First all-Australian recording
In October 2010, ABC Classics released the final recording in this monumental project, Beethoven’s “33 Variations on a waltz theme by Anton Diabelli” (the CD also features Andante favori and Für Elise). Listening into the sound Willems produces with the Stuart & Sons piano, you instantly understand that Beethoven didn’t write the Diabelli Variations to be played on an 1820s piano.
Australia’s award-winning Beethoven collection
The first all-Australian recording of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, 5 piano concertos and the Diabelli Variations is a multi-award winning package.
They feature Australia’s leading Beethoven interpreter, Gerard Willems, and the revolutionary Australian-designed Stuart & Sons piano. Together, they give the greatest piano music ever written a unique and authentic Australian voice.
Acclaimed internationally, these landmark recordings are a must for all lovers of great music and Beethoven fans will be in their element. They are released on Australia’s premier classical music label, ABC Classics.
THE 32 PIANO SONATAS
This 9 CD set of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas won 2 ARIA Awards in 1999 and 2000...
THE 5 PIANO CONCERTOS
The 3 CD set of Beethoven’s 5 piano concertos was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2004...
EMPEROR CONCERTO ON DVD
This DVD performance of Beethoven’s iconic “Emperor” piano concerto won the International DVD Association’s award for Music Excellence in 2005...