Stewart Goodyear gained rave reviews with the release of his Beethoven:
Complete Piano Notes: Sonatas (MAR 513), as well as releases of
Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas (MAR 511) and The Late Sonatas (MAR 507).
He continues his exploration of Beethoven's piano repertoire with a
brilliant recording of 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op.
Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are considered to be one of the greatest
sets of variations for keyboard, along with J.S. Bach's Goldberg
Variations. Beethoven's approach to the theme of Diabelli's waltz is to
take some of its smallest elements and build upon them pieces of great
imagination, power and subtlety.
Stewart Goodyear says: "Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are both
brilliant and profound, bridging the gap of popular versus artistic,
virtuosic versus poetic, and earthy versus otherworldly."