Robot Beethoven

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Westminster strikes again with a bizarro sleeve for Daniel Barenboim’s recording of the enigmatic Diabelli Variations. The winning entry in Anton Diabelli’s competition to see who could compose the best 32 variations on a simple original theme, Beethoven’s response was a monumental series (it would become an integral part of the solo repertoire) and appeared in 1824 as Op. 120. The composer is made up here to resemble some kind of cake-topper robot monster with an angry face, and there’s nothing not strange about any of it.

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