One facet of Beethoven’s genius was his gift for taking something slight and building it into an epic masterpiece. Such is the case with the little waltz theme by Diabelli upon which Beethoven constructed a colossal set of variations that journey from the comic to the profound.
BEETHOVEN Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.