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.