Following on his acclaimed recordings of Beethovens sonatas, sonatinas and bagatelles, Ronald Brautigam here presents the first disc of four with variations, comprising works composed between 1796 and 1802. The Eroica variations Op.35 is on a much larger scale than any of the variations he had written before, and Beethoven himself described it as a work in a wholly new style. Brautigam has used two different fortepianos on this recording: the earlier works are played on an instrument by Paul McNulty after Walter & Sohn c.1805, while the Op.35 set is performed on another by the same maker, after Conrad Graf c.1819.
A must for those interested in the byways of Beethoven's keyboard music 5*/5* --Misha Donat - BBC Music Magazine
Brautigam's interpretations are stunning. He brings stylish character and life to each of the small variation sets and never misses a trick, so to speak… He also gives one of the finest recorded performances of the Eroica Variations… Raise a glass to this terrific disc and wish Brautigam well as he faces the Diabelli Variations on the not-too-distant horizon. --- Gramophone Choice --Jed Distler, Gramophone