15 April 2017

Muriel Chemin – DIABELLI VARIATIONS – Artist portrait

Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations represent one of the greatest works for solo piano ever to be written. Throughout this monumental work, Beethoven dazzles us with his ability to make Diabelli’s theme become anything he wants it to be. Diabelli’s waltz has often been dismissed as rather primitive, even by Beethoven himself. The theme is, therefore, a wonderful example of the irrelevance of where a great composer’s musical material comes from, and the corresponding importance of how the composer manipulates and develops that material. Just as composers of the Renaissance could build profound Mass settings from trivial secular tunes, so Beethoven develops a vast musical edifice from an apparently unlikely source. The sheer variety of musical directions which he finds possible in a set of variations is breathtaking. At times he seems to confront, even mock, the rustic nature of Diabelli’s theme, but in the next breath transforms it into something dignified and sublime.

For award-winning pianist Muriel Chemin, these variations are really “transformations” and, alongside Beethoven’s sonatas, have become an integral part of her repertoire. She is considered one of the most convincing and original interpreters of Beethoven and Mozart, described by Hervé Pennven as: “Simply one of the best interpreters of Beethoven in the world.”

“The stylistic choices of Muriel Chemin… fully grasp the pivotal role that Beethoven occupies between Classicism and Romanticism. Musical intelligence, clarity in the reproduction of the structure and fluidity of the text, and all with an amazing emotional accuracy”. Diapason

“A superb musical personality […]” Classica

“[…] the combination of rigour, richness and analytical awareness are astonishing”. Le Monde de la Musique

“Her clarity, precision, dynamism and artistic authoritativeness are formidable”. Repertoire

01 – Eugene Bozza – Scaramouche // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  1. 01 – Eugene Bozza – Scaramouche // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  2. 02 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – I. Plum Pudding // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  3. 03 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – II. Puits dAmour // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  4. 04 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – III. Negre en Chemise // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  5. 05 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – IV. Linzer Tart // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  6. 06 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – V. Grenadine // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  7. 07 – Claude Delvincourt – Croquembouches – VI. Rahat Loukhoum // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  8. 08 – Eugene Bozza – Pulcinella // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  9. 09 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – I. Tambourin // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  10. 10 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – II. Vieux Calvaire // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  11. 11 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – III. Villageoise // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  12. 12 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – IV. Forlane // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  13. 13 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – V. LHorloge // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  14. 14 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – VI. Rondel // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  15. 15 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – VII. Rigaudon // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  16. 16 – Fernande Decruck – Pieces Francaises – VIII. Toccata // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  17. 17 – Jacques Ibert – Aria // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  18. 18 – Claude Pascal – Sonatine // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  19. 19 – Astor Piazzolla – Etudes Tanguistiques – No. 4 // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
  20. 20 – Astor Piazzolla – Etudes Tanguistiques – No. 5 // Duo Ultima - Dances and Delights
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