Hear a clip from Beethoven's Six Bagatelles
Daniel-Ben Pienaar performs
Beethoven's Diabelli Variations is a solo piano work on a grand scale and on this recording, on the Avie label, pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, couples the Variations with Beethoven's Six Bagatelles.
His recording received four stars in the Christmas issue of BBC Music Magazine and our critic Michael Tanner wrote: 'For some reason the Bagatelles Op. 126, one of Beethoven's most sublime set of pieces, tend to be overlooked, perhaps owing to their name and because they are only about 18 minutes long… Pienaar certainly holds his own in these gentle, smiling, quirky pieces which nonetheless are as profound as many of the later more portentous works.'
Audio clip: from Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, No. 1 in G: Andante con moto
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
Daniel-Ben Pienaar (piano)
Avie AV2260 67:34 mins