Alfred Brendel: My Musical Life (DVD) | Supraphon SU71419

Alfred Brendel: My Musical Life (DVD)

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU71419

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: 22nd January 2021



Alfred Brendel
Jan Bartos (piano)
Trio Incendio


Alfred Brendel
Jan Bartos (piano)
Trio Incendio


When, in December 2008, six decades into his illustrious career, Alfred Brendel bade farewell to an emotional Viennese audience, it was not a “full stop”, as it may have appeared at that moment. Rather a “semicolon”. With more time on his hands, the  celebrated pianist went on to focus on other activities – writing (essays on music, poetry), giving lectures, leading masterclasses. In January 2021, Brendel will celebrate his 90th birthday, possessing profound knowledge and experience, as well as a great zest for learning new things. And also a sense of humour, which he has often turned against himself. Precious few artists have influenced the perception and performance of music as much as Brendel has. He was the first to have recorded the complete Beethoven piano works, he succeeded in bringing Franz Schubert’s music back to the concert stage, among other achievements. Of late, Brendel has often visited Prague to give lectures and masterclasses at the Rudolfinum, highlights of which are captured on the present DVD. Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert are the figures he, as a pianist, treasures most.

The autobiographical lecture ‘My Musical Life’ provides the viewer with a glimpse of the universe full of paradox that gave rise to the legend called Brendel – unveiling the sources of his inspiration, education and artistry, that formed his vision of the world. The DVD affords the rare opportunity to meet the living legend.

Featured works:
- Beethoven - The Last 3 Sonatas
- Mozart - Piano Concerto in E flat major, K271
- Mozart - Piano Concerto in F major, K459
- Schubert - Piano Trio no.1 in B flat major, D898

Format: DVD9
Region: 0
Language: EN
Subtitles: EN, DE, CZ
Picture: NTSC 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo

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