Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano Volume 14 (SACD)

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Ronald Brautigam

Beethoven - Complete Works for Solo Piano Volume 14

Rule Britannia: Variations & Klavierstücke


Beethoven:

Waltz in D major WoO 85

Waltz in E flat major WoO 84

Minuet in E flat major, WoO 82

Anglaise in D major, WoO 212

Allemande in A major WoO 81

Menuett in F major, WoO 217

Prelude in F minor WoO 55

Fugue in C major Hess 64

Two Preludes, Op. 39

Variations (6) on an original theme 'Die Ruinen von Athen', Op. 76

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Variations (5) on 'Rule Britannia', WoO 79

Variations (7) on 'God save the King', WoO 78

Variations (6) for Piano on an Original Theme in F major, Op. 34


Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)

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. 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. 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.