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

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Details for CDD22004 disc 1 track 8
Recording date
10 April 1987
Recording venue
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Beethoven: Complete Cello Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66281)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 1988
    Deletion date: September 1996
    Superseded by CDD22004
  2. Beethoven: Complete Cello Music (CDD22004)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: September 1996
    Deletion date: August 2006
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