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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas - Moonlight, Appasionata, Etc / Alfred Brendel


Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1016   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brendel's virtuosity was in top form when these recordings were taped in Vienna for Vox in the '60s, and his execution of such well-known terrors as the finales of the "Moonlight" and "Appassionata" is almost unbearably thrilling.

This collection of Beethoven's four most popular piano sonatas may not be every listener's first choice for the works -- there are, after all, great recordings out there stretching from Schnabel through Kempff to Pollini -- but it may be the first choice for many Alfred Brendel fans. These were the Moravian pianist's first recordings of the "Pathétique," "Moonlight," "Les Adieux," and "Appassionata" sonatas, and in many ways,
Read more they were his best. Part of the reason is that Brendel's virtuosity was in top form when these recordings were taped in Vienna for Vox in the '60s, and his execution of such well-known terrors as the finales of the "Moonlight" and "Appassionata" is almost unbearably thrilling. But a bigger part of the reason is that Brendel was much less intellectual and far more instinctive in these recordings than he was in his many later recordings for Philips, and his dramatic tempo and texture shifts in the opening of the "Pathétique" are far more exciting here than in his later recordings. Fans of the pianist might wish that the stereo sound here had some of the crispness and clarity of his later Philips' recordings, but these recordings have a rough honesty that is still quite appealing.

- James Leonard, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
2.
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 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Unkown to me turns out great November 1, 2012 By charles murphy (Asheville, NC) See All My Reviews "Brendal interpretation special. Warrants listening over and over." Report Abuse
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