Imogen Cooper plays Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Bagatelles Op. 119, Für Elise

Imogen Cooper plays Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Bagatelles Op. 119, Für Elise

by Imogen Cooper

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Overview

This recording of Beethoven's "33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120," by British pianist Imogen Cooper was a strong seller when it appeared in March 2019, and there appear to be several reasons why. One is the introduction of the program with the "Bagatelles, Op. 119," which are not so often heard and make a fine lead-in. Cooper almost runs the bagatelles together, which one might question: each one is a distinct entity, and playing them as Cooper does loses the strangeness of, say, the 15-second "Allegramente bagatelle." But Cooper seems to be asserting the unity of the set, which is reasonable even though Beethoven wrote the works at different times; some are early works, and some were newly composed for publication in 1822. She captures a certain reminiscent quality in these fascinating little works. In the "Diabelli Variations" themselves, Cooper avoids an intimate or intellectual reading, or a humor-oriented one, all of which are abundant, in favor of a big, muscular approach that emphasizes the work's virtuoso aspect. The fast variations are brilliant and powerful, the slow ones mystical and shadowy. It's a crowd-pleasing approach, and Cooper nails the shift into the final slow variations, which really are profound. The spacious acoustic of the Snape Maltings concert hall accords well with Cooper's approach in the hands of Chandos' engineers. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2019
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115208526
catalogNumber: 20085
Rank: 87286

Tracks

  1. Bagatelles (11) for piano, Op. 119

    1. Allegretto in G minor  (02:40)
    2. Andante con moto in C major  (01:12)
    3. à l'Allemande - Coda in D major  (01:58)
    4. Andante cantabile in A major  (01:44)
    5. Risoluto in C minor  (01:21)
    6. Andante - Allegretto - L'istesso tempo in G major  (01:56)
    7. Allegro, ma non troppo in C major  (01:07)
    8. Moderato cantabile in C major  (01:41)
    9. Vivace moderato in A minor  (00:30)
    10. Allegramente in A major  (00:15)
    11. Andante, ma non troppo in B flat major  (01:56)
  2. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120

    1. Tema. Vivace  (00:54)
    2. Alla Marcia maestoso  (01:48)
    3. Poco allegro  (00:56)
    4. L'istesso tempo  (01:24)
    5. Un poco più vivace  (01:10)
    6. Allegro vivace  (00:58)
    7. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso  (02:00)
    8. Un poco più allegro  (01:19)
    9. Poco vivace  (01:32)
    10. Allegro pesante e risoluto  (01:45)
    11. Presto  (00:40)
    12. Allegretto  (01:16)
    13. Un poco più moto  (00:53)
    14. Vivace  (01:08)
    15. Grave e maestoso  (05:36)
    16. Presto scherzando  (00:35)
    17. Allegro  (01:04)
    18. L'istesso tempo  (01:07)
    19. Poco moderato  (01:53)
    20. Presto  (00:58)
    21. Andante  (02:20)
    22. Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I - Meno allegro  (01:24)
    23. Allegro molto alla 'Notte e giorno faticar' di Mozart  (00:51)
    24. Allegro assai  (00:55)
    25. Fughetta. Andante  (03:17)
    26. Allegro  (00:48)
    27. Allegretto, Piacevole  (01:12)
    28. Vivace  (01:07)
    29. Allegro  (01:08)
    30. Adagio ma non troppo  (01:22)
    31. Andante, sempre cantabile  (02:10)
    32. Largo, molto espressivo  (05:05)
    33. Fuga. Allegro - Poco adagio  (03:13)
    34. Tempo di Menuetto moderato (ma non tirarsi dietro)  (04:27)
  3. Bagatelle for piano in A minor ("Für Elise"), WoO 59  (03:33)

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