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

Recordings
'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Chopin: The Four Scherzi' (CDH55181)
Chopin: The Four Scherzi
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55181  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 6 on CDH55181 [15'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Part 1: Introduction: Largo – Poco più 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 'Là ci darem la mano' from Mozart's Don Giovanni in B flat major, Op 2
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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 CDA66514 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-51406
Duration
15'58
Recording date
30 May 1990
Recording venue
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ates Orga
Recording engineer
Ken Blair & Simon Kiln
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: The Four Scherzi (CDA66514)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: October 1991
    Deletion date: May 2004
    Superseded by CDH55181
  2. Chopin: The Four Scherzi (CDH55181)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2005
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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