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Gary Cooper

Diabelli Variations

  • Type SACD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385291107
  • Catalog number CCS 29110
  • Release date 20 October 2010
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The decision to use a historic Viennese instrument for this recording - built in the very year Beethoven completed his Diabelli Variations – is, in one sense, self-explanatory. Newly & magnificently restored by Edwin Beunk, the Walter und Sohn grand piano featured here is both a beautiful & charming instrument. In approaching the timeless, expansive sound world of Beethoven's late, great works, any piano is constantly tested; historic instruments not far off two hundred years old additionally so! This is the first commercial recording, to my knowledge, which attempts to place this particular masterpiece firmly in the sound-world of the early 1820s, when it was conceived and first played. In the process of doing so, previously hidden colours and textures may well be revealed to the listener: for pianos of this period have everything to do with colour, while at the same time having very little to do with sheer power, brilliance of clarity, or a capacity to sustain effortlessly: the sound-world to which we are mostly accustomed in the C21st. Therefore, the challenge to both instrument and performer using historic pianos is appreciably great (including occasional moments of audible pedal & action noise, for which I ask the listener's patience and understanding) but I feel well worth the effort, since only additional rewards can be attained in serving to illuminate areas of this immense, mystical, timeless work of art from differing perspectives.

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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Tema. Vivace
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 I Alla Marcia Maestoso
     
    01:28
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. II Poco Allegro
     
    00:50
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. III L'istesso Tempo
     
    01:56
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. IV Un Poco Più Vivaceby Diabelli, Op. 120
     
    01:11
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. V Allegro Vivace
     
    00:57
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. VI Allegro Ma Non Troppo E Serioso
     
    01:57
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. VII Un Poco Più Vivace
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 VIII Poco Vivace
     
    01:35
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. IX Allegro Pesante E Risoluto
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. X Presto
     
    00:42
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XI Allegretto
     
    01:00
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XII Un Poco Più Moto
     
    00:57
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XIII Vivace
     
    00:58
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XIV Grave E Maestoso
     
    04:43
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XV Presto Scherzando
     
    00:27
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XVI Allegro
     
    01:06
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XVII (Allegro)
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XVIII Poco Moderato
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XIX Presto
     
    00:58
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XX Andante
     
    02:29
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXI Allegro Con Brio
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXII Allegro Molto Alla
     
    00:37
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXIII Allegro Assai
     
    00:56
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXIV Fughetta. Andante
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 XXV Allegro
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXVI Piacevole
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXVII Vivace
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXVIII Allegro
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 XXIX Adagio Ma Non Troppo
     
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 XXX Andante, Sempre Cantabile
     
    01:27
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXXI Largo, Molto Espressivo
     
    04:40
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXXII Fuga. Allegro
     
    03:12
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    33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 Var. XXXIII Tempo di Menuetto Moderato
     
    04:56
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    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 I. Andante Con Moto Cantabile E Compiacevole
     
    02:51
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    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 II. Allegro
     
    03:05
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    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 III. Andante Cantabile E Grazioso
     
    02:35
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    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 IV. Presto
     
    03:22
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    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 V. Quasi Allegretto
     
    02:02
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    6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 VI. Presto - Andante Amabile E Con Moto - Presto
     
    04:40

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