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Track(s) taken from CDA66771/2

Huit Variations on an original theme, S148 Op 1

circa 1824

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: October 1992
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: February 1994
Total duration: 14 minutes 38 seconds

Cover artwork: Rocky Gorge, with a bridge, near Sorrento (1823) by Heinrich Reinhold (1788-1825)


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The Opus 1 Variations show a clever young hand at work, especially in the ease of the modulation at the coda from A flat major to E major—a key-shift which would dominate much of his mature work. Written no doubt for his own use and dedicated to the piano-craftsman Sébastien Erard, the work is also of interest because the theme turns up in the so-called Third Concerto

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1994

Les Variations Opus 1 montrent une habile jeune main au travail, surtout sous l’angle de sa facilité à moduler la coda, en passant de la bémol majeur à mi majeur—un changement de clef qui dominera plus tard une bonne partie de l’œuvre de sa maturité. Ecrite sans doute pour son propre usage et dédiée au facteur de pianos Sébastien Erard, cette œuvre est aussi intéressante en ce que son thème réapparaît dans ce qu’on a appelé le Troisième Concerto.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 1994
Français: Luisella Simpson

Die Opus 1 Variationen zeugen von der Arbeit einer klugen jungen Hand, vor allem in der Leichtigkeit der Modulation bei der Koda von As-Dur zu E-Dur—ein Tonartwechsel, der viele seiner reifen Werke dominieren würde. Das zweifelsohne für den eigenen Gebrauch geschriebene und dem Klavierkünstler Sébastien Erard gewidmete Werk ist auch deshalb von Interesse, weil das Thema in dem sogenannten Dritten Konzert auftaucht.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 1994
Deutsch: Hypérion

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