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A Birthday Tribute / Alfred Brendel

Audio Samples

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
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Notes & Reviews:

On January 5, 2011 Alfred Brendel celebrated his 80th birthday. Since 1969 Brendel has recorded exclusively for Philips and now Decca and has been celebrated for complete cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and many other composers. This unique, 2-CD set presents never before released live recordings that have been hand-picked and personally approved by Brendel.

International Record Review
he is in absolute control throughout, technically flawless and with a characteristic clarity of texture. What especially distinguishes Brendel's interpretations is the way that the structure and the architecture of the work comes foremost...the playing [of Op. 110] is of unfailing beauty, with the final return to the tonic key a true apotheosis and a triumphant homecoming.

BBC Music Magazine
Everything has its place yet nothing sounds contrived. Brendel is an intellectual but not, at the piano, a lecturer. He illuminates but never pontificates. Seldom has his capacity for symphonic synthesis found nobler or more stirring expression than in the present reading of the Brahms D minor Concerto...[The Mozart] had me wreathed in smiles of sheer delight.

Gramophone Magazine
Perhaps the biggest thrill is Brendel's Brahms First from 1985...Right from the thunderous opening timpani roll it packs a terrific punch...[Brendel's reading] never tr[ies] to lure the listener through sumptuousness of tone but instead offer[s] piercing intelligence and a sure-footed way through Brahms's mountainous landscape...[The Beethoven] is a reading of profound wisdom, pathos and tenderness that leaves you wishing for more.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (02/15/2002); Groáes Festspielhaus, Salzburg (02/15/2002); Herkulessaal, Munich (02/15/2002); Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (02/28/1985/03/01/1985); Groáes Festspielhaus, Salzburg (02/28/1985/03/01/1985); Herkulessaal, Munich (02/28/1985/03/01/1985); Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (08/07/2007); Groáes Festspielhaus, Salzburg (08/07/2007); Herkulessaal, Munich (08/07/2007).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Notes: Herkulessaal, Munich (02/28/1985/03/01/1985)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1854-1859

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Conductor: Hans Zender
  • Running Time: 32 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821-1822

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827