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Bright Circle


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Bright Circle is an exquisitely programmed showcase of the interconnectivity underlying the tradition of solo piano in Classical music. Pianist Beth Levin shines as she navigates the romantic masterpieces of Schubert and Brahms, and their very new counterpart - David Del Tredici's 2014 work, Ode to Music. Levin's performance is particularly remarkable in the way she places the Del tRedici within the context of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 20 and Brahms' Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Del Tredici's music is an excellent choice to be set alongside two romantic stalwarts, as it aims to recapture the expressive language of nineteenth century European composers. Beyond this general association, all three works on Bright Circle truly are kindred spirits. Schubert and Brahms belong to the same tradition of German romanticism that arose and matured in the early - and mid-nineteenth century. Ode to Music is a fantasy on Schubert's art song An die Musik. Essentially, Bright Circle is defined by music that takes older ideas and reconstitutes them in a new, transformative setting. This is certainly the case with Brahms' Variations, which serves as Bright Circle's backbone. By the time Brahms set to work on this piece in the late 1850's, large sets of variations for piano were a common form for Romantic composers to flex their muscles. However, Brahms departed from the grandeur typical of these precedents - namely, Beethoven's famed Diabelli Variations - and challenged himself to study and assimilate aspects of Baroque forms into his treatment of Handel's theme. The melody at the heart of the variations originated in a work for harpsichord, and Brahms' appreciation of this fact is evident in restrained virtuosity of his piano writing.
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Item number NV6074
Barcode 896931003742
Release date 3/17/2017
Category Classical Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Levin, Beth
Disc: 1
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 95900:39:00
1 I. Allegro 00:11:27 Levin, Beth
2 II. Andantino 00:07:59 Levin, Beth
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace 00:04:47 Levin, Beth
4 IV. Rondo: Allegretto 00:12:26 Levin, Beth
25 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 00:27:00
5 Aria 00:01:02 Levin, Beth
6 Variation 1 00:01:02 Levin, Beth
7 Variation 2 00:00:23 Levin, Beth
8 Variation 3 00:00:53 Levin, Beth
9 Variation 4 00:00:32 Levin, Beth
10 Variation 5 00:01:14 Levin, Beth
11 Variation 6 00:01:12 Levin, Beth
12 Variation 7 00:00:41 Levin, Beth
13 Variation 8 00:00:45 Levin, Beth
14 Variation 9 00:01:49 Levin, Beth
15 Variation 10 00:00:36 Levin, Beth
16 Variation 11 00:01:08 Levin, Beth
17 Variation 12 00:00:45 Levin, Beth
18 Variation 13 00:01:40 Levin, Beth
19 Variation 14 00:00:50 Levin, Beth
20 Variation 15 00:00:59 Levin, Beth
21 Variation 16 00:00:47 Levin, Beth
22 Variation 17 00:00:44 Levin, Beth
23 Variation 18 00:01:06 Levin, Beth
24 Variation 19 00:01:26 Levin, Beth
25 Variation 20 00:01:21 Levin, Beth
26 Variation 21 00:00:49 Levin, Beth
27 Variation 22 00:01:06 Levin, Beth
28 Variation 23 00:00:22 Levin, Beth
29 Variation 24 00:00:23 Levin, Beth
30 Variation 25 00:00:30 Levin, Beth
31 Fugue 00:05:46 Levin, Beth
3 Grand Fantasy on an Die Musik00:01:00
32 3 Grand Fantasy on an Die Musik 00:01:14 Levin, Beth
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