Ronald Brautigam – Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 14 (2015) [eClassical 24-96]

Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol. 14 – Ronald Brautigam (2015)
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Recorded: August 2014 at Österåker Church, Sweden

Ludwig van Beethoven’s first printed work was a set of variations – published in 1783 when he was only twelve years old – and his final keyboard composition was the massive set of thirty-three variations on a theme by Anton Diabelli, composed almost four decades later. Not counting the several movements in variation form included in the sonatas, his twenty-one sets of piano variations thus trace a line of development in his production, parallel to those formed by the 32 piano sonatas or the 16 string quartets. On this the 14th volume in his acclaimed traversal of Beethoven’s keyboard music, Ronald Brautigam performs five sets, composed between 1802 and 1809. In three of these Beethoven uses themes of his own, including the Ruins of Athens Variations, Op.76, nick-named after the play for which Beethoven later wrote incidental music, reusing the martial theme in a ‘Turkish march’. The two remaining sets both use English themes; Beethoven’s choice of God save the King and Rule Britannia may well reflect his often expressed respect for that country – as well as his interest in the English market for sheet music. As the final part of the programme, Brautigam includes a selection of smaller pieces, most of them of an earlier date than the preceding variations. Some of these are probably student pieces, in particular the Preludes Op.39 and WoO 55 and the Fugue in C major, fruits of the counterpoint exercises Beethoven was assigned by his first teacher, Christian Gottlob Neefe, and by Johann Albrechtsberger. Six dances close a disc that offers many opportunities to glimpse another Beethoven than the composer we all believe we know.

Tracklist:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sechs Variationen in F major über ein eigenes Thema, op.34
1. Thema 1’39
2. Var. 1 1’32
3. Var. 2 1’02
4. Var. 3 1’13
5. Var. 4 1’17
6. Var. 5 1’54
7. Var. 6 4’37
Sieben Variationen in C major über God save the King, WoO 78
8. Thema 0’55
9. Var. 1 0’43
10. Var. 2 0’43
11. Var. 3 0’47
12. Var. 4 0’48
13. Var. 5 1’11
14. Var. 6 0’50
15. Var. 7 1’47
Fünf Variationen in D major über Rule Britannia, WoO 79
16. Thema 0’38
17. Var. 1 0’35
18. Var. 2 0’34
19. Var. 3 0’33
20. Var. 4 0’35
21. Var. 5 1’14

22. Zweiunddreissig Variationen in C minor über ein eigenes Thema, WoO 80 9’30
Sechs Variationen in D major (Die Ruinen von Athen), Op.76
23. Thema 0’37
24. Var. 1 0’37
25. Var. 2 0’35
26. Var. 3 0’44
27. Var. 4 0’43
28. Var. 5 0’37
29. Var. 6 1’49
Zwei Praeludien durch alle Dur-Tonarten for piano or organ, Op.39
30. I. 4’31
31. II. 2’11

32. Dreistimmige Fuge in C major, Hess 64 1’38
33. Präludium in F minor, WoO 55 2’17
34. Menuett in F major, WoO 217 1’53
35. Allemande in A major, WoO 81 1’31
36. Anglaise in D major, WoO 212 0’39
37. Menuett in E flat major, WoO 82 3’17
38. Walzer in E flat major, WoO 84 2’05
39. Walzer in D major, WoO 85 0’35

Personnel:
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

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