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Steinway Legends - Alfred Brendel


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000743302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue [Brendel] combines a very personal voice with affecting Classical dignity.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [5/1985]


Each time he has revisited these works, whether in recordings or in concert, a lively debate has ensued about the respective merits of early, middle, or recent Brendel. Unlike many, I'm struck by the consistency of his approach, most obvious in the sound he creates, which is effortlessly transparent, lucid, and orchestral in its attention to inflecting inner voices. His playing is always thoughtful and never exaggerated, with a profound understanding of the overall arch of each work... The "Appassionata" also benefits from Brendel's musical and
Read more technical discipline, which respects form and harmonic tension.

-- Michael Fine, FANFARE [3/2002]
reviewing the Appassionata previously reissued as part of Philips 464680
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1794-95 
3.
Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Pieces (3) for Piano, D 946: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
6.
Nocturne for Piano, S 207 "En rêve" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
7.
R. W. - Venezia, S 201 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
8.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 7, Après une lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783 

Sound Samples

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 3. Allegro molto
Fragment of a Fantasia in C Minor, K396
3 Klavierstücke, D.946: No.2 in E flat (Allegretto)
Nuages gris, S.199
En reve, nocturne, S.207
Richard-Wagner - Venezia, S.201
Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année: Italie, S.161: 7. Après un lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 2. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 -"Für Elise"
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 1. Des Abends
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 2. Aufschwung
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 3. Warum?
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 4. Grillen
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 5. In der Nacht
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 6. Fabel
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 7. Traumes-Wirren
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 8. Ende vom Lied
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 2. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 3. Allegretto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 A Great Recording to enjoy over and over. September 26, 2012 By M. Vega (Mounds View, MN) See All My Reviews "When it comes to music, I like to think that I can pick a good piece of music to enjoy over and over. This is why I am writing this review; this is it. I am sure,once you play these 2 dics you will keep playing them. I recommend you purchase this and give it a listen." Report Abuse
 classic brendel September 20, 2012 By j. adams (vinalhaven, ME) See All My Reviews "excellent, powerful and superb" Report Abuse
 5 Star Sheer Delight!! September 11, 2012 By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) See All My Reviews "This 2 cd set of Alfred Brendel playing various works is simply outstanding. The recorded sound is breathtaking-very vivid and up close. It's like Alfred Brendel giving one their own personal concert.
I must say that of all the works on the recording, the Liszt selections were the least familiar. The Bach, Mozart and Beethoven are the gems on the recording. The clarity and articulation of the playing is stunning. Highly Recommended!!"
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