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Beethoven: Für Elise, Eroica-Variationen, etc / Brendel

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412227   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like Gilels, Brendel treats the Op. 35 Variations as far more than a poor relation of the Eroica Symphony finale. His approach has less of the urgent, seemingly improvisatory thrust which makes the Gilels DG performance (on LP only) so compelling, but the sharpness with which he characterizes each variation is a delight, each time bringing a moment of revelation, and often relating this essentially middle-period work to much later inspirations. The six Bagatelles of Op. 126 equally find Brendel giving these fragments a weight, concentration and seriousness to reflect what else Beethoven was writing at the time. There is a gruffness of expression with charm eliminated. The third Bagatelle is the more moving for its simple gravity, and only Read more in the final one of the group does Brendel allow himself to relax in persuasive warmth. Fur Elise makes a simple, haunting prelude to the group and the six Ecossaises a jolly postude with Brendel evoking the bluff jollity of Austrian dance music.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [8/1985]
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Works on This Recording

Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Written: 1802 
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Ecossaises (6) for Piano, WoO 83 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

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