I would class myself as someone who, whilst not a music scholar, knows quite a bit about music and theory of music and performance. I have seen Brendel perform in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall (a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Beethoven and Schubert) and also have several of his recordings, including the Schoenberg concerto ... So I would also class myself as an ardent fan of Alfred Brendel. Therefore approaching the viewing of this DVD set, I was both looking forward to it and hoping to find out a bit more about the man and his thoughts. On that basis, the series of 3 lectures are very revealing. They do bring an additional dimension to the knowledge of Brendel as a performer and as an witty enthusiastic exponent of not just his own repertoire but music and musical performance in general.
Had I not known much about music theory or never played an instrument in my life, I am not sure how heavy going I might have found the series. Possibly a bit dry, as it is essentially Brendel sat by a grand piano in a small hall, with select audience (in Salszburg) and he talks about a range of subjects (from humour in classical music to details of performance traditions) and he mainly talks in a reading (as opposed to orating) style and turns to the piano with some well made examples (musical extracts to highlight the points he is making). But perhaps someone with little musical knowledge may not seek or come across this DVD release, unless they are a huge fan of Brendel's. For myself, in the context already explained, I enjoyed and most of all learnt a lot from watching the lectures. Even with my background knowledge and experience, his style of lecturing was a bit dry but nevertheless it is interspersed with his genuine wit and humour which is what carried the lot throug and kept me interested.