While the Concert Hall sound quality is a little below studio recording level, Alfred Brendel's artistry seems undiminished, compared with recordings made nearly 40 years ago. It is wise to quit before the ability fades, as he has chosen to do.
Sir Charles Mackerras, who conducts, is equally indestructible. We saw him recently in a sparkling performance with the Liverpool Phil(our local heroes). On these two recordings, he and the Vienna Philharmonika complement Brendel beautifully, as we hoped they would.