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Track(s) taken from CDA67755

Variations in F major on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Op 66

composer
?1798

Daniel Müller-Schott (cello), Angela Hewitt (piano)
Recording details: March 2009
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: March 2010
Total duration: 10 minutes 18 seconds

Cover artwork: Pietrasanta P07.44 (2007) by Caio Fonseca (b1959)
Reproduced by kind permission of the artist / www.caiofonseca.com
 
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The variations on Mozart’s theme ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’, probably composed in 1798, reflect Beethoven’s great admiration for that composer and his opera Die Zauberflöte. The splendid theme is varied here with sovereign skill and constantly shown from new angles. The buoyant mood of Papageno’s well-known aria is on occasion transformed by bold modulations which give it an introverted twist in the two variations in the minor. Despite the jovial virtuosity of the concluding variation, Beethoven brings the work to a cheerful but at the same time thoughtful conclusion.

from notes by Daniel Müller-Schott © 2010
English: Charles Johnston

Les variations sur un thème d’«Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen» de Mozart, probablement composées en 1798, reflètent la grand admiration que Beethoven portait à ce compositeur et à son opéra La flûte enchantée. Le magnifique thème est varié ici avec une souveraine habileté et montré constamment sous de nouveaux angles. L’atmosphère enjouée du fameux air de Papageno est parfois transformé par des modulations audacieuses qui lui donnent une tournure introvertie dans les deux variations dans le mode mineur. Malgré la virtuosité joviale de la dernière variation, Beethoven mène l’œuvre à une conclusion joyeuse mais en même temps profonde.

extrait des notes rédigées par Daniel Müller-Schott © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Die vermutlich 1798 entstandenen Variationen über ein Thema von Mozart „Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen“ vermitteln große Bewunderung, die Beethoven für Mozart und seine Oper Die Zauberflöte verspürte. Das herrliche Mozart Thema wird hier durch Beethoven souverän variiert und immer wieder neu beleuchtet. Der heitere Ausdruck der bekannten Papageno Arie wird allerdings auch umgeformt in kühne Modulatorik und erhält nach innen gerichtete Wendungen in beiden Moll-Variationen. Trotz der virtuosen und jovialen Schlussvariation bringt Beethoven das Werk zu einem sanft-heiteren aber zugleich nachdenklichen Abschluß.

aus dem Begleittext von Daniel Müller-Schott © 2010

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