Every Summer the 250-year-old castle of Schwetzingen, just outside the German city of Heidelberg, plays host to a music festival. The stars of today and, hopefully, tomorrow take part - as they have done since the festival began in 1952.
In this recital the Hungarian-born pianist Andras Schiff plays one of Beethoven's most remarkable works - his 'Diabelli' variations. A perky little waltz by Anton Diabelli, one of Beethoven's Viennese contemporaries, provides him with a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging exploration of how far he could stretch the idea of a theme and variations. Beethoven's imaginative genius takes us to places that seem a very long way indeed from Diabelli's little tune.
Andras Schiff (piano)
BEETHOVEN: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C Op 120.