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Notes and Editorial Reviews
In the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue [Brendel] combines a very personal voice with affecting Classical dignity.
-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [5/1985]
Each time he has revisited these works, whether in recordings or in concert, a lively debate has ensued about the respective merits of early, middle, or recent Brendel. Unlike many, I'm struck by the consistency of his approach, most obvious in the sound he creates, which is effortlessly transparent, lucid, and orchestral in its attention to inflecting inner voices. His playing is always thoughtful and never exaggerated, with a profound understanding of the overall arch of each work... The "Appassionata" also benefits from Brendel's musical and
technical discipline, which respects form and harmonic tension.
-- Michael Fine, FANFARE [3/2002]
reviewing the Appassionata previously reissued as part of Philips 464680
Works on This Recording
R. W. - Venezia, S 201 by Franz Liszt
Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 1. Allegro
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 2. Adagio
Piano Sonata in C, H.XVI No.50: 3. Allegro molto
Fragment of a Fantasia in C Minor, K396
3 Klavierstücke, D.946: No.2 in E flat (Allegretto)
Richard-Wagner - Venezia, S.201
Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année: Italie, S.161: 7. Après un lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 6. Fabel
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 7. Traumes-Wirren
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 8. Ende vom Lied
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 1. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 2. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330: 3. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 2. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 -"Für Elise"
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 1. Des Abends
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 2. Aufschwung
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 3. Warum?
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 4. Grillen
8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12: 5. In der Nacht
Average Customer Review: ( 4 Customer Reviews )
A Great Recording to enjoy over and over. September 26, 2012
By M. Vega (Mounds View, MN) See All My Reviews
"When it comes to music, I like to think that I can pick a good piece of music to enjoy over and over. This is why I am writing this review; this is it. I am sure,once you play these 2 dics you will keep playing them. I recommend you purchase this and give it a listen."
5 Star Sheer Delight!! September 11, 2012
By W. Brown (Centerburg, OH) See All My Reviews
"This 2 cd set of Alfred Brendel playing various works is simply outstanding. The recorded sound is breathtaking-very vivid and up close. It's like Alfred Brendel giving one their own personal concert.
I must say that of all the works on the recording, the Liszt selections were the least familiar. The Bach, Mozart and Beethoven are the gems on the recording. The clarity and articulation of the playing is stunning. Highly Recommended!!"