Sarah Beth Briggs: Variations

March 28, 2023, 9:00 am

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Variations by British pianist Sarah Beth Briggs traces a lineage of the genre through the Classical and Romantic eras, from Mozart and Beethoven to Mendelssohn and Brahms, and includes Beethoven’s mighty variations on the British national anthem, God Save the King, composed in 1803. Beethoven wrote in his diary that he wanted “to show the British what a treasure they have” in the anthem. Briggs recorded the virtuoso set precisely one month before the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, and the recording heralds the coronation of King Charles III in May 2023.