Spring in his step
with BASIL RAMSEY
ASV CD QS 6248
Beethoven perpetuated the name of Diabelli, a minor composer born near
Salzburg of Italian extraction, by composing his remarkable 33 Variations
on a waltz of Diabelli. Nonetheless, he was an excellent musician and
a shrewd music publisher. His own music also indicates a creator with a
flair for the unexpected which, in part, is evident in these Serenades.
The chosen instruments -- flute, clarinet, and guitar -- create a trio of
clear textures delineated by the tone colours. Diabelli's naturalness as
a composer enables him to provide endless gradations of colour and density.
The music gains a spring in its step from this vitality, and thereby becomes
a pleasure to play and hear.
Copyright © 10 January 2001
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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