Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

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by Vladimir Ashkenazy
     
 
There's much to admire about Vladimir Ashkenazy's first recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. His Beethoven style is more forthright and sharply contoured than in the past.

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There's much to admire about Vladimir Ashkenazy's first recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. His Beethoven style is more forthright and sharply contoured than in the past.

Editorial Reviews

Daily Telegraph - Richard Wigmore
Vladimir Ashkenazy certainly sees [the Diabelli Variations] as a whole, and brings clarity and muscular energy to the earlier variations and the barnstorming fugue, No 32.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947584018
catalogNumber:
000941802
Rank:
149361

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Tracks

  1. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Christopher Pope  - Paul Mitchell
  2. Variations (12) on a Russian Dance from Wranitzky's "Das Waldmädchen," for piano in A major, WoO 71  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Christopher Pope  - Paul Mitchell

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Beethoven: Diabelli Variations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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My interest in classical music is confined mostly to solo keyboard - JS Bach and Beethoven to be even more specific. The first recording I ever purchased was of Ashkenazy playing Beethoven's Moonlight, Apassionata and Pathetique sonatas recommended to me by a sales clerk back in 1985. It was a revelation. Over the years I have listened to many different performances of Beethoven's keyboard works -including a live series by Richard Goode at the 92nd St Y in NYC. In my opinion no one comes close to Ashkenazy. This recording lends further support. I have been listening to it over and over in the car on my way to and from work or just driving around town for the last couple months - alternately marveling at Beethoven's compositions and Askenazy's mastery of them. Ashkenazy turned 70 a month before this was released. The elegance and genius of his mature years are reminiscent of another Vladimir - Horowitz - who is unrivaled when it comes to Mozart. This recording should not be missed.