Yet another fine example! I have never heard any of the WoO variations, and I'm quite happy you've posted these recordings here. These variations made me smile a lot. Such inventiveness and humor. And an enjoyable recording.
I agree! This is some of the BEST Beethoven we've heard in Members Recordings in a long, long time! I want to know more about these variations, and when they were written (1790, yeah, I get it; but, what about WoO 76--presumably sometime later...?, yet WoO 65 has "late" elements in it (if only I could do the math against the biography...)), and you've inspired me to try this WoO 76!...
Here is a comment of encouragement:
I had in my archive a quote from Ferdinand Ries, a student of Beethoven, which, when I found it originally, freed me a great deal at the keyboard. You probably know it already, but I thought, "for the benefit of others." So, I went looking for it to share with you, by which I mean, "others."
(Just where I am going with this, anyway?!?
) This is the first quote, filed as "Beethoven quote," which was *not* the one I was looking for:
"Handel is the unattained master of all masters. Go to him and learn how to produce great effects with scant deploy of means." --Beethoven
Good advice, but not what I had in mind. None the less, what about Bach, for goodness sake?!? By the way--do you play Handel? Please, let us hear some, if so!...
So, I prevailed in the search of my archives, and found this quote: Ferdinand Ries, student of Beethoven --
"When I left out something in a passage, a note or a skip, which in many cases he wished to have specially emphasized, or struck a wrong key, he seldom said anything; yet when I was at fault with regard to the expression, the crescendi or matters of that kind, or in the character of the piece, he would grow angry. Mistakes of the other kind, he said, were due to chance; but these last resulted from want of knowledge, feeling or attention. He himself often made mistakes of the first kind, even when playing in public." (Beethoven: Impressions by his contemporaries, O.G. Sonneck, ed. c1967, of 1926.)
I believe that if Beethoven were at your shoulder as your teacher, he could and would not fault you for mistakes of the second kind. Your playing in both of these recordings is fluid, expressive, and done with obvious understanding of the material. I'm sorry I missed WoO 65 the first time around. Thank you for sharing the link! Don't let anything or anyone change the way that you play!
Next question: Do you play, or are you perhaps working on, Beethoven's Piano Sonata Opus 28, "Pastorale"? Man, I would love to hear that one from you with your current set-up of playing/instrument/tuning/room/mic'ing. If you take requests, or, if you have your tip jar on the music desk...
P.S. One of my older listeners wheeled herself up to the piano and said, "I'll give you a nickel if you play 'Stardust.'" I said, "I'll to it for free!" That's what I mean about the tip jar. I'm sure the Pastorale would be worth much more than a nickle, but you know what I mean.