Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Alfred Brendel in Recital: Live and Radio Performances, 1968-2001 Philips 2CDs

Personally selected by Alfred Brendel, these hitherto unreleased recordings span approximately three decades of his career as a concert and recording artist. With the sole exception of the very first piece on Disk Two, which was recorded at the BBC's London studios, all of these recordings were made in the period from the late 1980s to early 2000 in concert halls, primarily London's Royal Festival Hall, from live concert performances. The sound quality is quite fine, even for the early vintage analogue stereo recording from the late 1960s, due to the excellent work of several teams of BBC sound engineers. However, virtually every piece ends with an extended round of an applause which I find rather excessive, especially when the applause lasts nearly thirty seconds.

Without question, this is a compelling two CD disk set which will greatly interest long-time fans, other admirers, and those who are simply curious about Brendel's superb artistry at the keyboard. The first disk is devoted to a compelling, often quite, exciting, interpretation of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations in a performance that should be remembered for offering both ample instances of elegant, often pensive, and lyrical playing. Brendel is convinced that this may be his best recording of the variations ever committed to disk, and it is a memorable performance that ought to hold its own against those from peers like Pollini. The second disk is both a chronological and muscial odyssey, opening with an old studio recording of Chopin pieces, followed by an obscure Mendelssohn work and two vivid, all too brief, Busoni pieces. At the very end of the second disk is one of the best performances I have heard of Beethoven's 28th Piano Sonata, which, again, Brendel believes is superior to his most recent Philips studio recording.

1.      Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120: no 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1819-1823; Vienna, Austria
2.      Andante spianato et Grand polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22: Andante spianato by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-31; Vienna, Austria
3.      Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841; Germany
4.      Elegies (7) for Piano, K 249 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907; Berlin, Germany
5.      Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 


  1. http://www.fileserve.com/file/cmgfe8S

    http://www.filesonic.com/file/1371567054/Alfred Brendel Unpublished Live & Radio Performances 1968-2001.part1.rar
    http://www.filesonic.com/file/1371567044/Alfred Brendel Unpublished Live & Radio Performances 1968-2001.part2.rar
    http://www.filesonic.com/file/1373705514/Alfred Brendel Unpublished Live & Radio Performances 1968-2001.part3.rar
    http://www.filesonic.com/file/1371600304/Alfred Brendel Unpublished Live & Radio Performances 1968-2001.part4.rar
    http://www.filesonic.com/file/1373638074/Alfred Brendel Unpublished Live & Radio Performances 1968-2001.part5.rar

  2. could you be so kind to return to The Well-Tempered Clavier played by Richter?
    the 1st part of CD2was and still is corrupt. could you re-upload it?

  3. Dear Bayreuth, if that is possible for you, a re-upload would be very much appreciated. Thanks in any case.

  4. HI, is it possible tha this links can be redone ?? Greetings from Brazil .


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