OnClassical | OC17072c | 2017


Beethoven, L. Van: Piano Variations 'Diabelli' Op. 120 & Bagatelles Op. 126
Giovanni Mazzocchin, Piano

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Total duration: 80:40
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"33 Vernderungen ber einen Walzer einen Walzer von Diabelli": this is the original German title chosen by Beethoven for one of his last great bursts of musical inspiration. Even the title is remarkable, indeed, he did not choose the traditional word "Variation", but the more germanic-sounding "Vernderungen", whose approximate translation could be "transformation". As a matter of fact, the word "tranformation" fits the purpose: by going through the whole composition, the listener (and the pianist) can realize Beethoven's will for the conversion and destruction of the coarse and childish theme written by Diabelli.
The master from Bonn did not solely "kindle" the futile waltz, but also rediscovered (after the last three sonatas) the great masters of the previous century (in the two fugues) and of the Viennese school (in the last Minuetto).
Even though the Diabelli Variations constitute the master's last outstanding work for the piano, he did not use it so as to give his ultimate farewell to the instrument. While he was delving into the great string quartets, he found the time to write the final set of Bagattellas (literally "trivial things"), in which any kind of rhetoric and wish for greatness is abandoned in order to reach a lighter and fainter musical language: namely the Bagattellas are truly "romantic" creations.
Giovanni Mazzocchin, young promise of Italian pianism, gives to Diabelli Variations (aka. "Transformations") an analytical and very precise reading.
Recording is native 88.2/24-bits, captured by Sennheiser mics. and Prism Sound pres/converters.

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The young Italian pianist (and computer scientist) Giovanni Mazzocchin takes on quite a challenge with these 'mature' Beethoven works. The Bagatelles are marvelously interpreted. It is also a joy to listen to the Diabelli Variations. [...] ‐Herbert Zoellner ***** (12/10/2017) 

Piano Variations 'Diabelli' Op. 120 & Bagatelles Op. 126
Giovanni Mazzocchin, Piano

OnClassical
Prod. No.: 189 / 2017
Cat. No: OC17072c
UPC: 634065037345
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Saletta acustica 'Eric James', Pove del Grappa, 2017

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Alessandro Simonetto
Artwork: OnClassical

Equipment used: Sennheiser mics.
Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano, 'Ferrari-O'

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