Variations
Title:

Variations

Artists:

Benjamin Hochman

Release Date:

10th February 2015

Cat No:

AV2327

Price:

£12.49

Summary:

Pianist Benjamin Hochman follows his critically acclaimed AVIE debut Homge to Schubert (AV 2281) – which paired two sonatas by the 19th century master with modern day tributes by Kurtág and Widmann – with a like-minded program centered on the age-old musical form of variations. At the heart of the album is Handel Variations by Brahms, a grand master of the art form. The four shorter Piano Variations on this recording are by major composers of the late 20th and early 21st century: Oliver Knussen, Luciano Berio, George Benjamin and Peter Lieberson. Each composition is a piece of great beauty but with results that are strikingly diverse.

Tracklist:

Oliver Knussen (b.1952)
1. Variations Op.24 (1989) (7.01)
Luciano Berio (1925–2003)
2. Cinque Variazioni (1953, rev. 1966) (7.55)
George Benjamin (b.1960)
3. Meditation on Haydn’s Name (1982) (2.58)

Peter Lieberson (1946–2011)
4. Piano Variations (1996) (13.41) 
World premiere recording
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op.24 (1861)
5. Aria 0.52
6. Variation I: Più vivo 0.52
7. Variation II 0.40
8. Variation III 0.43
9. Variation IV 0.52
10. Variation V 1.09
11. Variation VI 1.02
12. Variation VII 0.37
13. Variation VIII 0.43
14. Variation IX 1.07
15. Variation X: Allegro 0.40
16. Variation XI: Moderato 0.49
17. Variation XII: L’istesso tempo 0.50
18. Variation XIII: Largamente, ma non troppo 1.33
19. Variation XIV 0.41
20. Variation XV 0.48
21. Variation XVI 0.37
22. Variation XVII 0.30
23. Variation XVIII 0.50
24. Variation XIX 1.06
25. Variation XX: Andante 1.13
26 .Variation XXI: Vivace 0.53
27. Variation XXII: Alla Musette 0.58
28. Variation XXIII: Vivace 0.36
29. Variation XXIV 0.37
30. Variation XXV 0.42
31. Fuga: Moderato 4.55

Recording: 29–30 June 2014, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City
Producer: Eric Wen
Recording and mastering engineer: Dennis Patterson

 

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