Complete Piano Sonatas Box set
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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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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
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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On listening to the interpretation of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, one has to realise and admire the fact that the self-educated Alfred Brendel seems to add something new to... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by Kleiweg
Alfred Brendel is a master musician. He has a lifetime of experience with these works in the concert hall and on recordings. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003
Since there is no end to the number of Alfred Brendel CDs being released by Philips it's a pity his first cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas on that label is not available in the... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2001 by samantha
Brendel plays the Beethoven sonatas with a great deal of care and gives thoughtful performances across the board. Everything sounds meticulously planned, down to the last trill. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001