Rudolf Serkin

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Rudolf Serkin


Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 April 1969


Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119


Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 3 February 1975

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Felix Mendelssohn: 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35

6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35: No. 1 in E minor

Johannes Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op. 119

No. 1. Intermezzo in B minor

No. 2. Intermezzo in E minor

No. 3. Intermezzo in C major

No. 4. Rhapsody in E flat major

Ludwig van Beethoven: 33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, "Diabelli Variations"

Theme: Vivace

Variation 1: Alla Marcia, maestoso

Variation 2: Poco allegro

Variation 3: L'istesso tempo

Variation 4: Un poco piu vivace

Variation 5: Allegro vivace

Variation 6: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso

Variation 7: Un poco piu allegro

Variation 8: Poco vivace

Variation 9: Allegro pesante e risoluto

Variation 10: Presto

Variation 11: Allegretto

Variation 12: Un poco piu mosso

Variation 13: Vivace

Variation 14: Grave e maestoso

Variation 15: Presto scherzando

Variation 16: Allegro

Variation 17: (Allegro)

Variation 18: Poco moderato

Variation 19: Presto

Variation 20: Andante

Variation 21: Allegro con brio

Variation 22: Allegro molto

Variation 23: Allegro assai

Variation 24: Fughetta - Andante

Variation 25: Allegro

Variation 26: (Piacevole)

Variation 27: Vivace

Variation 28: Allegro

Variation 29: Adagio ma non troppo

Variation 30: Andante, sempre cantabile

Variation 31: Largo, molto espressivo

Variation 32: Fuga - Allegro

Variation 33: Tempo di Menuetto, moderato

BBC Music Magazine

March 2008


“Serkin was a forceful, direct pianist, who mainly avoided charm and caprice. Nonetheless, Beethoven's Diabolic Variations get full justice from him, and he is a profound interpreter of late Brahms.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2007

“Serkin in concert – performances that really capture the pianist’s essence…he possessed that rare ability to project the widest range of dynamics so that every note would speak and connect to audiences in a large venue regardless of where they sat. In the 12 years separating his benchmark 1957 recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and this concert transmission, slow, introspective variations like Nos 14 and 31 have become more ascetic and rhythmically contained while certain lyrical variations take on greater lightness and flexibility…”

International Piano

“These are both indispensable additions to the pianist’s discography.”

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