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Liszt: Sonata In B Minor, Etc / Brendel

Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000943002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Focusing on the score rather than the show, Alfred Brendel communicates and organizes the Liszt Sonata's structural threads and contrapuntal interest with forthright intensity, concentration, and integrity. That said, we still must deal with the pianist's bleak, bloodless tone in loud passages, and a lack of the kind of effortless sweep and long, singing line in bravura passages we hear from Argerich, Arrau, Bolet, and Richter. Still, this 1991 recording gains a soupçon of presence and color via Philips' "original masters" refurbishing.

Heard alongside Brendel's more distantly miked 1981 Philips Liszt Sonata, the remake essentially preserves a similar interpretive game plan, but with differing details. Just a
Read more few examples: the stringendo chord leaps and broken octaves (track 2, 8:12) and the fughetta come off less urgent and incisive than before, yet transitional passages are more flexible, fluid, and harmonically pointed; in the Funérailles Brendel takes trouble over the alternating left-hand booming bass notes and chords in order to rub the grim funeral march in your face, and rightly so; also notice how the central episode's fully voiced right-hand chords and galloping left-hand octaves interact in dialogue, in contrast to all those pianists who barnstorm their way through the music. Brendel also captures the late works' foreboding qualities, save for a rather cut-and-dried, poker-faced En rêve. The booklet includes Brendel's own heartfelt, insightful annotations.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Kleine Klavierstücke (5), S 192: no 4 in F sharp major, Andantino by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1879; Rome, Italy 
Nocturne for Piano, S 207 "En ręve" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
R. W. - Venezia, S 201 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Brendel is the master December 31, 2013 By Jan Arnold (CHICAGO, IL) See All My Reviews "This recording by Alfred Brendel of the Liszt Sonata and some other works shows us once again, as do his recordings of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, that Alfred Brendel is the greatest interpreter of these composers we have ever had. Whenever I play a Brendel recording of these masters, it always makes me ask why I even bother to play my many other recordings of the same works. He lives and breathes the essence of these pieces, making them emanate, through the air, their messages without a misstep or flaw in their forward thrust and power. For this repertoir, Brendel is peerless. A Global treasure." Report Abuse
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