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Alfred Brendel


Alfred Brendel may be the preeminent thinking pianist, a loner to whom fame arrived through the energy of imaginative integrity, an artist that has accomplished — at his perfect — a divinatory rapport with piano literature from Bach to Schoenberg. However by his accounts, “I did so not result from a musical or intellectual family members….I have not really been a kid prodigy. I really do not need a photographic memory space; neither should i play quicker than other folks. I am wii sight-reader.” Given birth to in Wiesenberg, Moravia — within the latter-day Czech Republic — in 1931, he received piano lessons from age groups 6 to 16, because the family members relocated from Zagreb to Graz, and analyzed structure privately while assisting himself in a number of odd careers. Brendel was one of the primary generation to understand from recordings, the legacies of Cortot, Kempff, Schnabel, Furtwängler, and Toscanini demonstrating especially valuable. Get good at classes with Eduard Steuermann — a pupil of Busoni and Schoenberg — and Edwin Fischer crowned his scarce tuition. A 1948 debut recital in Graz proclaimed the start of his profession, launched by firmly taking a award on the Busoni Competition in Bolzano in 1949. Busoni’s example, his mysticism and Faustian trying, fascinated the youthful Brendel — he documented Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica in the first 1950s — but demonstrated a detour while prompting a fantastic insight in to the music of Liszt. The ensnaring and continuous liberation from Busoni’s impact may be tracked in the number of essays Brendel composed about him in Musical Thoughts & After-Thoughts. Fischer found mean even more. “With Fischer,” Brendel composed in 1960, “one is at more immediate connection with the music: there is no curtain prior to the spirit when he communicated using the audience. An added musician, Furtwängler, conveyed towards the same level this feeling of music not really being played, but instead happening alone.” Equipped with such ideals, Brendel embarked upon a global recital and documenting profession which, within the decade from the 1960s, noticed his reputation develop throughout European countries and THE UNITED STATES as he became a regular guest using the world’s best orchestras. He performed the complete routine of Beethoven sonatas in London’s Wigmore Hall in 1962, and documented them for Vox. In the 1970s he became a special Philips designer, touring and documenting prolifically, not merely the Classical experts — Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann — but Liszt, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Bartók, and Schoenberg, and garnering several awards. He offers released books of comedic poetry and musical criticism. In 2004 he made an appearance in collaboration with his child, cellist Adrian Brendel. Brendel announced his pension in 2007 and undertook one last, world-wide concert and recital tour, closing in Vienna in Dec 2008, performing, properly plenty of, Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” Piano Concerto.

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Full Name Alfred Brendel
Date Of Birth January 5, 1931
Profession Pianist, Music Educator, Music critic
Nationality Austrian
Albums Artist’s Choice (Anniversary Edition), Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Schubert: Lieder, Alfred Brendel - Artist's Choice, Ungarische Rhapsodien, Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.12 & 17, Schumann: Piano Concerto; Fantasy Op.17, Beethoven: Piano Variations, Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos.10, 11 & 17, Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.22 & 27, Beethoven: Sonatas Op.26, Op.27 No.1, Op.27 No.2 "Moonlight" & Op.49 No.1, Brendel Plays Bach including The Italian Concerto & Chromatic Fantasy, Mozart: Piano Sonatas K.310, K.311 & K.533/494, Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven, A Liszt Portrait, Vol. XXIV, Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D.959/No.20; Hungarian Melody; 16 German Dances etc., Mozart: Piano Concertos No.21 & 26, Béla Bartók, Arnold Schoenberg: Bruno Maderna, the Last Concert, Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2, Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 & 4 (Eloquence), Fantasia in C minor, K396 / Piano Sonatas K281, 282 & 576, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 27 –28 – 29 (“Hammerklavier”), Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.5, 6 & 7, Mozart: Piano Sonatas Nos.3, 4 & 18, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.8-11, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp.53 "Waldstein", 54 & 101; Andante favori, Liszt: Années de pèlerinage Premiére année Suisse, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.16-18, Liszt: Sonata in B minor etc, Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, Schubert: Piano Quintet "The Trout", Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5, Beethoven: Bagatelles Op.33, 119 & 126; Für Elise; Rondo in C; Allegretto in C minor; Klavierstück in B flat, Beethoven: Piano Variations II, Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Légendes; La lugubre Gondola, Mozart: Sonata, Fantasy & Rondo and Variations, Schubert: Forellenquintett / Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op.2 Nos.1-3, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No.30 Op.109, No.31 Op.110 & No.32 Op.111, Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 9, 18, 20, & 21, Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat; Fantasy in C, Schubert: Impromptus D899 & D935, Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365 & Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448, Liszt: Concertos pour piano (Mono Version), Schoenberg: Piano Concerto; Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Liszt: Piano Works, Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2/Danse Macabre, Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 & 13, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Opp.7 & 28 "Pastoral" & 49 No.2
Movies Alfred Brendel: In Portrait, Alfred Brendel Plays and Introduces Schubert: Vol. 3, Alfred Brendel Plays and Introduces Schubert: Vol. 5, Alfred Brendel Plays and Introduces Schubert: Vol. 2, Alfred Brendel Plays and Introduces Schubert: Vol. 1, Liszt: Annees De Pelerinage I & II, Taste of the Arts: Vol. 2

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1 He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1989 Queen's Honours List for his services to music.
2 Pianist.



Legend 2015/I performer: "Impromptus, Op 90. No 1 in C Minor"
Ex Machina 2014 performer: "Schubert Piano Sonata No.21 in B Flat Minor"
Sunshine Superman 2014 Documentary performer: "2. Andantino [Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 "Jeunehomme"]"
Ida 2013 performer: "Ich Ruf Zu Dir Herr Jesu Christ"
Thérèse 2012 performer: "No 2 in A Flat Andantino [6 moments musicaux, Op. 94 D 780]"
The Kid with a Bike 2011 performer: "Adagio un poco mosso" from Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73
Listening 2003 Short performer: "Piano Concerto No. 5: Second Movement"
Der Schüler Gerber 1981 TV Movie performer: "Andantino aus der Klaviersonate in D-Dur"
Tableaux d'une exposition 1972 Short "Gnomus", "Il Vecchio Castello", "Tuileries"

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Knockturne 2010 Short music



Set the Piano Stool on Fire 2011 Documentary Himself
Pianomania 2009 Documentary Pianist
The Culture Show 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Salzburg Festival 2006 Video documentary Himself
Brendel in Performance 2001 TV Movie Himself
Alfred Brendel: Man and Mask 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Keller Instinct 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Levin Interviews 1982 TV Series Himself

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