuetto moderato (ma non tirarsi dietro)
  36. Six Bagatelles Op.126, No.1 in G: Andante con moto
  37. No.2 in G minor: Allegro
  38. No.3 in E flat: Andante
  39. No.4 in B minor: Presto
  40. No.5 in G: Quasi allegretto
  41. No.6 in E flat: Presto - Andante amabile e con moto - Tempo I
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