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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55194
Recording details: June 1985
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Release date: May 1987
Total duration: 8 minutes 50 seconds

'An adventurous and well-devised recital, as well played as it is recorded' (Gramophone)

'A wholly delectable recital, and not just for children either. First class. Highly recommended for late-night listening' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, maman 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star', K265

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s dozen Variations on ‘Ah vous dirai-je, maman’, on the melody known to British children as ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’, were composed in Vienna during either 1781 or 1782. There is here not Daquin’s naivety but a seeming ingenuousness that is maintained until the end, although some resourceful feats of variation writing are carried off behind the facade of simplicity; note in particular the variation in the minor, laid out in string quartet style.

from notes by Max Harrison © 1986

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