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Award-winning pianist Sarah Beth Briggs explores five sets of Variations by great masters of the genre for her fifth AVIE release – some relatively rarely heard on the concert platform. Mozart’s exquisite late Duport Variations pave the way for Beethoven, who after ‘showing the British what a treasure they have in God save the King’ threw out the rule book of traditional variation form in his beautifully crafted yet still much overlooked op 34 set.
Before Briggs concludes with Brahms’s deeply poignant tribute to Robert Schumann, she plumbs the depths of Mendelssohn’s much recorded Variations Serieuses, true to the spirit of the title which indicates the composer’s desire to go far beyond merely demonstrating a pianist’s virtuoso capabilities.
None, The Austrian Connection, Schumann and Brahms, Gál and Shostakovich piano trios, Gál and Mozart piano concertos, Haydn, Mozart, Bartok, Brahms and Chopin, Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata, Brahms Handel Variations and music by Britten and Rawsthorne, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn recital (including Beethoven Sonata in A flat Op.110), Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert recital (including Schubert Sonata in B flat D960), Debussy and Chopin recital, Hans Gál's Piano Concerto & Mozart Concerto in E flat K482
Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata, Brahms Handel Variations and music by Britten* and Rawsthorne (*Sarah Beth Briggs gave the world premiere of the Britten Character Pieces on this recording)
‘Briggs is a fine artist and enterprising too, adding Brahms’ gritty Handel Variations, Britten’s three early Character Pieces and Rawsthorne’s underrated Bagatelles to a searching performance of the Beethoven Appassionata’ – Sunday Telegraph
- Gramophone Editor's Choice October 2018
- A Europadisc disc of the week
- MusicWeb International Recording of the Month November 2018
‘… wonderful subtlety of colour and shading … for clarity of execution, articulation, tone and pedalling these performances are hard to fault.’
International Record Review