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Bright Circle


Composer: Schubert, Brahm and Del Tredici
Performed by: Beth Levin
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 10 March 2017

Beth Levin delivers another collection of classical pieces with her latest album Bright Circle, an exquisitely programmed showcase of the interconnectivity underlying the tradition of solo piano in Classical music.

For this release, Levin navigates the romantic masterpieces of Schubert and Brahms, and their modern counterpart – David Del Tredici’s 2014 work, 'Ode To Music'.

Levin places Del Tredici within the context of Schubert’s 'Piano Sonata No. 20' and Brahms’ 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel'. It's an interesting choice, and one that works incredibly well.

Levin's passion for the pieces comes though in playing and it's plain to see that these are pieces that she has a particular fondness for.

For those who love solo piano performances, you're in for a treat.

Track listing:

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata No.20, D.959
01 - I. Allegro
02 - II. Andantino
03 - III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
04 - IV. Rondo. Allegretto

Johannes Brahms
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24
05 - Aria
06 - Variation I
07 - Variation II animato
08 - Variation III piano dolce
09 - Variation IV risoluto
10 - Variation V espressivo
11 - Variation VI
12 - Variation VII con vivacita
13 - Variation VIII
14 - Variation IX poco sostenuto
15 - Variation X
16 - Variation XI
17 - Variation XII
18 - Variation XIII Largamente, ma non piu
19 - Variation XIV
20 - Variation XV
21 - Variation XVI
22 - Variation XVII Piu mosso
23 - Variation XVIII
24 - Variation XIX leggiero e vivace
25 - Variation XX
26 - Variation XXI
27 - Variation XXII
28 - Variation XXIII
29 - Variation XXIV
30 - Variation XXV
31 - Fugue

David Del Tredici
32 - Ode To Music


Darren Rea

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