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Variations in G major on 'See the conqu'ring hero comes' from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, WoO45

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The variations on a theme from Judas Maccabaeus were very likely written after Beethoven had attended rehearsals of Handel’s oratorio in Berlin. Although their chief priority is to show off the pianist’s dexterity, they are quite capable of throwing up examples of Beethoven’s dramatic style, notably in the minor-key Variation VIII and the virtuoso gestures of Variations VII and XII.

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

Les variations sur un thème de Judas Macchabée ont très probablement été écrites après que Beethoven a assisté aux répétitions de l’oratorio de Haendel à Berlin. Même si elles sont avant tout destinées à mettre en valeur la dextérité du piano, elles parviennent à révéler des exemples du style dramatique de Beethoven, notamment dans la Variation VIII dans le mode mineur et les gestes virtuoses des Variations VII et XII.

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

Die Variationen über Händels Thema aus Judas Maccabäus entstanden mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit, nachdem Beethoven Proben des Händel’schen Oratoriums in Berlin erlebt hatte. Auch wenn sie zunächst der virtuosen Entfaltung des Pianisten dienten, kann das Werk durchaus mit Beethovens dramatischem Stil aufwarten, gerade in der Moll-Variation VIII, sowie der virtuosen Geste in Variation VII und XII.

aus dem Begleittext von Daniel Müller-Schott © 2010

Recordings

Beethoven: Cello Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67981/22CDsStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Vol. 2
CDA67755
Beethoven: Complete Cello Music
CDD220042CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service

Details

Track 1 on CDA67755 [12'54]
Track 8 on CDA67981/2 CD2 [11'24] 2CDs
Track 4 on CDD22004 CD1 [11'11] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67755 track 1

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ISRC
GB-AJY-09-75501
Duration
12'54
Recording date
23 March 2009
Recording venue
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
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  1. Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Vol. 2 (CDA67755)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 2010
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