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Alfred Brendel

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Born: January 5, 1931  
Alfred Brendel is the preeminent thinking pianist, a loner to whom fame came through the power of imaginative integrity, an artist who has achieved -- at his best -- a divinatory rapport with piano literature from Bach to Schoenberg. Yet by his account, "I did not come from a musical or intellectual family....I have not been a child prodigy. I do not have a photographic memory; neither do I play faster than other people. I am not a good Read more sight-reader." Born in Wiesenberg, Moravia -- in the latter-day Czech Republic -- in 1931, he received piano lessons from ages 6 to 16, as the family moved from Zagreb to Graz, and studied composition privately while supporting himself in a variety of odd jobs. Brendel was among the first generation to learn from recordings, the legacies of Cortot, Kempff, Schnabel, Furtwängler, and Toscanini proving especially valuable. Master classes with Eduard Steuermann -- a pupil of Busoni and Schoenberg -- and Edwin Fischer crowned his scarce tuition. A 1948 debut recital in Graz marked the beginning of his career, launched by taking a prize at the Busoni Competition in Bolzano in 1949. Busoni's example, his mysticism and Faustian striving, fascinated the young Brendel -- he recorded Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica in the early 1950s -- but proved a detour while prompting an extraordinary insight into the music of Liszt. The ensnaring and gradual liberation from Busoni's influence may be traced in the several essays Brendel wrote about him in Musical Thoughts & After-Thoughts. Fischer came to mean more. "With Fischer," Brendel wrote in 1960, "one was in more immediate contact with the music: there was no curtain before the soul when he communicated with the audience. One other musician, Furtwängler, conveyed to the same degree this sensation of music not being played, but rather happening by itself." Armed with such ideals, Brendel embarked upon an international recital and recording career which, in the decade of the 1960s, saw his reputation grow throughout Europe and North America as he became a frequent guest with the world's greatest orchestras. He performed the entire cycle of Beethoven sonatas in London's Wigmore Hall in 1962, and recorded them for Vox. In the 1970s he became an exclusive Philips artist, touring and recording prolifically, not only the Classical masters -- Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann -- but Liszt, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, and Schoenberg, and garnering numerous awards. He has published a volume of comedic poetry. In 2004 he appeared in concert with his son, cellist Adrian Brendel. Read less
Liszt: Christmas Tree Suite; Grand Etudes De Paginini; Opera Transcriptions / Brendel
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Regis  
Catalog: 1378   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Schubert Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94870 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 69
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher,  György Pauk,  Peter Frankl,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber,  Andreas Weiser,  Romano Gandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell'Arte Trio  ... 
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002050602 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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    Alfred Brendel: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002044602 Release Date: 05/06/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  James Van Demark
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland String Quartet members
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 And 25; Rondo In A Minor
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1244 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Bernard Haitink - The Philips Years [20-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001903502 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Herman Krebbers,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Alfred Brendel - The Legendary Mozart & Beethoven Recordings
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94430 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Walter Klien
    Conductor:  Antonio Janigro,  Paul Angerer,  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra  ... 
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    Claudio Abbado - A Life Dedicated To Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059588 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Bryn Terfel,  Lucio Gallo,  Ramón Vargas  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Choir  ... 
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  • 10.
    Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Dvorak: Slavonic Dances
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1397 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Walter Klien
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Schubert: Winterreise, Die schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Brendel, Schiff
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107523 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Alfred Brendel,  András Schiff
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  • 13.
    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Alfred Brendel
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1194 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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  • 14.
    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven [regis]
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1389 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
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    Liszt: Christmas Tree Suite; Grand Etudes De Paginini; Opera Transcriptions / Brendel
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1378 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17; Piano Concerto For 2 Pianos; Piano Sonata For 2 Pianos
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1388 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Walter Klien
    Conductor:  Paul Angerer
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 / Brendel, Wallberg, Mehta, Vienna Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 27-29 / Alfred Brendel
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1135 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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  • 20.
    Beethoven: Favorite Piano Sonatas / Alfred Brendel
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94272 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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  • 21.
    Liszt / Alfred Brendel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001581502 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Liszt; Hungarian Rhapsodies, Paganini Studies & Paraphrases / Brendel
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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  • 23.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94095 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Karin Lechner,  Paolo Giacometti,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Eduardo Marturet,  Arie Van Beek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    A Liszt Portrait [30-CD Set]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94215 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Hans Jürgen Kaiser,  Klára Takács,  Veronika Kincses,  György Korondi  ... 
    Conductor:  János Ferencsik,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Arpád Joó,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 25.
    Alfred Brendel On Music - Three Lectures
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 703408 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel
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