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Variations on 'L ci darem la mano' from Mozart's Don Giovanni in B flat major, Op 2
late 1827-early 1828; published in Vienna in 1830; first performed, by Chopin, in Vienna on 12 August 1829

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Part 1: Introduction: Largo Poco pi mosso
Part 2: Theme: Allegretto
Part 3: Variation I: Brillante
Part 4: Variation II: Veloce ma accuratamente
Part 5: Variation III
Part 6: Variation IV
Part 7: Variation V: Adagio Alla Polacca

Variations on 'L ci darem la mano' from Mozart's Don Giovanni in B flat major, Op 2
The Là ci darem variations, Op 2 (1827) are a Mozart hommage of particularly imposing gesture, written originally for piano and orchestra and first played in such form at the Kärntnertortheater, Vienna, on 11 August 1829, with the composer himself as soloist, this work has for its basis a well-known tune from Don Giovanni – the first act duet between Zerlina and the Don: ‘There we’ll take hands and you will whisper “Yes”. See, it’s close by; let’s leave this place, my darling.’ Combining grace with strength, poetic declamation with virtuoso bravura, the pageant of its imagination, the vibrancy of its creative flame, is remarkable. Writing in the Leipzig Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung (7 December 1831), the young Schumann was to hail it fancifully and famously: ‘Off with your hats, gentlemen – a genius!’

from notes by Ates Orga 1991

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Details for CDS44351/66 disc 14 track 4
Variation II: Veloce ma accuratamente
Recording date
18 June 1997
Recording venue
National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Recording producer
Andrzej Sasin
Recording engineer
Andrzej Sasin & Andrzej Lupa
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  1. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 14 Track 4
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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