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Symphonic Music - Released March 9, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica
This 2011 box set brings together Alfred Brendel's first recording for Philips of the complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas and his recording of all five piano concertos. Brendel was one of the handful of all-time Beethoven masters, known for his intelligent, yet entirely musical and effective interpretations. These recordings, all (including the concertos) dating from the 1970s, represent his playing at the height of his skills. Brendel did make a second set of the sonatas for Philips in the early '90s, recorded digitally, so some audiophiles may prefer the sound of those over these earlier, analog recordings, but the artistry is still in these. For the concertos, Brendel is joined by Bernard Haitink and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1977 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released January 1, 1977 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Decca (UMO)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released April 6, 2004 | Vanguard Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
This album was issued in 2011 to honor Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel on his 80th birthday. Suffering from arthritis, Brendel had retired in 2008. The album consists of unreleased live performances from 1985, 2002, and 2007, which, in Brendel's own words, "seem to realize my idea" of the works performed "more fully than others." Brendel lost a bit of physical strength in his old age, but his playing was never about power, and the news here is that the performances, dating from the later parts of a 60-year career, do indeed add to his substantial recorded legacy. They may be of most interest to Brendel fans, who will spot the new subtleties added by this intellectual but never inexpressive artist. But the magnificent performance of the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110, could appeal to anyone. Brendel at once contrasts and links the parts of the work's formal architecture. There's lots of definition of the left-hand parts, bringing out the long-range harmonic patterns in the opening movement, and the sonata's moments of instrumental recitative seem to emerge from these patterns with particular vividness; Brendel takes a bit more time with these than in his better-known studio recordings. This and the Schubert Impromptu in F minor, Op. 90/1, that follows come from one of Brendel's last public concerts, making this album a valuable document. The expansive Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503, recorded in 2002, is a fine essay in long-range balance. The Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15, on disc 1, recorded in 1985, closely follows a studio recording of the period with which Brendel was dissatisfied due to problems with the engineering. All in all, a fine way to cap out a Brendel collection of any size.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2011 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca

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Classical - Released June 22, 1992 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Universal Music

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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