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Stephen Kovacevich
Beethoven Diabelli Variations

BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARD NOMINEE

 
 
Beethoven - 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, op.120 51.24
1 Tema: Vivace  0.45
2 I AlIa marcia maestoso 1.24
3 II Poco allegro  0.40
4 III L'istesso tempo 1.19
5 IV Un poco più vivace 0.52
6 V Allegro vivace 0.53
7 VI Allegro ma non troppo e serioso 1.48
8 VII Un poco più allegro 1.02
9 VIII Poco vivace 1.34
10 IX Allegro pesante e risoluto 1.41
11 X Presto 0.36
12 XI Allegretto 1.03
13 XII Un poco più moto 0.52
14 XIII Vivace 0.58
15 XIV Grave e maestoso 4.13
16 XV Presto scherzando 0.31
17 XVI Allegro 0.57
18 XVII Allegro 1.03
19 XVIII Poco moderato 1.26
20 XIX Presto 0.50
21 XX Andante 2.18
22 XXI Allegro con brio - Meno allegro 1.03
23 XXII Allegro molto  0.38
24 XXIII Allegro assai 0.54
25 XXIV Fughetta: Andante 3.11
26 XXV Allegro 0.43
27 XXVI Piacevole 1.14
28 XXVII Vivace 0.56
29 XXVIII Allegro 0.52
30 XXIX Adagio ma non troppo 1.19
31 XXX Andante, sempre cantabile 1.59
32 XXXI Largo, molto espressivo  4.56
33 XXXII Fuga: Allegro  2.55
34 XXXIII Tempo di menuetto moderato 4.04
 
Bach Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828  26.07

35 I Ouverture 5.54
36 II Allemande 7.36
37 III Courante 2.24
38 IV Aria 1.32
39 V Sarabande 3.55
40 VI Menuet 1.27
41 VII Gigue 2.44
 
Total timing: 77.32

Catalogue No: ONYX4035

Gramophone Editor's Choice - January 2009 
 
"Presented with a vividness that sounds more live than studio-bound...Kovacevich has now encompassed the extremes of the work more fully..in this new version which captures the piano sound beautifully...this remarkable performance..altogether, a disc to treasure" (Harriet Smith)
 
"His first recording helped to establish him as one of today's pre-eminent Beethovenians. This follow-up is, if anything, even finer. He encompasses the emotional range and contrasts in the work superbly and is alive to its every nuance. Stunning" (James Inverne, Editor)
 
Very special release indeed, the return after more than 40 years to the piece that first brought him worldwide fame. In the 90s Stephen recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas for EMI for the first time, and the set is one of the standard recommendations. This recording completes the cycle, which for Kovacevich has become a true life-cycle, having given his sensational Wigmore Hall debut with this piece in 1961 and recording it in a still-classic version for Philips in 1968.
 
His conception has changed  – it has a more live quality (despite being a studio recording) and more dramatic - quite simply it’s picks you up and sweeps you along irresistibly to the very end. Some of the most profound Beethoven playing ever put on disc!
As a generous bonus comes his first ever Bach recording, a concert favourite of his, Bach’s Partita no 4 which provides a wonderful palate-cleanser after the  emotional rollercoaster of the Diabelli!
Release timed with Stephen’s International Piano Series recital of the Diabelli at the QEH on January 26.

 

 

 

 

 


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1
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: Tema: Vivace
00:46
2
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: I Alla marcia maestoso
01:25
3
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: II Poco allegro
00:41
4
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: III L'istesso tempo
01:20
5
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: IV Un poco più vivace
00:53
6
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: V Allegro vivace
00:53
7
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: VI Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
01:48
8
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: VII Un poco più allegro
01:02
9
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: VIII Poco vivace
01:35
10
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: IX Allegro pesante e risoluto
01:41
11
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: X Presto
00:37
12
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XI Allegretto
01:04
13
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XII Un poco più moto
00:53
14
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XIII Vivace
00:59
15
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XIV Grave e maestoso
04:13
16
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XV Presto scherzando
00:31
17
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XVI Allegro
00:58
18
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XVII Allegro
01:03
19
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XVIII Poco moderato
01:26
20
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XIX Presto
00:51
21
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XX Andante
02:18
22
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXI Allegro con brio - Meno allegro
01:03
23
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXII Allegro molto
00:39
24
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXIII Allegro assai
00:55
25
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXIV Fughetta: Andante
03:11
26
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXV Allegro
00:43
27
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXVI Piacevole
01:15
28
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXVII Vivace
00:57
29
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXVIII Allegro
00:52
30
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXIX Adagio ma non troppo
01:19
31
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXX Andante sempre cantabile
01:59
32
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXXI Largo molto espressivo
04:57
33
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXXII Fuga: Allegro
02:56
34
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXXIII Tempo di menuetto moderato
04:11
35
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: I Ouverture
05:54
36
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: II Allemande
07:37
37
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: III Courante
02:24
38
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: IV Aria
01:33
39
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: V Sarabande
03:56
40
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: VI Menuet
01:27
41
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: VII Gigue
02:47

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1. Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: Tema: Vivace
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2. Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: X Presto
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3. Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXXI Largo molto espressivo
1:29
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4. Variations in C on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli op.120: XXXII Fuga: Allegro
1:29
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5. Partita No. 4 in D Major BWV 828: II Allemande
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