The Diabelli Project

The Diabelli Project

by Rudolf BuchbinderRudolf Buchbinder


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Beethoven's "32 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120," have been programmed before with other variations that were published by Diabelli in a two-part volume along with Beethoven's set, and contemporary composers have written new variations on Diabelli's "original waltz," but the program of pianist Rudolf Buchbinder's Diabelli Project is unique. Buchbinder offers a three-act sequence beginning with Beethoven's set and concluding with variations from the original Diabelli group, ending with the fine, brilliant coda by Carl Czerny. In the middle are contemporary pieces commissioned by Buchbinder and includes variations by several compositional heavyweights. One is the nearly nonagenarian Rodion Shchedrin, whose variation is delightful. Other highlights are the atmospheric "Blue Orchid" of Tan Dun and the variation by Jörg Widmann, who, unlike several of the others, writes a "true variation on Diabelli's waltz" rather than on one of Beethoven's variations. The original Diabelli variations include an impressively ambitious piece by the 11-year-old Liszt, one by Schubert, and one by Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. Buchbinder's "Beethoven set" itself is straightforward and well-crafted; there are more dramatic versions, but his works well in this setting. The sound from Berlin's Jesus-Christus-Kirche is not ideal and robs the contemporary works of spontaneity, but this is an important entry in the continuing history of the Diabelli variations.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2020
Label: Verve
UPC: 0028948377077
catalogNumber: 003171702


Disc 1

  1. Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120

    1. Tema (Vivace)
    2. Var. 1: Alla marcia maestoso
    3. Var. 2: Poco allegro
    4. Var. 3: L'istesso tempo
    5. Var. 4: Un poco più vivace
    6. Var. 5: Allegro vivace
    7. Var. 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
    8. Var. 7: Un poco più allegro
    9. Var. 8: Poco vivace
    10. Var. 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
    11. Var. 10: Presto
    12. Var. 11: Allegretto
    13. Var. 12: Un poco più moto
    14. Var. 13: Vivace
    15. Var. 14: Grave e maestoso
    16. Var. 15: Presto scherzando
    17. Var. 16: Allegro
    18. Var. 17: Allegro
    19. Var. 18: Poco moderato
    20. Var. 19: Presto
    21. Var. 20: Andante
    22. Var. 21: Allegro con brio - Meno allegro - Tempo I
    23. Var. 22: Allegro molto alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart
    24. Var. 23: Allegro assai
    25. Var. 24: Fughetta. Andante
    26. Var. 25: Allegro
    27. Var. 26: Piacevole
    28. Var. 27: Vivace
    29. Var. 28: Allegro
    30. Var. 29: Adagio ma non troppo
    31. Var. 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
    32. Var. 31: Largo, molto espressivo
    33. Var. 32: Fugue. Allegro - Poco adagio
    34. Var. 33: Tempo di menuetto moderato (ma non tirarsi dietro)

Disc 2

  1. Waltz (Theme for the Variations)
  2. Diabellical Waltz, for piano
  3. Variation for Rudi, for piano
  4. Verlust, for piano
  5. Rock it Rudi, for piano
  6. Variation for R.B., for piano
  7. Zwei Jahrhunderte später, for piano
  8. Diabelli, for piano
  9. Variation on a Theme of Diabelli, for piano
  10. A propos de…Diabelli, for piano
  11. Blue Orchid, for piano
  12. Diabelli-Variation, for piano
  13. Variations on a waltz by Diabelli for piano, S. 161
  14. Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 18)
  15. Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 21)
  16. Variation über einen Walzer von Diabelli, for piano, S. 147 (LW A1)
  17. Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 26)
  18. Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (v. 28)
  19. Variation on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, for piano in C minor, D. 718
  20. Coda to a Waltz by Diabelli, for piano (part of collaborative work)

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