To listen simply press on the audio player below
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Brendel is a distinguished interpreter of the Diabelli Variations, though the quality of this recording is slightly dubious…

00:01 – Theme: Vivace
00:49 – Variation 1: Alla marcia maestoso
02:27 – Variation 2: Poco allegro
03:17 – Variation 3: L’istesso tempo
04:34 – Variation 4: Un poco più vivace
05:34 – Variation 5: Allegro vivace
06:30 – Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
08:04 – Variation 7: Un poco più allegro
09:19 – Variation 8: Poco vivace
10:47 – Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto
12:26 – Variation 10: Presto
13:06 – Variation 11: Allegretto
14:09 – Variation 12: Un poco più moto
14:56 – Variation 13: Vivace
15:52 – Variation 14: Grave e maestoso
19:19 – Variation 15: Presto scherzando
19:56 – Variation 16: Allegro
20:51 – Variation 17: Allegro
21:55 – Variation 18: Poco moderato
23:43 – Variation 19: Presto
24:32 – Variation 20: Andante
26:33 – Variation 21: Allegro con brio – Meno allegro – Tempo primo
27:40 – Variation 22: Allegro molto, alla « Notte e giorno faticar » di Mozart
28:28 – Variation 23: Allegro assai
29:12 – Variation 24: Fughetta (Andante)
32:29 – Variation 25: Allegro
33:10 – Variation 26: (Piacevole)
34:09 – Variation 27: Vivace
35:06 – Variation 28: Allegro
36:01 – Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo
37:06 – Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile
38:54 – Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo
43:05 – Variation 32: Fuga: Allegro
45:55 – Variation 33: Tempo di Menuetto moderato

.. or, with better quality and also if you’d prefer to follow the score:

Theme, Vivace
Var.1, Alla Marcia maestoso
Var.2, Poco allegro
Var.3, L’istesso tempo
Var.4, Un poco più vivace
Var.5, Allegro vivace
Var.6, Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
Var.7, Un poco più allegro
Var.8, Poco vivace
Var.9, Allegro pesante e risoluto
Var.10, Presto
Var.11, Allegretto
Var.12, Un poco più moto
Var.13, Vivace
Var.14, Grave e maestoso
Var.15, Presto Scherzando
Var.16, Allegro
Var.17, Allegro
Var.18, Poco moderato
Var.19, Presto
Var.20, Andante
Var.21, Allegro con brio
Var.22, Allegro molto
Var.23, Allegro assai
Var.24, Fughetta
Var.25, Allegro
Var.26, Piacevole
Var.27, Vivace
Var.28, Allegro
Var.29, Adagio ma non troppo
Var.30, Andante, sempre cantabile
Var.31, Largo, molto espressivo
Var.32, Fuga: Allegro
(with a remarkable transition to the next variation)
Var.33, Tempo di Menuetto moderato

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  1. Thanks again, Chris, for introducing us to such a remarkable work and such a fine performance as Brendel’s. Strangely, I heard him play it in London fifty years ago, c 1970, and I couldn’t get the measure of it. Maybe it’s the kind of music that you appreciate more when you are older – considerably older in this case.

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