Alfred Brendel Edition | Brilliant Classics 93761

Alfred Brendel Edition

Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 93761

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 35

Release Date: 27th October 2008

Contents

Artists

Alfred Brendel

Artists

Alfred Brendel

About

The complete Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard solo recordings.

Alfred Brendel retires this year from public performance. He will give his last recital in December at Vienna’s Musikverein, in the city where he came to prominence over half a century ago. The recordings he made then for young American labels established in the wake of the Second World War, harnessing young talent in classic repertoire, have stood the test of time. They put down a marker for the music that Brendel would come almost to ‘own’ in the eyes of the piano-music-loving public: the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, Mozart concertos, Schubert, Liszt and Schoenberg. He would later bring deepening insights to the core of the Austro-German repertoire that was his mainstay, but these early recordings are of far more than merely historical value: they are the first, impetuous explorations of a true keyboard lion. Thus there is also music we don’t associate with Brendel, and to which he chose not to return, especially from Russia: Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. In sum, and at a specially reduced price, this is essential listening for anyone interested in piano music and in the career of one of the greatest living pianists.

Many of these performances have scarcely been available on CD: this is the first time they have been gathered together as a set. Extensive booklet notes by pianophile Ates Orga, including a conversation piece with Brendel.


Tracklisting:

CD 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major K271 ‘Jeunehomme’
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat major K449
 
Alfred Brendel
The Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard recordings
Alfred Brendel piano
I Solisti di Zagreb, Antonio Janigro
 
CD 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Piano Concerto No.17 in G major K453
Piano Concerto No.25 in C major K503
Joseph Haydn 1732–1809
Piano Concerto in D major Hob. XVIII No.11
 
Alfred Brendel piano
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper (K453)
Pro Musica Orchestra, Vienna (K503)
Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Haydn)
Paul Angerer, conductor
 
CD 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Piano Concerto No.19 in F major K459
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466

Alfred Brendel piano
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Wilfried Boettcher
 
CD 4
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major K482
Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major K595
Rondo in D major K382
 
Alfred Brendel piano
Vienna Chamber Orchestra (K482)
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper (K595, K382)
Paul Angerer, conductor
 
CD 5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Piano Sonata in A minor K310
Fantasy in C minor K396
Rondo in A minor K511
Variations in D major on a Menuet by Duport K573

Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 6
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Concerto in E flat major for two pianos K365
Sonata in D major for two pianos K448
Fugue in C minor for two pianos K426: Allegro moderato
Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds K452
 
Alfred Brendel and Walter Klien pianos (1-7)
Alfred Brendel piano
members of the Hungarian Quintet
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Paul Angerer
 
CD 7
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19

Alfred Brendel piano
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilfried Boettcher (1–3)
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Heinz Wallberg (4–6)
 
CD 8
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Op.58
 
Alfred Brendel piano
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg
 
CD 9
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 ‘Emperor’
Choral Fantasy in C minor Op.80
 
Alfred Brendel piano
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (1–3)
Stuttgart Lehrergesangverein, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,
Wilfried Boettcher (4)
 
CD 10
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat major Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 11
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.28 in A major Op.101
Piano Sonata No.30 in E major Op.109
Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major Op.110
Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 12
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’
Piano Sonata No.22 in F major Op.54
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat major Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’
Piano Sonata No.16 in G major Op.31 No.1
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 13
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 ‘Tempest’
Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat major Op.31 No.3
Piano Sonata No.21 in C major Op.53 ‘Waldstein’
Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 14
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1
Piano Sonata No.25 in G major Op.79
Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1
Piano Sonata No.6 in F major Op.10 No.2
Piano Sonata No.9 in E major Op.14 No.1
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 15
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.10 in G major Op.14 No.2
Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat major Op.27 No.1
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’
Piano Sonata No.15 in D major Op.28 ‘Pastoral’

Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 16
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.7 in D major Op.10 No.3
Piano Sonata No.2 in A major Op.2 No.2
Piano Sonata No.3 in C major Op.2 No.3
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 17
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 ‘Pathétique’
Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat major Op.22
Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat major Op.26 ‘Funeral March’
Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp major Op.78
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 18
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat major Op.7
Piano Sonata No.20 in G major Op.49 No.2
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major Op.16
Rondo in B flat major G151 Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Wilfried Boettcher
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 19
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
‘Eroica’ Variations in E flat major Op.35
Piano Sonata No.20 in G major Op.49 No.2
5 Variations on ‘Rule Britannia’ in D major WoO 79
7 Variations on ‘God Save the King’ in C major WoO 78
12 Variations on a Russian Dance from Wranitsky’s Ballet Das Waldmädchen’ in A major WoO 71
6 Variations on an Original Theme in F major Op.34
6 Variations on a Theme from ‘The Ruins of Athens’ in D major Op.76
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 20
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor WoO 80
7 Variations from Winter’s Opera ‘Das unterbrochene Opferfest’ in F major WoO 75
24 Variations on Righini’s Air ‘Venni amore’ in D major WoO 65
6 Variations on the Duet from Paisello’s ‘La Molinara’ in G major WoO 70
8 Variations on Süssmayr’s Theme ‘Tändeln und Scherzen’ in F major WoO 76
13 Variations on Dittersdorf’s Air ‘Es war einmal ein alter Mann’ in A major WoO 66
10 Variations on Salieri’s Air ‘La stessa, la stessissima’ in B flat major WoO 73

Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 21
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
6 Easy Variations on a Swiss Air in F major WoO 64
9 Variations on Paisello’s Air ‘Quant’è più bello’ in A major WoO 69
6 Variations on an Original Theme in G major WoO 77
8 Variations on Grétry’s Air ‘Un fièvre brûlante’ in C major WoO 72
Rondo in G major Op.51 No.2
Allegretto in C minor WoO 53
6 Ecossaises WoO 83
Bagatelle in A minor ‘Für Elise’ WoO 59
Polonaise in C major Op.89
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 22
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Diabelli Variations in C major Op.120
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 23
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
6 Bagatelles Op.126
Rondo a capriccio in G major Rage over a lost penny’ Op.129
Rondo in C major Op.51 No.1
7 Bagatelles Op.33
Andante favori in F major WoO 57
Ziemlich lebhaft in B flat major WoO 60
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 24
Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Piano Sonata in C minor D958
Piano Sonata in C major D840 ‘Unfinished’
German Dances D783
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 25
Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Impromptus D899
Moments musicaux D780
Drei Klavierstücke D946
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 26
Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Wanderer Fantasy in C major D760
Impromptus D935
Franz Schubert 1797–1828 realised by Franz Liszt 1811–1886
Wanderer Fantasy in C major for piano & orchestra
 
Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Michael Gielen
 
CD 27
Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849
Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 ‘Heroic’
Polonaise in C minor Op.40 No.2
Polonaise in F sharp minor Op.44
Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat major Op.61
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major Op.22
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 28
Robert Schumann 1810–1856
Fantasy in C major Op.17
Études Symphoniques Op.13
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 29
Franz Liszt 1811–1886
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major
Piano Concerto No.2 in A major
Totentanz
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 30
Franz Liszt 1811–1886
Piano Sonata in B minor
Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année, Italie
Piano Sonata ‘après une lecture de Dante’

Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 31
Franz Liszt 1811–1886
Opera transcriptions and paraphrases
Lucia di Lammermoor: Sextet (Donizetti)
Il trovatore: Miserere (Verdi)
Norma Fantasy (Bellini)
Oberon Overture (Weber)
Benvenuto Cellini: Benediction & Oath (Berlioz)
Tannhäuser: Pilgrims’ Chorus (Wagner)
Paganini Études
Tremolo in G minor
Octave in E flat major
La campanella in G sharp minor
Arpeggio in E major
La Chasse in E major
Variations in A minor
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 32
Franz Liszt 1811–1886
Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année, Italie
Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
No.47
No.104
No.123
Venezia e Napoli – Tarantella
Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
Invocation
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
Pensées des morts
Funérailles
Cantique d’amour
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 33
Franz Liszt 1811–1886
6 Hungarian Rhapsodies
Hungarian Rhapsody No.15: ‘Rakoczy March’
Hungarian Rhapsody No.3: Andante
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2: Lento a capriccioso
Hungarian Rhapsody No.13: Andante sostenuto
Hungarian Rhapsody No.8: Lento a capriccio
Hungarian Rhapsody No.17: Lento
Csárdás obstiné
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 34
Modest Mussorgsky 1839–1881
Pictures at an Exhibition
Igor Stravinsky 1882–1971
Petrushka – Suite
Mili Balakirev 1836–1910
Islamey – Oriental Fantasy
 
Alfred Brendel piano
 
CD 35
Arnold Schoenberg 1874–1951
Piano Concerto Op.42
Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major Op.55
 
Alfred Brendel piano
Symphony Orchestra of Southwest German Radio Baden-Baden,
Michael Gielen (Schoenberg)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Jonathan Sternberg (Prokofiev)

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