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Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations (2023)
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Beethoven wrote in his diary that he wanted “to show the British what a treasure they have in God Save the King”, a reference to his set of variations on the national anthem, composed in 1803. Sarah Beth Briggs recorded the virtuoso set precisely one month before the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, and the recording heralds the coronation of King Charles III in May 2023.

The lesser-known Variations on an Original Theme in F major (1802) represent Beethoven the revolutionary. Uniquely, each variation was written in a different key which would have jarred the ears of the composer’s contemporaries.

Sarah Beth Briggs’ collection of Variations underlines a lineage of the genre through the classical and romantic eras. Opening the programme is 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport by Mozart, whom Beethoven greatly admired. The work takes a theme by cellist Jean-Pierre Duport, chamber music director of the court of the Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm II, from whom the composer hoped to gain favour. Mendelssohn’s Variations Serieuses was written as a tribute to Beethoven, and was included in an album of works that raised funds for the now famous bronze statue of Beethoven in Bonn. Mendelssohn’s near contemporary Brahms paid tribute to his troubled friend Robert Schumann, using a melody from Bunte Blätter (“Colourful Leaves”) in his poignant Variations on a Theme by Schumann.

Tracklist:

1-1. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Tema (01:25)
1-2. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation I (01:12)
1-3. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation II (01:15)
1-4. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation III (01:21)
1-5. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation IV (01:28)
1-6. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation V (01:38)
1-7. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation VI (01:47)
1-8. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation VII (01:09)
1-9. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation VIII. Adagio (02:04)
1-10. Sarah Beth Briggs – 9 Variations on a Minuet by Jean-Pierre Duport, K. 573: Variation IX – Allegro – Tempo primo (02:08)
1-11. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Tema (01:06)
1-12. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation I (00:50)
1-13. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation II (00:46)
1-14. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation III (00:52)
1-15. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation IV (00:54)
1-16. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation V. Con espressione (01:21)
1-17. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation VI. Allegro. Alla marcia (01:03)
1-18. Sarah Beth Briggs – 7 Variations on ‘God Save The King’, WoO 78: Variation VII – [Allegro] – Adagio – Allegro (02:36)
1-19. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Tema. Adagio, Cantabile (01:39)
1-20. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Variation I (01:53)
1-21. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Variation II. Allegro, ma non troppo (01:08)
1-22. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Variation III. Allegretto (01:14)
1-23. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Variation IV. Tempo di Minuetto (01:50)
1-24. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Variation V. Marcia. Allgretto (02:22)
1-25. Sarah Beth Briggs – 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major, Op. 34: Variation VII – Allegretto – Adagio molto (05:06)
1-26. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Theme (00:46)
1-27. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation I (00:33)
1-28. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation II. Un poco più animato (00:32)
1-29. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation III. Più animato (00:23)
1-30. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation IV (00:23)
1-31. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation V. Agitato (00:29)
1-32. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation VI. A tempo (00:26)
1-33. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation VII (00:26)
1-34. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation VIII. Allegro vivace (00:20)
1-35. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation IX (00:26)
1-36. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation X. Moderato (00:48)
1-37. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XI (00:45)
1-38. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XII. Tempo di Tema (00:41)
1-39. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XIII (00:57)
1-40. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XIV. Adagio (01:18)
1-41. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XV. Poco a poco più agitato (00:30)
1-42. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XVI. Allegro vivace (00:21)
1-43. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations sérieuses, Op. 54 MWV U 156: Variation XVII. [Allegro vivace] – Presto (02:56)
1-44. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Tema. Ziemlich langsam (01:16)
1-45. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation I (01:19)
1-46. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation II. Poco più moto (00:29)
1-47. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation III. Tempo di tema (01:12)
1-48. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation IV. Poco più moto (00:43)
1-49. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation V. Allegro capriccioso (00:53)
1-50. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation VI. Allegro (00:56)
1-51. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation VII. Andante (01:04)
1-52. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation VIII. Andante (non troppo lento) (01:48)
1-53. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation IX. Schnell (00:40)
1-54. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation X. Poco adagio (02:41)
1-55. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation XI. Un poco più animato (00:45)
1-56. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation XII. Allegretto, poco scherzando (00:46)
1-57. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation XIII. Non troppo presto (00:35)
1-58. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation XIV. Andante (01:09)
1-59. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation XV. Poco adagio (02:06)
1-60. Sarah Beth Briggs – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 9: Variation XVI. [Adagio] (02:52)

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