LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Piano Pieces and Fragments - 13 Variations in A on the Arietta Es war einmal ein alter Mann from Dittersdorf's Das rothe Käppchen, WoO 66, Pastorella in C, Biamonti 622, 12 Klavierstücke from the Kafka and Fischhof Sketchbooks, Canon in A Flat, EoO 222, 8 pieces Hess 58-60, 70, 72, 75, Biamonti 277 and WoO213/2, Andante maestoso from String Quintet in C, WoO 62, 9 Variations in C Minor on a March by Dressler, WoO 63, Sonatina in F, WoO 50, 6 Variations on a Swiss Song in F, WoO 64, Andante in C, WoO 211, Molto adagio in G, Hess 71, 2 Cadenzas to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, WoO 58, 2 Cadenzas to the piano version of the Violin Concerto, Op. 61, Hess 84-85, Bagatelles, WoO 213/1 & 4, Für Elise (1822 version), WoO 59, Fragment in D, Biamonti 213.
Catalogue Number: 03V032
Description: Including 54 seconds of premiere recordings, this program provides us with 36 of Beethoven’s rarely heard sketches, variations and briefest of compositions, even the earliest of which have much to teach us about the emergence of his unique voice and style. The range of Beethoven’s musical experimentation reveals a lasting interest in counterpoint, as well as practical pages such as cadenzas for a Mozart concerto, an incomplete sonata and a second version of the famous bagatelle Für Elise. A significant supplement to his greatest works, these miniatures bring the full arc of Beethoven’s singular genius into ever clearer focus. Sergio Gallo (piano).