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Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven
     

Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven

by Alfred Brendel
 
How did Alfred Brendel, the pianist who has recorded the complete piano sonatas and the complete concertos of Beethoven an incredible three times each in a career of more than 50 years, decide which recordings to pick for this two-disc Beethoven collection? Always an intellect of startling lucidity and a virtuoso of staggering ability,

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How did Alfred Brendel, the pianist who has recorded the complete piano sonatas and the complete concertos of Beethoven an incredible three times each in a career of more than 50 years, decide which recordings to pick for this two-disc Beethoven collection? Always an intellect of startling lucidity and a virtuoso of staggering ability, Brendel has decided against anything from the '60s and '70s -- with one exception, these recordings are all from the middle to late '90s -- thereby excluding his most severe performances in favor of his most later, more approachable performances. This is fine as far as it goes. Brendel's 1996 "Sonata in E major, Op. 109," is certainly more lyrical than his rigid earlier recordings and his 1993 "Waldstein Sonata, Op. 53," is likewise surely more serene than his rushed earlier recordings. But Brendel's 1995 "Sonata, Op. 111," is just as hard and unrelentingly as any of his earlier accounts, while his 1997 "Concerto, Op. 58," with Simon Rattle leading the Vienna Philharmonic is unfortunately more wayward and unaccountably far more self-indulgent than either of his earlier accounts. Listeners who already know Brendel's approach to Beethoven probably already know all of these recordings. Listeners who don't already know Brendel's approach to Beethoven, this set will be a handy way to decide if it appeals sufficiently to hear more. Philips' piano sound is as Philips' piano sound always is -- tremendously clean and terrifically clear.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028947571827
catalogNumber:
000568202

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Tracks

  1. Bagatelles (6) for piano, Op. 126
  2. Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
  3. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
  4. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  5. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53

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