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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

The View from Here: My (radio) guest tonight — pianist Diane Walsh on “33 Variations” and . . . 33 Variations

 

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Monday 30 March 2009 — 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. CST
Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner
The distinguished and clear-seeing American pianist Diane Walsh discusses her work as onstage pianist and musical director of Moisés Kaufman's new play on Broadway, 33 Variations (starring Jane Fonda), as well as her own recent recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations — also titled 33 Variations — on Jonathan Digital Recordings.
Kaufman's play involves a search for the reasons behind Beethoven's devoting so much of his time in his later life to creating the 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, his Op. 120, for piano solo. It's a marvelous production, under Kaufman's own direction, skillfully weaving Beethoven's music — performed live at the Steinway by Diane Walsh — with a fine cast at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre through May 24th only. And Diane Walsh's own recording of the Diabelli is fresh and revealing.
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