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listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 1. Molto moderato e cantabile12:31Album Only
listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 2. Andante 9:36Album Only
listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro moderato) 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 4. Allegretto 9:33Album Only
listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 8:46Album Only
listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 2. Andante 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 3. Scherzo (Allegretto) 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 4. Allegro giusto 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 1. Allegro12:10Album Only
listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 2. Andantino 7:38Album Only
listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.20 in A, D.959 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto)13:30Album Only
listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 1. Molto moderato15:05Album Only
listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 2. Andante sostenuto 9:07Album Only
listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza) 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 4. Allegro ma non troppo 8:45Album Only

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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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  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000544G7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Schubert has long been a Brendel specialty and his 1970s Philips set of late Sonatas and shorter works ranks among the best. But Brendel's fans and Schubertians will still want this two-disc set, which offers the pianist's current views of the music. Recorded from concerts, the playing has the extra communicative flair often absent from the sterile atmosphere of the studio. The set includes Brendel's first recording of the lovely D. 575, perhaps the finest of the early Schubert Sonatas. While his playing here is well within the parameters of his earlier conception of these works, Brendel brings an extra dollop of expansiveness and tension that pays off in places, such as his slower introduction to the G Major Sonata and the sharpened contrast he gives the first two movements of the last and greatest of the works, the B-flat Major. No need to fear audience intrusions, either. They're quite minor, as Brendel concerts are famous for attracting intent listeners. --Dan Davis

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
These live performances are rich in tension and lyricism. Although they sound quite vibrant, they don't lack at all the richness in tone you'd expect from well-balanced studio recordings. Brendel's latest traversal of three of Schubert's sonatas is as refined as his classic recordings in the 1970's, yet there is a bit more warmth, if not exuberance, evidenced in these performances. And he plays just as warmly in his performance of the D575 sonata, which he hasn't recorded before. Long-time admirers of Alfred Brendel's exquisite playing will definitely want to add this superb 2 CD set to their collection.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
These performances of four Schubert sonatas are taken from live concerts by Alfred Brendel in England, the Netherlands and Germany. All four display the pianist's typical technical control and interpretive thoughtfulness, with an added intensity from the presence of an audience (though there is little if any intrusive noise). Perhaps the prize of this two-CD set is the G major Sonata D. 894; the rapt intensity of its long Molto Moderato first movement, the lyricism of the Andante, and the charm of the Minuetto and final Rondo have never been conveyed better in a superbly balanced performance. The other three sonatas, while of course excellently played, are not quite on this level; the first movement of the great posthumous A major D. 959 is exciting but lacks the magisterial poise of Brendel's studio rendition, while the accelerated coda of the Rondo finale somehow fails to whip up the requisite excitement of the long journey concluded. Brendel's Scherzo of the posthumous B-flat sonata D. 960 (Schubert's final piano work) catches the "delicatezza" of the tempo mark perfectly, but the finale is slightly untidy. Most interesting for Brendel fans is his only recording of the earlier B major Sonata D. 575, which remains a slightly disjointed effort from the composer despite many incidental charms and ravishing playing from the pianist in the slow movement. Still, this is a collection that will repay many listenings, in common with all of Brendel's work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Brendel has recorded most of this works before - the only new addition being the relatively early and quirky D575. This time, he relies on live recordings taken from several different venues.

The G major D894 is one of my personal favorites, and Brendel gives us as usual a subtly nuanced, fluent reading. One might object to the fact that he drops the first movement repeat, but I don't think of this as a serious loss. The A major D959 - perhaps the most convincing performance in the set - is remarkably cogently argued; there's a continuity and a structural roundedness of a kind I have rarely encountered in Schubert sonata playing (and the Schubert sonatas can easily sound a little rambling in lesser hands). Similarly sweeping is the account of the B flat major D960. In sum, Brendel' main strength is his penetrating understanding of the architecture of these works, and he understands this so thoroughly that he also has time to investigate and give character to the delicate details along the way.

There are places (e.g. in the finale of the D894) where the most challenging technical parts make him hesitate and stumble a little, but it does not at all detract from the overall impression. These are unmissable readings.

Sound quality is very good. It is possible to discern the fact that these are live-recordings, but they are remarkably well-balanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on April 10, 2013
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Schubert was central to Alfred Brendel's repertoire since the early days of his longish and prestigious performing career. Year by year, the legendary Austrian pianist seemed to deepen his insights when it came to Schubert and refine his means by fresh inspiration to approach this wonderful musical realm. A well-balanced touch and deeply heart-felt way of playing entered the stage in Brendel's Schubert recordings and his live performances. The latter unfolded in addition - due to their unitary conception and realization - a rich world of feelings and ideas conjured up on spot, much inspired in their mood and carefully chiseled on their sound side.
This twofer gathers four live recordings of Brendel comprising Schubert sonatas, achieved between 1997 and 1999 in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Aldeburgh. If A major (D 959), B flat major (D 960) and G major D 894) sonatas are here nothing but some valuable repeats, the B major one (D 575) is a new entry in his recorded repertory.
All in all, this release is a welcome pretext to celebrate and enjoy Brendel's masterful craftsmanship in his dearest musical realm.
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