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Farewell Concerts

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme"
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in F major, K. 533/494
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A major, Op. 33/4
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
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Notes & Reviews:

Alfred Brendel has for many years been among the world's greatest pianists: in concert, recital and on many best-selling recordings. Here, in his last CD release recorded in the year of his retirement (2008), he gives his final public performances in solo recital and in concert revealing a master musician in total command of his art. This 2 CD digipak souvenir set captures these two memorable occasions, available at an attractive price. Recorded live in Hanover, Brendel's farewell recital featured composers with whom he is most closely associated throughout his career with a set of variations by Haydn, and sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.

One of the most respected and recorded pianists of our time, alfred brendel, marks his retirement with two valedictory concerts, presenting repertoire in which he enjoyed a special reputation. Conductor sir charles mackerras is one of australia's greatest musicians. This souvenir set captures these two memorable occasions.



Reviews

A Talented Musician
Alfred Brendel's place among the greatest musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is assured. Brendel's discography is now among the most extensive of any pianist, reflecting a repertoire of solo and orchestral works that ranges from Bach and Haydn to Weber to Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Mussorgsky and Schoenberg. Nonetheless, he is considered one of the world's most thoughtful interpreters of classical and romantic piano literature that's why I truly admire his work.
Submitted on 01/19/10 by Skyy 
The Farewell Concerts
I have a copy of this two disk set and have enjoyed it greatly. I recommend it highly but am biased as I was able to attend his December 18th, final, concert in Vienna. A wonder experience! I did not attend the Hanover recital which seems a shame after listening to these recordings. The only small negative regarding this set is the exclusion of the one of the encores at the Vienna concert. I was not familiar with the music but it was reported in Die Presse and the New York Times as a piece from Liszt's "Annees de Pelerinage." If memory serves, the final note is quite alone a the end of the piece and I immediately thought what a great punctuation to a superb career. But lo, he then played the second encore, the Bach-Busoni. Of course the Mozart's "Jeunehomme" was the center piece and Brendel and MacKerras did not/could not disappoint. It speaks, I believe, to the reverence Brendel has for his craft and his knowledge of music that he should choose to play the first great piano concerto ever written with which to end his concert career.
Submitted on 01/22/10 by Bob Giddings 
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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 9 in E flat major, K 271 "Jeunehomme"
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Running Time: 34 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1777
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano in F major, K. 533/494
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in A major, Op. 33/4
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptu in G flat major, D 899, no 9
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1827
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723
  • Studio/Live: Live