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  • Audio CD (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B002DZX96C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In 1992, Alfred Brendel set about recording every piano sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. The beauty of those works and the legendary imaginative powers of Brendel combined to earn rapturous praise, and this new set brings all those magnificent performances together. Behold his transformative interpretations of these treasured piano sonatas: No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique"; No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"; No. 15 in D, Op. 28 "Pastoral"; No. 21 in C, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "The Tempest"; No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Opt. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"; No. 29 in B Flat, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"; No. 26 in E Flat, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" , and more on 10 CDs!

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Nous parlons ici de l'oeuvre d'un Génie mais aussi d'une interprétation d'un autre Génie... Alfred Brendel ! Autant dans la précision, le choix des tempis sans oublier la haute qualité d'enregistrement... tout est ici magnifique ! Beethoven Lui-Même aurait été des plus fier de cette manière de rendre sa musique pour piano ! Il y en a d'autres belles interprétations, mais aucune n'égale en perfection et en finesse celle de Brendel ! S'il est vrai de dire qu'il y a eu qu'un Beethoven, il est tout aussi vrai de dire qu'il n'y a qu'un... pianiste comme Brendel pour rendre si bien la musiuqe pour piano de ce Grand Compositeur !

Un coffret que je vais écouter et ré-écouter toute ma vie. Impossible de s'en lasser tant le jeu de Brendel est vivant et vibrant ! A apporter sur son île déserte

Michel
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Brendel is not the flashiest of pianists: generally, he eschews bombast. There are those who will prefer a greater sense of physical excitement, especially in movements like the finale of the Hammerklavier Sonata (Op. 106). But there is never any exaggeration, or excessive underlining of points: one gets the feeling listening to these that there is no-one standing between yourself and the music.
The piano sound is, generally, very successfully captured, and Brendel's tone and clarity of line are exquisite. He gives the early sonatas their proper weight (listen, for instance, to the tragic intensity of the slow movement of Op. 10 No. 3); gives an absolutely sensational performance of - amongst others - the Pastoral Sonata (Op. 28); and as for those visionary late sonatas... there are several great recordings of these, but none more satisfying than these.
The liner notes, incidentally, are by the distinguished Beethoven scholar William Kinderman, and are excellent. If I were forced to live with only one item from my CD collection, this box would be it.
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This collection is one of the finest possessions that any lover of music--classical or otherwise-- could possibly own. Alfred Brendel's interpretation of Beethoven's serious, probing piano works is in my opinion among the greatest interpretive achievements of the 20th century, and these recordings capture Brendel's performance in a luminous, ambient sonic wonderland that I find all but overwhelming. You will be drawn into a poetic and reflective space that will astound, enchant, and disturb you... consider Brendel's statement about the slow movement of the Moonlight Sonata, hideously sentimentalized by most artists: in Brendel's words, it's "a mystic realm of awe and shuddering." Think about this, and listen to Brendel's interpretation, and you'll have a great start on this rich, deep, expansive collection of total artistry. Avoiding bombast, Brendel lays bare the incredible architecture that underlies Beethoven's work, and in so doing Brendel fully unleashes Beethoven's artistic and emotional power, a world of musical romance and argumentation that begins to speak to you with an eloquence ranging far beyond the complexities of speech. With Brendel as your guide, you are ushered into a world in which you fully perceive Beethoven's creative genius; before you opens a world of depth and insight and enchantment and meaning. This recording belongs in the library of any serious lover of classical music--and indeed, of any person who believes that music and its performance speak with eloquence of something that is inexpressably deep and meaningful about human existence, something that only music can fully describe. It's very hard to put into words... just listen.Read more ›
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Alfred Brendel has diligently worked his entire life striving for a perfect understanding of the great 32 sonatas of Beethoven. I believe he has reached this point. Within this amazing box set is the most sensitive and acurate playing I have ever heard. I agree with a former reviewer about the incredible playing of the "pastoral" sonata. This sonata has always been my favourite of the "gentle" sonatas of Beethoven. But, upon hearing Brendels rendition.... I was simply astounded. This is not to say that this is the only gem in the collection... there are 32 wonderful renditions (plus that wonderful andante!) each one stands head and shoulders above any other I have heard. If you want to hear what I believe is the most acurate playing of Beethoven, get this now. It will never dissapoint, and will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Loving congradulations to Beethoven and Brendel!
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Now, Alfred Brendel is the best interpreter of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas alive, his 1990s cycle is the best one compare with his Vox cycle and the first Phillips Cycle (Recorded in 1970s). I like this recordings very much
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Esta gran realización pianistica, ES UNA MAS de las tantas obras en que Alfred Brendel deja de manifiesto que existe el verdadero equilibrio entre la perfección y la sensibilidad iterpretativa. Al analizar técnicamente cada una de las Sonatas, se aprecia la maravilla de sus Apoyaturas, Tiempos, Ritenutos, Fortes, Piannisimos, y otros componentes propios de la estructura musical, que hacen concluir, SIN LUGAR A DUDA, que Alfred Brendel INTERNALIZA Y COMPRENDE a Ludwing Van Beethoven en su grado más profundo, tanto en su Humanidad, como en el verdadero objetivo de dejar un Legado a las generaciones venideras. Se logra finalmente una verdadera interpretación que cumple fielmente con el concepto: "audicionar a Ludwing Van Beethoven a través de Alfred Brendel"
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