A beautiful two-disc collection includes the complete studio recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations as performed by William Kinderman and a 45 minute lecture about the variations by Kinderman (with live excerpts from a performance of the Diabelli Variations in Bakersfield, California, 2002). The two CDs are housed in a handsome gatefold digipak, which includes a 24-page booklet with liner notes by William Kinderman, Moisés Kaufman, and Arietta Music founder Geoffrey Merritt.
Ludwig van Beethoven
33 Variations in C on a waltz
by Anton Diabelli, Op 120
The 'Diabelli' Variations
William Kinderman, Piano
Recorded in Schloβ Gottesaue, Karlsruhe, Germany, January 1994
Recording Engineer & Producer: Marc Seiffge
Piano: Steinway & Sons
Diabelli Variations Lecture, William Kinderman
Recorded live June 13, 2007, at the University of Illinois School of Music Auditorium, in Urbana, Illinois. Performance material recorded live February 17, 2002, in the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium, in Bakersfield, California, and engineered by Jim Mueller.
The 33 Variations
The 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, is a set of variations for the piano written between 1819 and 1823 by Ludwig van Beethoven on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli. One of the supreme compositions for the piano, it often shares the highest honours with Bach's Goldberg Variations. Pianist Alfred Brendel has described it as simply "the greatest of all piano works.". It also comprises, in the words of Hans von Bülow, "a microcosm of Beethoven's art." Or, as Martin Cooper writes in Beethoven: The Last Decade 1817 - 1827, "The variety of treatment is almost without parallel, so that the work represents a book of advanced studies in Beethoven's manner of expression and his use of the keyboard, as well as a monumental work in its own right." [wikipedia]
New classical music imprint founded by Parasol Records owner Geoffrey Merritt in 2007, the latest addition to the Parasol Label Group. Expect further releases from the Merritt/Kinderman collaborations in 2008 and beyond.
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