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Alfred Brendel: Plays and Introduces Schubert, Vol. 5: Sonatas D959 & D960

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Product Details

  • Actors: Schubert, Brendel
  • Directors: Hamm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alfred Brendel is arguably the most outstanding exponent of Schubert's piano music currently
before the public, a man capable of bringing to vibrant life not only the verve of this music but
also its poetic intensity and intellectual depth.
On Volume 5 of the 5 DVD series he plays Schuberts Sonata in A major, D959 and the Sonata in
B flat major, D960.
There is a 10-15 mins introduction by Alfred Brendel himself, throwing light on its compositional
substance and at the same time revealing his own highly personal relationship with these
masterpieces of Romantic music, and complete performances under studio conditions.
The series, shot in 1976/1977, has never been shown ever since and therefore embodies
a document of unmitigated fascination.
The way Brendel plays Schubert gives us all the reasons to believe he is a living legend and the
dean of today's pianists. For those who are not familiar with him or his approach of Schubert
this is a good start. It is a most rewarding experience!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2009
Some time ago I reviewed a DVD of Alfred Brendel playing Schubert's final three Sonatas. That DVD is splendid. It was recorded in January 1988. None of those performances are duplicated here. These were recorded ten years earlier: between June 1976 and December 1977 for Radio Bremen. These five important single DVDs - of which this is the fifth - were once released as a single box set but still feature all of Schubert's major piano works written between 1822 and his death from tertiary syphillis in November 1828. Play them in succession as I did and you will experience some 10 hours of compositional and interpretive genius. You will witness Schubert's growth as a composer, from the Wanderer Fantasy of 1822 with its four monothematic movements and Lisztian virtuosity to the expansive yet simple Piano Sonata in B flat Major D960, composed just weeks before his death. What you will also hear is Schubert's struggle with mortality, something that is everywhere in his music as the symptoms of his illness manifested themselves in 1822. Brendel posits that these magnificent compositions are Schubert's response to onrushing death: as his syphillis intensified so did his intense rush to leave his musical legacy. He knew he was dying. And the quote that heads this review: "I am a stranger everywhere", from a contemporary writer, is a clear statement of Schubert's frame of mind during these final, frenzied years. He withdrew from the world and increasingly surrendered himself to a magic realm of musical expression, no longer of the world but somehow beyond it. Like Mozart before him, like Mahler long after.

Alfred Brendel has often cited that feelings are the Alpha and Omega of music. There is much emotion in his playing. You cannot help but be moved innumerable times during these performances.
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