Alfred Brendel

Biography

Born: January 5, 1931  
Alfred Brendel is the preeminent thinking pianist, a loner to whom fame came through the power of imaginative integrity, an artist who has achieved -- at his best -- a divinatory rapport with piano literature from Bach to Schoenberg. Yet by his account, "I did not come from a musical or intellectual family....I have not been a child prodigy. I do not have a photographic memory; neither do I play faster than other people. I am not a good Read more sight-reader." Born in Wiesenberg, Moravia -- in the latter-day Czech Republic -- in 1931, he received piano lessons from ages 6 to 16, as the family moved from Zagreb to Graz, and studied composition privately while supporting himself in a variety of odd jobs. Brendel was among the first generation to learn from recordings, the legacies of Cortot, Kempff, Schnabel, Furtwängler, and Toscanini proving especially valuable. Master classes with Eduard Steuermann -- a pupil of Busoni and Schoenberg -- and Edwin Fischer crowned his scarce tuition. A 1948 debut recital in Graz marked the beginning of his career, launched by taking a prize at the Busoni Competition in Bolzano in 1949. Busoni's example, his mysticism and Faustian striving, fascinated the young Brendel -- he recorded Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica in the early 1950s -- but proved a detour while prompting an extraordinary insight into the music of Liszt. The ensnaring and gradual liberation from Busoni's influence may be traced in the several essays Brendel wrote about him in Musical Thoughts & After-Thoughts. Fischer came to mean more. "With Fischer," Brendel wrote in 1960, "one was in more immediate contact with the music: there was no curtain before the soul when he communicated with the audience. One other musician, Furtwängler, conveyed to the same degree this sensation of music not being played, but rather happening by itself." Armed with such ideals, Brendel embarked upon an international recital and recording career which, in the decade of the 1960s, saw his reputation grow throughout Europe and North America as he became a frequent guest with the world's greatest orchestras. He performed the entire cycle of Beethoven sonatas in London's Wigmore Hall in 1962, and recorded them for Vox. In the 1970s he became an exclusive Philips artist, touring and recording prolifically, not only the Classical masters -- Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann -- but Liszt, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, and Schoenberg, and garnering numerous awards. He has published a volume of comedic poetry. In 2004 he appeared in concert with his son, cellist Adrian Brendel. Read less

Biography

Born: January 5, 1931  
Alfred Brendel is the preeminent thinking pianist, a loner to whom fame came through the power of imaginative integrity, an artist who has achieved -- at his best -- a divinatory rapport with piano literature from Bach to Schoenberg. Yet by his account, "I did not come from a musical or intellectual family....I have not been a child prodigy. I do not have a photographic memory; neither do I play faster than other people. I am not a good Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 3. Allegro marziale animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 2. Allegro moderato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 3. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 4. Allegro animato
Lento assai - Allegro energico
Andante sostenuto
Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai
Legende S.175 No.1 St. Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds
Legende S.175 No.2 St. Francis de Paule walking on the water
Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D, K.175 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D, K.175 - 2. Andante ma un poco adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D, K.175 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - 2. Andante un poco adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, K.365 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, K.365 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, K.365 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - 3. Tempo di menuetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 "Jeunehomme" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 "Jeunehomme" - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau (Presto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.13 in C, K.415 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.13 in C, K.415 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.13 in C, K.415 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 1. Allegretto grazioso
Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 2. (Andante)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro di molto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 2. Andante un poco sostenuto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 3. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 2. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 3. Allegro - Andante cantabile - Tempo I
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 2. (Larghetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 3. Allegro
1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
4. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 in D, D.850 - 1. Allegro vivace
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 in D, D.850 - 2. Con moto
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 in D, D.850 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.17 in D, D.850 - 4. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D.784 - 1. Allegro giusto
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D.784 - 2. Andante
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D.784 - 3. Allegro vivace
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 1. Allegro
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 2. Andantino
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D.958 - 1. Allegro
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D.958 - 2. Adagio
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D.958 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D.958 - 4. Allegro
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.1 in C (Moderato)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.2 in A flat (Andantino)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.3 in F minor (Allegro moderato)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.4 in C sharp minor (Moderato)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.5 in F minor (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.6 in A flat (Allegretto)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 1. Moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 2. Andante, poco mosso
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio (Un poco piů lento)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.16 in A minor, D.845 - 4. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.1 in E flat minor (Allegro assai)
Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.2 in E flat (Allegretto)
Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.3 in C (Allegro)
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.2 in E flat: Allegro
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.3 in G flat: Andante
Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.4 in A flat: Allegretto
Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato
Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.2 in A flat: Allegretto
Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with Variations
Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 1. Molto moderato e cantabile
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 2. Andante
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro moderato)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 4. Allegretto
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C, D.840 - 1. Moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C, D.840 - 2. Andante
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 1. Molto moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 2. Andante sostenuto
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - 1. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - 2. Adagio
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - 3. Presto
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major "Wanderer" - 4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Prestissimo
1. Allegro vivace
2. Largo appassionato
3. Scherzo (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Grazioso)
1. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Largo, con gran espressione
3. Allegro
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro assai
1. Allegro molto e con brio
2. Adagio molto
3. Finale (Prestissimo)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto
3. Presto
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
2. Adagio cantabile
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Presto
2. Largo e mesto
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio con molto espressione
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Andante con variazioni
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
4. Allegro
1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
2. Allegro molto e vivace
3. Adagio con espressione
4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto
1. Adagio sostenuto
2. Allegretto
3. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio grazioso
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
1. Largo - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)
3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
4. Presto con fuoco
1. Andante
2. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Tempo di Menuetto
1. Allegro con brio
2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
2. Allegretto
1. Allegro assai
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegro vivace
1. Presto alla tedesca
2. Andante
3. Vivace
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
2. Abwesendheit (Andante espressivo)
3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente)
1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossen- heit (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
3. Adagio sostenuto
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
2. Prestissimo
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Adagio
2. Finale: a) Allegro - Meno allegro - Allegro molto - Adagio ma non troppo - Marcia, assai vivace
2. Finale: b) Allegro - Allegretto ma non troppo (quasi Andante con moto) - Presto
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.94 - No.1 Nicht schnell
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.94 - No.2 Einfach, innig
Schumann: 3 Romances, Op.94 - No.3 Nicht schnell
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 2. Lebhaft, leicht
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro


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