STEPHEN HELLER (1813-1888): Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 1, Variations brillantes on a Polish Theme, Op. 5, 21 Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 133.
Catalogue Number: 05R036
Label: Paladino Music
Reference: pmr 0065
Description: In March 2009 we had a recording of Heller’s 33 Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 130 (03K048) on one of Beethoven’s own variation sets without opus number. Now we get a huge, 38-minute set from the same period (1872) using a theme from the second movement of the Appassionata in a work which demands both technical ability and delicate expression, whereas the couplings are designed to dazzle - works from a brilliant 16-year-old living in Vienna needing to make a name for himself. Biliana Tzinlikova (piano).