ANTOINE REICHA (1770-1836): L'Art de varier ou 57 variations pour le piano in F, Op. 57.
Catalogue Number: 01W026
Reference: CHAN 20194
Description: ‘The Art of Variation’ consists of fifty-seven variations on a theme (that the number of variations match the opus number is not a coincidence) and was composed in 1802 – 03, at the beginning of the six-year period which Reicha spent in Vienna, where he studied with Haydn and re-kindled his previous friendship with Beethoven. The set is remarkable for its scale and invention. Pianist Ilić describes the work as the missing link between Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations and Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli’ Variations, which was certainly influenced by Reicha’s work. Ivan Ilić (piano).