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Variations on a theme by C H, Op 57

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The Variationen über ein Thema von C.H. Op 57 of 1881 are the second of Scharwenka’s three sets of variations and are dedicated to Prince Constantin zu Hohenlohe se Schillingsfürst, who brother Chlodwig was Chancellor of Germany from 1894 to 1900. A close friend of Scharwenka, the Prince was a keen amateur composer and the sixteen-bar theme in A major was his own (as indicated by ‘C.H.’ in the title). The thirteen variations that follow are expertly developed, as one might expect.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 1995

Les Variationen über ein Thema von C.H. op.57, de 1881, constituent la seconde de trois séries de variations de Scharwenka et sont dédiées au prince Constantin zu Hohenlohe Schillingsfürst, dont le frère, Chlodwig, fut Chancelier d’Allemagne de 1894 à 1900. Ami intime de Scharwenka, le prince était un compositeur amateur enthousiaste et c’est lui qui avait fourni le thème de 16 mesures en la majeur (comme l’indique le “C.H.” du titre). Comme on pourrait s’y attendre, les treize variations qui suivent sont développées avec expertise.

extrait des notes rédigées par Martin Eastick © 1995

Die Variationen über ein Thema von C.H., op. 57, bilden das zweite der drei Variationenwerke Scherwenkas und sind dem Fürsten Constantin zu Hohenlohe-Schillinsfürst gewidmet, dessen Bruder Chlodwig von 1894-1900 deutscher Kanzler war. Xaver Scharwenka war eng mit Fürst Constantin befreundet, der selbst ein begeisterter Amateurkomponist war. Und das 16taktige Therna in A-Dur stammt von ihm – wie schon die Initialen im Titel andeuten. Die 13 folgenden Variationen sind gekonnt gestaltet, wie von Scharwenka nicht anders zu erwarten.

aus dem Begleittext von Martin Eastick © 1995

Recordings

Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 4
CDH55134Archive Service

Details

Movement 01: Theme: Andante
Track 13 on CDH55134 [1'03] Archive Service
Movement 02: Variation 1: Un poco più mosso
Track 14 on CDH55134 [0'53] Archive Service
Movement 03: Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Track 15 on CDH55134 [0'45] Archive Service
Movement 04: Variation 3: Più mosso (quasi allegro)
Track 16 on CDH55134 [0'38] Archive Service
Movement 05: Variation 4: Allegro
Track 17 on CDH55134 [0'29] Archive Service
Movement 06: Variation 5: Allegro – Sempre ben staccato
Track 18 on CDH55134 [0'32] Archive Service
Movement 07: Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Track 19 on CDH55134 [0'41] Archive Service
Movement 08: Variation 7: Andante
Track 20 on CDH55134 [1'43] Archive Service
Movement 09: Variation 8: Allegretto
Track 21 on CDH55134 [0'24] Archive Service
Movement 10: Variation 9: Allegretto
Track 22 on CDH55134 [0'39] Archive Service
Movement 11: Variation 10: Molto più lento
Track 23 on CDH55134 [1'07] Archive Service
Movement 12: Variation 11: Quasi Fantasia – Lento
Track 24 on CDH55134 [2'52] Archive Service
Movement 13: Variation 12: Allegretto
Track 25 on CDH55134 [0'41] Archive Service
Movement 14: Variation 13: Finale
Track 26 on CDH55134 [1'14] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDH55134 track 15

Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-13415
Duration
0'45
Recording date
27 October 1995
Recording venue
Forde Abbey, Somerset, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
John Timperley
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  1. Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (CDH55134)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: September 2003
    Deletion date: March 2012
    Archive Service
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