Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Vol. Iv
 
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Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Vol. Iv

9 Oct 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Oct 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: VOX
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 VOX
  • Total Length: 2:09:40
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  • ASIN: B001N7H68S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,300 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Horton on 8 Sep 2012
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This is a very generous set. It contains not only the three major collections of Bagatells but also the monumental Diabelli Variations plus some other sundry pieces. Bredel's playing is wonderful, crisp and warm and the transfer from these classic 1964 Vox recordings is clear with a lovely pearly piano sound. Warmly recommended for anyone who wishes to descover Beethoven's genius as a miniturist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wodehousefan on 8 Dec 2012
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I bought this just for the Diabelli variations, and it would have been terrific value even if that was the only thing on the CD (53 minutes), and so the extra disc makes it FANTASTIC value.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
a classic 18 Feb 2001
By "xxj" - Published on Amazon.com
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Unlike your own reviewer, who emphasizes Brendel's blandness of manner in the Diabelli variations, I prize the care for depth and scope of compositional perception that the pianist's "above the self" manner of approaching these astounding variations is able to reveal, which would have been subsumed in an emotional approach to the material of Diabelli's very straight-forwardly constructed waltz. This recording brought made the work available when it was all but unknown by the general, classical music public, and its contemporary critics faulted it as "cerebral" but never as thoughtless or eccentric. The amount of salient, compositional thought that Brendel reveals is breathtaking and affords a window onto the landscape of Beethoven's own interests and attitudes towards both composing and the piano, both of which have been uniquely seminal for piano music in the centuries that followed, down to the present. I remember being breathtaken both by the work and the pianist's accomplishment when the recording first came out, and all the committedly artist pianists I know consider Brendel's accomplishment a kind of benchmark for their own work. Certainly, this recording contributed to Brendel's reputation in its early days, and it remains one that no serious pianist wants to overlook - something in its way unique. I booted up my computer just now in hopes that Amazon would have it available, even after all these "yea many" years, to order it as a gift to a friend who has resumed serious piano lessons as a mature adult, having stopped decades earlier while still a child, and is playing Diabelli duets and listening enthusiastically to later CD's of Brendel playing Mozart. I am delighted to see that Amazon's reviewer's low rating of this truly classic recording and monumental artistic achievement coincides with a dirt-cheap price for a two-CD set offering these variations together with all of Beethoven's bagatelles, so I am checking the "buy now" box now with a will. This reminds me that when the recording came out Brendel was - I believe - the first to record all the piano music of Beethoven. As part of a brilliantly considered, comprehensive overview of Beethoven's output for his most beloved instrument, in which no technical hurdle daunts the pianist at all and musical ideas rule completely, this performance takes the occasion seriously to an unparallelled degree. Thanks to Brendel's seemingly "selfless" commitment to Beethoven's art, the recording enables an auditor to share in that remarkable overview as a full, human equal, whether he is an artistic equal or not. I think Beethoven would have been delighted - had he been able to hear this performance.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Bargain 16 Mar 2008
By William L. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned and enjoyed these performances for many years, so I was really amazed when I read the bad review from the Amazon reviewer. The 1994 Penguin Guide gave the Diabelli Variations a very positive 3-star review, calling it a powerful, commanding performance, and also praised the Bagatelles as beautifully done. The sound is also good , if a bit too closely recorded. This has to be one of the best buys around.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
ONE OF THE TOP PERFORMERS! 9 Oct 2005
By T. Bellows - Published on Amazon.com
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Again, for me, Brendel comes across with his usual "swingin" and sure rhythms and his subtle power. He plays through a wonderful comprehension of the LVB works. And he transmits that magically!

Also, with A.B., we get every note played clearly--in "high-definition." Astonishing to hear this even in the fastest passages. For this listener, Brendel's clarity and grace are a pure excitement. (Ever wonder if he was LVB in a past existence? I wouldn't be surprised.)
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven 13 Feb 2013
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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Pride and Prejudice - contained one of the compositions

The whole content of both CDs is wonderful.

Thanks for carrying it
6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Flat, humorless, earthbound 20 July 2005
By The Man in the Hathaway Shirt - Published on Amazon.com
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Egads! This is almost a "party album." It currently wins the "Worst Piano CD In My Collection" award. (That will soon change, as it's headed for the second-hand shop.) Brendel takes Beethoven's wry commentary on salon music and does nothing with it except play each variation earnestly and soberly. I have to wonder how long he lived with and thought about the score, and if he studied the history of the work, and Beethoven's opinion of Diabelli, his waltz, and the whole publishing project with which Diabelli was engaged, before making this recording. I say this in part because Brendel's next recording of the piece, a live 1976 traversal on Philips, is light-years ahead of this in terms of characterization of each variation. Here each is treated the same, as grante-heavy and devoid of life, of wit, of contrast, of irony. Elements such as comic repetitons in the waltz's flat-footed rhythm or exaggerations of its Viennese "drawing room" flavor are treated with all the seriousness of the Eroica Variations.

The Bagatelles are the same, treated more like a baga McDonald's hamburgers--each one overcooked, identical and bland. These are some of Beethoven's most unique and characterful works--what you play for people who say the old man had no sense of humor. (Beethoven, I mean; I don't know what to say to people who say Brendel has no sense of humor.) These flat readings never go beyond the ink on the pages.

This is extremely competitive territory. Despite the previous reviewer who says Brendel made mainstream listeners aware of the Diabellis for the first time, these works have been recorded over and over since the phonograph was invented practically. There are many better recordings, starting with the first, Schnabel, and continuing with Horszowski, Ugorski, Brendel 1976, Anderszewski, and Kovacevich. All have their blemishes and eccentricities, and no one completely works for me (Schnabel and Kovacevich come closest), but all are better than this sorry recording, with some nasty and poorly-spliced tape edits. For the Op. 126 Bagatelles, two words for ya--Richter, Praga. For the rest, go shopping, listen to some other pianists. Anything has got to be better than this.
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