Ludwig van Beethoven

Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46

    Description by Peter Bates

    When Beethoven wrote these charming variations on Mozart's aria ("In Men Who Know the Feeling of Love") about love sweetening every trouble, he was 31. Some have speculated that he shared Papageno's yearning for a soulmate. Ferdinand Ries quipped that he'd heard Beethoven had been in love for a particularly long time, "seven whole months." Whatever the case, Mozart's music must have impressed Beethoven more than its words. For the sake of thematic consistency, he even leaves out the aria's tenderest moment (when Papageno and Pamina sing "Mann und Weib"). His variations create a beguiling variety of moods: melancholic, haunting, determined. The final one seems related to the drama and melody of his Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 5 (written a few years earlier) and to the glistening musculature his later works.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Thema. Andante
    2. Variation 1.
    3. Variation 2.
    4. Variation 3.
    5. Variation 4.
    6. Variation 5. Si prendre il tempo un poco pìu vivo
    7. Variation 6. Adagio
    8. Variation 7. Allegro ma non troppo - Coda

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2019
    Linn Records
    CKD 627
    2019
    Orchid Classics
    ORC 100095
    2018
    Audite
    AUD 23440
    2018
    Nimbus Alliance
    NI 6362
    2017
    TYX Art
    TXA 17088
    2017
    Praga / Praga Digitals
    PRD 250372
    2016
    Orlando Records
    OR 0023
    2016
    Onyx Classics
    ONYX 4178
    2016
    Evidence / Evidence Classics
    EVCD 015
    2016
    Erato
    0190295951139
    2016
    Centaur Records
    CRC 3535
    2016
    Nimbus Alliance
    NI 6319
    2015
    Danacord
    DACOCD 738
    2015
    Melodiya
    MELCD 1002273
    2015
    Pentatone / PentaTone Classics
    PTC 5186475
    2015
    Warner Classics
    0825646134601
    2015
    Blue Griffin Recording
    BG 369
    2015
    Naïve
    V 5387
    2015
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4794647
    2015
    Sony Classics
    513074
    2014
    Hyperion
    CDA 679812
    2014
    Centaur Records
    CRC 3322232425
    2014
    Harmonia Mundi
    HMC 90218384
    2014
    Querstand
    QUE 1406
    2014
    Fontenay Classics
    FCI 005
    2013
    Brilliant Classics
    94624
    2013
    Various Artists
    Brilliant Classics
    94630
    2013
    MSR Classics
    MS 1486
    2013
    Warner Classics
    2013
    Genuin
    GEN 13541
    2013
    Regis Records
    RRC 1193
    2013
    Sony Classical
    88765438572
    2012
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099970490
    2012
    Deutsche Grammophon
    001649002
    2012
    Regis Records
    RRC 2092
    2012
    Genuin
    GEN 12235
    2012
    Praga
    DSD 250293
    2011
    Paladino Music
    PMR0011
    2011
    Various Artists
    Brilliant Classics
    94052
    2011
    Documents / Membran
    233075
    2011
    Divox
    CDX25212/3
    2011
    Accord
    2011
    Divox
    CDX 552572
    2011
    Crystal Records Dist.
    CD 823
    2011
    Haenssler
    93272
    2010
    Hyperion
    67755
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2010
    Bridge
    9329
    2010
    Telos
    51
    2010
    Genuin
    86075
    2010
    DA Records / Zebralution
    2010
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    509996886272
    2009
    Sony Classical
    752307
    2009
    Dorian
    90910
    2009
    Denon Records
    2009
    Apex
    4692237
    2009
    Brilliant Classics
    93895
    2009
    Telarc Distribution
    80740
    2009
    Telarc Distribution
    2008
    EMI Classics
    217304
    2008
    Blue Griffin Recording
    171
    2008
    Saphir Productions
    1022
    2008
    Regent
    807/08
    2008
    Alphée / Zebralution
    2008
    Madacy Entertainment
    53888
    2007
    Musicaphon
    56870
    2007
    Cascade Records
    2200
    2007
    Brilliant Classics
    93525
    2007
    EMI Classics
    3777672
    2007
    EMI Classics
    87739
    2007
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099950416
    2007
    VAI Audio
    1261
    2006
    Eroica Distribution
    3227
    2006
    Eroica Distribution
    3300
    2006
    Deutsche Grammophon
    477 6266GOM2
    2006
    Fazer / Finlandia
    2006
    Novalis
    150181
    2006
    Gramola
    GRAM 98801/2
    2006
    Artek
    25-2
    2006
    Marquis Classics
    83102
    2005
    Berlin Classics
    0013492
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics
    7243586242
    2005
    Naïve
    V4995
    2005
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    5164952
    2005
    Channel Classics
    22605
    2005
    Danacord
    333
    2005
    Philips
    000395802
    2005
    Accord
    4767786
    2005
    Nimbus
    5741
    2005
    Classico
    548/50
    2005
    Artek
    22
    2004
    ECM
    000338902
    2004
    EtCetera Records
    1253
    2004
    Definitive Records
    11111
    2004
    Gallo
    1133
    2003
    EMI Classics
    2003
    Music & Arts
    MACD1113
    2003
    Music & Arts
    CD1113
    2003
    Delos
    3326
    2002
    Naxos
    8110195
    2002
    Naxos
    8555785
    2002
    Live Classics
    201
    2002
    Classica d'Oro
    9003
    2002
    Pearl
    0168
    2001
    Centaur Records
    2729
    2001
    EMI Music Distribution
    569422
    2001
    Arkadia
    78593
    2001
    Talent Records
    291065
    2001
    EMI Music Distribution
    74447
    2000
    Bayer Records
    100210
    2000
    CBC Records
    2018
    1999
    Angel Records
    73332
    1999
    Monopoly
    2004
    1999
    Harmonia Mundi
    HMX290 8030/2
    1999
    Fono Enterprise
    99385
    1998
    Naxos
    554356
    1998
    Sony Music Distribution
    63360
    1997
    Albany Music Distribution
    268/269
    1997
    Deutsche Grammophon
    453748
    1997
    Channel Classics
    6494
    1997
    Harmonia Mundi
    1901180
    1997
    Channel Classics
    06
    1996
    Berlin Classics
    0011672
    1996
    Hyperion
    22004
    1996
    Deutsche Grammophon
    453 013-2GTA2
    1996
    EBS
    6030
    1995
    Arabesque
    6656
    1995
    Centaur Records
    2632
    1994
    Philips
    442 565-2PM2
    1994
    Albany Music Distribution
    116
    1994
    Naxos
    550479
    1994
    Sony Classical
    58985
    1994
    Centaur Records
    CRC2642/3
    1994
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    7243568132
    1994
    EBS
    EBS 6027
    1993
    Sony Music Distribution
    53240
    1993
    Pearl
    9935
    1992
    EMI Music Distribution
    64057
    1992
    Deutsche Grammophon
    431801
    1991
    Sony Music Distribution
    46724
    1989
    CBS Masterworks / CBS Records / Columbia
    MK 44796
    1988
    Hyperion
    66282
    1988
    EMI Music Distribution
    63015
    1987
    CBS Records
    42446
    1986
    CBS Records
    42121
    Lys
    380/381
    Reflex Editions
    Brilliant
    93525/29
    Americus Records
    19961001
    Finlandia
    Avie
    2103
    Cascade Records
    2241
    Amado Classics
    03024
    Accord
    204302
    Brioso Recordings
    100
    Classica d'Oro
    4005
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    87378
    Orion
    7819
    Pilz
    160263
    Euromusica
    003
    Fono Enterprise
    99360
    Fono Enterprise
    99397
    Grammofono 2000
    78589/90
    Pearl
    9461
    SNE
    563
    Anthony Elliott
    Various Artists
    Virgin Classics
    094635706222
    Madacy Entertainment
    53889