Schubert  |  Brahms  |  DEL Tredici


Beth Levin Piano




BRIGHT CIRCLE is an exquisitely programmed showcase of the interconnectivity underlying the tradition of solo piano in Classical music. Pianist Beth Levin shines as she navigates the romantic masterpieces of Schubert and Brahms, and their very new counterpart – David Del Tredici’s 2014 work, Ode To Music.


Levin’s performance is particularly remarkable in the way she places the Del Tredici within the context of Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 20 and Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Del Tredici’s music is an excellent choice to be set alongside two romantic stalwarts, as it aims to recapture the expressive language of nineteenth century European composers.


Beyond this general association, all three works on BRIGHT CIRCLE truly are kindred spirits. Schubert and Brahms belong to the same tradition of German romanticism that arose and matured in the early- and mid-nineteenth century. Ode to Music is a fantasy on Schubert’s art song An die Musik. Essentially, BRIGHT CIRCLE is defined by music that takes older ideas and reconstitutes them in a new, transformative setting. This is certainly the case with Brahms’ Variations, which serves as BRIGHT CIRCLE’s backbone.


By the time Brahms set to work on this piece in the late 1850s, large sets of variations for piano were a common form for Romantic composers to flex their muscles. However, Brahms departed from the grandeur typical of these precedents – namely, Beethoven’s famed Diabelli Variations – and challenged himself to study and assimilate aspects of Baroque forms into his treatment of Handel’s theme. The melody at the heart of the variations originated in a work for harpsichord, and Brahms’ appreciation of this fact is evident in restrained virtuosity of his piano writing.




This album is full of homage – Brahms borrowing from Handel, and Del Tredici borrows from Schubert in Ode to Music


This album offers a unique opportunity to make a side-by-side comparison between the late contemporary, neo-romantic style of Del Tredici’s music with the original nineteenth century aesthetic that inspires it


Debuting as a child prodigy with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age twelve, Levin was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Shure and Dorothy Taubman, Another of her teachers, Paul Badura-Skoda, praised Levin as a pianist of rare qualities and the highest professional caliber


“Levin plays with a rare percussive audacity, making notes and phrases that usually rush by in the background stand out in high relief.” - The New Yorker


Levin has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra







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 Beth Levin

Release Date March, 2017

Catalog #: NV6074





Franz Schubert

Piano Sonata No.20, D.959


01  I. Allegro

02  II. Andantino

03  III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace

04  IV. Rondo. Allegretto


Johannes Brahms

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24


05  Aria

06  Variation I

07  Variation II animato

08  Variation III piano dolce

09  Variation IV risoluto

10  Variation V  espressivo

11  Variation VI

12  Variation VII  con vivacita

13  Variation VIII

14  Variation IX poco sostenuto

15  Variation X

16  Variation XI

17  Variation XII

18  Variation XIII  Largamente, ma non piu

19  Variation XIV

20  Variation XV

21  Variation XVI

22  Variation XVII Piu mosso

23  Variation XVIII

24  Variation XIX leggiero e vivace

25  Variation XX

26  Variation XXI

27  Variation XXII

28  Variation XXIII

29  Variation XXIV

30  Variation XXV

31  Fugue


David Del Tredici

32  Ode To Music





All tracks recorded July and August 2016 at Peter Karl studio

in Brooklyn NY


Recording Session Producer Neil Rynston


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Alex Bourne

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Mastering Shaun Michaud

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Scott Murphy



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