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listen  1. Piano Concerto No.9 In E Flat, K.271 - ''Jeunehomme'' - 1. Allegro10:43Album Only
listen  2. Piano Concerto No.9 In E Flat, K.271 - ''Jeunehomme'' - 2. Andantino13:17Album Only
listen  3. Piano Concerto No.9 In E Flat, K.271 - ''Jeunehomme'' - 3. Rondeau (Presto)10:46Album Only
listen  4. Haydn: Variations In F Minor11:39Album Only
listen  5. Piano Sonata No.15 In F, K.533/494 - 1. Allegro, K.533 7:55Album Only
listen  6. Piano Sonata No.15 In F, K.533/494 - 2. Andante, K.533 9:38Album Only
listen  7. Piano Sonata No.15 In F, K.533/494 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto), K.494 7:23Album Only


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listen  1. Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 - 2. Allegro Molto E Vivace 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 - 3. Adagio Con Espressione 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 - 4. Allegro Vivace - Tempo I - Presto 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 1. Molto Moderato15:18Album Only
listen  6. Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 2. Andante Sostenuto 9:10Album Only
listen  7. Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace Con Delicatezza) 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piano Sonata No.21 In B Flat, D.960 - 4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo 9:19Album Only
listen  9. Beethoven: 7 Bagatelles, Op.33 - 4. Andante 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.3 In G Flat: Andante 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 - Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 - Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Alfred Brendel studied piano, composition and conducting in Zagreb and Graz, and completed his piano studies with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner, and Edward Steuermann. His international career began after winning a prize at the 1949 Busoni Competition and he now performs regularly at the world's major musical centres and festivals. He was the first pianist to record Beethoven's ... Read more in Amazon's Alfred Brendel Store

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  • Performer: Alfred Brendel
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Records
  • ASIN: B002QJ5170
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Exquisite thrills as a titan bids farewell --Daily Telegraph, London

After so many years with Alfred at the top of his profession it is hard to imagine musical life without his unique presence. --Sir Charles Mackerras

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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 2CD 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. It is fitting that Alfred Brendel s final public performance should be in Vienna s beautiful Musikverein, with the Wiener Philharmoniker an orchestra with whom he has enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration. The concert was conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, marking the end of an exceptional partnership between pianist and conductor. The booklet includes Brendel s own notes on the recital repertoire, and tributes from Sir Charles Mackerras and Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellberg of the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as a farewell statement from Alfred Brendel himself.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Frank von Rhein on March 28, 2010
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The performance of Schubert's B flat Sonata is alone worth the price of the entire CD. If there has been a better recording and more fully realized vision of this piece to date, I don't know of it. The rest of the playing is very good and solid and makes a wonderful cohesive recital. The final Bach-Busoni encore whose lines are brought out by Brendel as if in front of a giant baroque church organ is gorgeously played than fades to black. It's a great way to close the record and lid on one of the all time great classical concert artists of all time, a time-span which encompasses the early LP stereo era through the advent of CD's and DVD's, remarkable. Future generations will have a great sample of high quality recordings of his unique talent at their disposable so they can hear for themselves some of the magic of this man. I hope this record wins a few awards as it should. Brendel has given the musical world many gifts throughout his career and it is fitting that he leaves us with one last one. Everybody should buy this without hesitation, as this type of piano recital, is a dying art, one that doesn't try to impress through bombast and pyrotechnical razzmatazz, but from virtuosic playing, deeply felt and a deeply satisfying experience. Own it for you and your future generations to cherish, so the art is not lost.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on April 25, 2010
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All the pieces offered on this CD-twofer by legendary pianist Alfred Brendel can be found - some of them in two or even three different versions - on his previous studio recordings. However, the clue of this recent release is that it treasures a special moment in Brendel's performing activity: the end-point of his 2008 farewell tour that culminated with his last ever solo recital (in Hannover, on 14 December) and his last ever concerto (in Vienna, on 18 December, accompanied by the renowned local Philharmonic, on that very occasion under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras). How inspired the label `THINKER AT THE PIANO' attached to Brendel! How lively and expressive his light finger-work in his recent years (including, of course, these valedictory concerts)! How serene his manner to deal with the beloved masterpieces of the Viennese Classicism! And how elegant to retire by choice from the international concert platform, aged 77, in full command of his technical skills, at the peak of his artistry!

Regarded as one of the most important artists of the XX and XXI centuries, Alfred Brendel remains for me the most interesting pianist I have ever had the chance to hear in live performances. What are the key features that allowed Brendel to be held in such esteem as the supreme master of the classical repertory? What kind of insight does he employ in order to convey the deepest truths of the scores he interprets? Where does he get his inspiration from?

I dare suggest some answers. The magic of his renditions occurs due to his distinctive intellectual approach that supplies the tools for building sound musical structures and, consequently, to his "sixth sense" which makes him intuitively find the most proper accents for everything he wants to convey on the keyboard.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gregory E. Foster VINE VOICE on June 9, 2010
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I have been "forever" it seems, under the thrall of this Great, Thinking, pianist...ever since I first discovered him with his first cycle of Beethoven's Sonatas for Philips, all those many years ago now!

I say "Thinking", for that is, indeed, how I have always seemed to regard this absolute master of the keyboard. All his efforts, for me, have the feel that he is "thinking" or has "deeply thought out" and "searched" for the piece's true inner meaning(s). One might call this mannered, or ponderous, perhaps as to his interpretative efforts, but I do not mean this in that way. I refer to his "thinking, considering, doing his homework, consideration of interpretation, etc.", that he has always displayed throughout his long, illustrious career. Nothing this great man has ever done comes across as superficial and every recording brings, surely, something positive to the archives of recorded performances.

With this issue, Decca presents to us, the final concert performances of Alfred Brendel's career for our enjoyment and treasuring for years to come. These, truly, are masterful renditions, with the artist in peak form, allowing this album to be itself a monument to this great pianist's career and abilities.

Over the years, how many hours have I listened to those fingers, playing over the keys, and marveled at the touch, the deft maneuvering over the keyboard, interlaced with the interpretive thought going on simultaneously, and simply "always been blown away" by Brendel's execution, or should I say elocution, for, indeed, this man speaks to us, elegantly, through his fingers! And, now, with this effort presented here, we come to know that there will now be silence in the future, that this will be "his last".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jose Ignacio Hernandez on July 16, 2010
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I own most of Brendel's discography, from 1961 piano concertos 4 and 5 with Vienna Symphony Orchestra onward, and have followed his career, from a disciple of Fischer to unsurpassed masterly performances in his final years. Like grand wines, he has grown better with age. In this records he reaches Olympian fields. We do not hear Brendel's Mozart, or Brendel's Beethoven. We hear Mozart's Mozart and Beethoven's Beethoven. His sounds and his silences. No more and no less. For piano music lovers this is a must!. Only a minor regret: I would have included one more composition of Haydn, because Brendel's readings of this composer stand apart and above of the other piano masters.
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