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From the Publisher"Me of All People is rather what one might expect from a talk with this pianist—it is erudite, wide-ranging and a little dry. . . . While parts of the book may be a little technical for non-musicians, the force of Brendel's intellect is a welcome change from the usual pabulum dished up in interviews with 'star' performers."—Washington Post Book World, 1/26/03
"It should go without saying that Me of All People, which summarizes much that Brendel has said elsewhere about composers, performing, and other pianists, is a compendium of observations that will entertain music lovers. It could serve as a model of how such books should be presented."—Michael Kimmelman, The New York Review of Books, Vol. L, No. 10
"This provocative book, written in his 70th year, reveals just how different Alfred Brendel was, and his, from his keyboard colleagues, in more respects than merely his unique mastery of the Central-European piano repertoire."—Michael Church, Financial Times, December 2002.
"I think you will find everything readable and stimulating."—Vroon, American Record Guide, Jan/Feb. 2003.
"Today, it is harder than ever for aspiring performers to sustain successful careers. For them, Me of All People offers much timely insight. Brendel . . . shares a lifetime of wisdom on such topics as the importance of virtuosity, the changing tastes of audiences, the relevance of critical reviews, and the challenges of recording. As a bonus, alert readers can glean valuable lessons about life."—Richard Bobo, American Music Teacher, December/January 2003/2004