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Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Berg, Busoni / Brendel

Release Date: 02/14/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426814   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Joseph HaydnLudwig van BeethovenFranz Liszt,   ... 
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The opening Adagio sostenuto of the Moonlight Sonata is most beautifully sustained and shaped... Of the Haydn Variations, I can only say that I'd never before fully realized what riches lay behind these so often impersonally dismissed notes.

This is an exceptionally generous disc, in length (as long as the average full-scale platform programme), in substance and, of course, in its charitable intent. I particularly enjoyed the chance of hearing Brendel in an assortment of works that very few of his live recitals nowadays would allow us to hear all at one sitting.

Nothing is actually new. The Beethoven and Busoni performances in fact date right back to 1972. Of these I preferred Busoni's formidable
Read more three-sectioned Toccata, not only for the arresting imaginative vividness of the playing but also the quality of the sound itself—recorded live in Vienna's Grosser Konzerthaussaal. There's a touch of plumminess about the Moonlight, with resonance somehow taking the edge off the sharp-cut, tingling finale. But the opening Adagio sostenuto is most beautifully sustained and shaped. Bach's Italian Concerto, recorded in 1976, is very welcome, since I can remember a time when Brendel even threatened to reserve this composer for private performance only. His slow tempo for the Andante is wholly justified by the intensity of his melodic line—in contrast to the light-fingered grace of the unhurried opening Allegro and the artfully pointed liveliness of repartee in the finale. The mingled sorrow, pride and protest of Liszt's ''Funerailles'' (which he first recorded in his early twenties) come up as graphically as ever in this live 1981 performance (again Vienna's Grosser Konzerthaussaal), and he extracts the last drop of despair from Berg's remarkable Op. 1 even if some of the more frenetic climaxes perhaps need more time to expand—and fuller sonority up at the top. That dates from 1982, three years before the recital's most recent recording, Haydn's F minor Variations. Of this, I can only say that I'd never before fully realized what riches lay behind these so often impersonally dismissed notes.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1976 
Venue:  London 
Length: 13 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1985 
Venue:  London 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Venue:  London 
Length: 16 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Toccata for Piano, K 287 "Preludio, Fantasia, Ciacona" by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  London 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Keyboard Sonata (Variations in F minor), H 17 no 6 (Haydn)
Piano Sonata no 14 "Moonlight" (Beethoven): I. Adagio sostenuto

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