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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 53, 54 & 101 / Alfred Brendel

Release Date: 09/14/1993 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438472   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alfred Brendel displays a technical mastery and visionary quality which surpasses his own previous fine recordings of these works.

The two Piano Sonatas, Opp. 53 and 54 of 1804, signalled the beginning of a new phase in Beethoven's compositional output, The large-scale conception of form in the Waldstein Sonata, emphasized by its brief but intensely concentrated slow movement, and the concentration of form and thematic content in the two-movement F major Sonata, offer very different approaches to musical design.

In this latest volume of his new complete cycle of Beethoven's sonatas, Alfred Brendel displays a technical mastery and visionary quality which, to my ears, surpasses his own previous fine
Read more recordings of these works. In the Waldstein Sonata, Brendel's sense of line and standard of pianism falls only marginally short of Gilels's superb 1972 version. Brendel's depth of understanding produces a wealth of fine detail in the outer movements, and the registrally distinctive dialogue of the introduzione is eloquently expressed. The more decorative Andante favori, the sonata's original slow movement, is played exquisitely.

With the F major Sonata, Brendel achieves a wonderful unity of contrasts as the heavily punctuated, thematically differentiated gestures of the first movement give way to the clear, seamless contrapuntal texture of the second.

The A major Sonata, Op. 101, looks forward to the music of Beethoven's final decade where integration is achieved through economy of means and the way in which the movements are linked. Compared with his recently re-released 1970s version, Brendel unfolds the work's directional sequence with greater spontaneity, and his magnificent tonal control, assisted by a soft-edged piano image, produces beautiful results.

-- Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
Sonata for Piano no 22 in F major, Op. 54 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Andante for Piano in F major, WoO 57 "Andante Favori" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1993 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Magnificent September 1, 2018 By VALUED CARDHOLDER (The Patch, Vic) See All My Reviews "This is truly a wonderful account by Brendel of the Waldstein. After much listening to different versions it has to be regarded as the best interpretation-dramatic,emotional,sensitive,dynamic with a wow factor." Report Abuse
 Vintage Brendel March 8, 2018 By Wendel H Yale (Reston, VA) See All My Reviews "Recorded in 1993 as part of a traversal of Beethoven's piano sonatas, Brendel plays all of these with his usual eye for detail and his transparent rendering of Beethoven's complex and beautiful voices. His performance of the Waldstein sonata is expressive and technically stunning; certainly among the best." Report Abuse
 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp 53,54 &101/ Alfred B April 9, 2016 By R. Eppich (Plano, TX) See All My Reviews "Excellent work, worth purchasing." Report Abuse
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