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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas & Concertos [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0043UOQ26
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 2. AdagioAlfred Brendel 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 4. PrestissimoAlfred Brendel 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 1. Allegro vivaceAlfred Brendel 7:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 2. Largo appassionatoAlfred Brendel 6:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegretto)Alfred Brendel 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 - 4. Rondo (Grazioso)Alfred Brendel 6:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 1. Allegro molto e con brioAlfred Brendel 8:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 2. Largo, con gran espressioneAlfred Brendel 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 3. AllegroAlfred Brendel 5:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)Alfred Brendel 7:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 1. Allegro con brioAlfred Brendel10:19£1.49  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 4. Allegro assaiAlfred Brendel 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 1. Allegro molto e con brioAlfred Brendel 5:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 2. Adagio moltoAlfred Brendel 9:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 3. Finale (Prestissimo)Alfred Brendel 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 2. AllegrettoAlfred Brendel 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 3. PrestoAlfred Brendel 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brioAlfred Brendel 9:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 2. Adagio cantabileAlfred Brendel 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Alfred Brendel 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 1. PrestoAlfred Brendel 6:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 2. Largo e mestoAlfred Brendel10:42£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)Alfred Brendel 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 4. Rondo (Allegro)Alfred Brendel 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 2. AllegrettoAlfred Brendel 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)Alfred Brendel 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel 7:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 2. AndanteAlfred Brendel 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)Alfred Brendel 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 1. Allegro con brioAlfred Brendel 7:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 2. Adagio con molto espressioneAlfred Brendel 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 3. MenuettoAlfred Brendel 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto)Alfred Brendel 6:28£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 1. Andante con variazioniAlfred Brendel 8:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)Alfred Brendel 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un EroeAlfred Brendel 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 4. AllegroAlfred Brendel 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo IAlfred Brendel 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 2. Allegro molto e vivaceAlfred Brendel 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 3. Adagio con espressioneAlfred Brendel 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - PrestoAlfred Brendel 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenutoAlfred Brendel 6:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 2. AllegrettoAlfred Brendel 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 3. PrestoAlfred Brendel 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel10:48£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 2. AndanteAlfred Brendel 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)Alfred Brendel 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)Alfred Brendel 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 1. Allegro vivaceAlfred Brendel 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 2. Adagio graziosoAlfred Brendel11:08£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto)Alfred Brendel 6:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 1. Largo - AllegroAlfred Brendel 8:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 2. AdagioAlfred Brendel 8:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 3. AllegrettoAlfred Brendel 6:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel 8:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)Alfred Brendel 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)Alfred Brendel 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 4. Presto con fuocoAlfred Brendel 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 1. AndanteAlfred Brendel 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro)Alfred Brendel 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 1. Allegro ma non troppoAlfred Brendel 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 2. Tempo di MenuettoAlfred Brendel 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 1. Allegro con brioAlfred Brendel10:48£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)Alfred Brendel 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)Alfred Brendel 9:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 1. In Tempo d'un MenuettoAlfred Brendel 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 2. AllegrettoAlfred Brendel 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assaiAlfred Brendel 9:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con motoAlfred Brendel 6:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 3. Allegro ma non troppoAlfred Brendel 8:08£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese" - 1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppoAlfred Brendel 7:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese" - 2. Allegro vivaceAlfred Brendel 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 1. Presto alla tedescaAlfred Brendel 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 2. AndanteAlfred Brendel 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 3. VivaceAlfred Brendel 1:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)Alfred Brendel 7:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 2. Abwesendheit (Andante espressivo)Alfred Brendel 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente)Alfred Brendel 5:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 - 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und AusdruckAlfred Brendel 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 - 2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragenAlfred Brendel 8:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)Alfred Brendel 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)Alfred Brendel 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)Alfred Brendel 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossen- heit (Allegro)Alfred Brendel 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 1. AllegroAlfred Brendel11:42£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)Alfred Brendel 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 3. Adagio sostenutoAlfred Brendel19:35£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 4. Largo - Allegro risolutoAlfred Brendel12:13£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo IAlfred Brendel 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 2. PrestissimoAlfred Brendel 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)Alfred Brendel13:35£1.89  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivoAlfred Brendel 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 2. Allegro moltoAlfred Brendel 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 3. Adagio ma non troppoAlfred Brendel10:36£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionatoAlfred Brendel 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)Alfred Brendel17:18£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Andante favori in F, WoO 57Alfred Brendel 9:44£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brioBernard Haitink17:20£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 2. LargoBernard Haitink12:30£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)Bernard Haitink 8:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brioBernard Haitink14:09£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 2. AdagioBernard Haitink 9:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)Bernard Haitink 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 11:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brioBernard Haitink17:11£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. LargoBernard Haitink10:30£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Bernard Haitink 9:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderatoBernard Haitink16:59£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con motoBernard Haitink 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)Bernard Haitink 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 12:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 1. AllegroBernard Haitink20:57£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mossoBernard Haitink 8:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)Bernard Haitink10:27£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 1. AdagioBernard Haitink 3:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 2. Finale: a) Allegro - Meno allegro - Allegro molto - Adagio ma non troppo - Marcia, assai vivaceBernard Haitink11:59£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 2. Finale: b) Allegro - Allegretto ma non troppo (quasi Andante con moto) - PrestoLondon Philharmonic Choir 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 


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CD Description

Marking Alfred Brendel's 80th birthday, this stunning collection of Beethoven’s entire Piano works, is a Beethoven and Brendel fan must-have. Brendel’s Beethoven is represented by his analogue traversal (1970–77) of the 32 Piano Sonatas and the 5 Piano Concertos, long unavailable, and including the Choral fantasia (with LPO/Haitink, recorded 1976-77) and now packaged as a cap box.


Tracklisting

CD 1
Sonatas Op.2, nos.1 & 2; op.7

CD 2
Sonatas Op.2 no.3; Op.10, nos.1 & 2; Op.13

CD 3
Sonatas Op.10, no.3; Op.14, nos.1 & 2 Op.22

CD 4
Sonatas Op.26; Op.27 nos.1 & 2; Op.28

CD 5
Sonatas Op.31 nos.1-3; Op.49 no.1

CD 6
Sonatas Op.49, no. 2; Op.53; Op.54; Op.57

CD 7
Sonatas Op.78; Op.79; Op.81a; Op.90; Op.101

CD 8
Sonatas Op.106; Op.109

CD 9
Sonatas Op.110; Op.111; Andante favori, WoO 57

CD 10
Piano Concertos 1 & 2

CD 11
Piano Concertos 3 & 4

CD 12
Piano Concerto 5; Choral fantasia

Product Description

12CD Alfred Brendel

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set 26 Mar 2012
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I prefer the simplicity of paper sleeves,the whole package takes up less room on my crowded shelves.The music,it need not be stated,is fabulous,Al proves yet again that his detractors are bizarrely mistaken.How can anyone doubt his abilities?Is there jealously involved.or is it because he is something of a scholar as well as a player?
For those with ears,this is beyond superlatives.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful sound!!!! 27 Sep 2011
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my wife received this for her birthday. i get to listen to a master performing on a regular basis. a LOVELY set of music, beautifully recorded. the sonatas in particular. lovely!!!!
might say that just putting the cd into a paper holder, given the price, and for recordings made twenty plus years ago, is a bit off. packaging could be better.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for music, 1 for packaging and price 2 Jan 2012
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A classic and probably Brendel's best set (I prefer it to the later one). An easy five star.

But in an era where classical CD sales are plummeting, offering such a lame package of old performances at this price is very much indicative of where the industry has gone wrong. Expect a simple cardboard box (nothing luxurious there), CDs in a lousy paper sleeve and a pathetic excuse of a booklet with just lists the tracks.
Brilliant Classics would sell this kind of set for half of the price.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STELLAR CYCLE, available once again! 18 Mar 2011
By Gregory E. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
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YES!

This is the cycle IMHO that put Alfred Brendel "on the map" for Beethoven interpretation. How well I remember the day I purchased this set on LP, in the BIG BOX, and literally "danced" out of the store, went home and began listening to these recordings for the first time! First, I had never heard all of the sonatas until then, and second I was simply in awe of the magnitude of this great volume of work written by perhaps the greatest musical genious of all time. I was mesmerized and this set (minus the concertos, of course) quickly became one of my most treasured recordings. Somehow, sadly, I missed this release the first time 'round on cd but did buy the digitally recorded traversal (his third set), but while they were quite wonderful I felt them not of the same character overall as this middle set of recordings, and longed for them but was not willing to pay collector prices for them.

How fortuitous for us that Decca (somehow the successor? of Philips) has decided to honor Alfred Brendel with a re-release of these masterful interpretations, and now including the concertos, upon his retirement from public performance (and probably from studio recording also). This is the set, by Brendel, that you want... The old Vox set had passages of great "early" brilliance from this greatest of pianists, and the third, digital, set presented the "mature" reflective Brendel. This set captured him at the time when he was reaching his early maturity interpretatively of Beethoven's great cycle for solo instrument, no longer eager to dazzle us as earlier on Vox, but now presenting these works with a mature and searching approach, secure in his attack and comfortable in his rethinking from that earlier set. As I said earlier, the third set (also now re-released on Decca vs. Philips) is wonderful, and has its place surely, and the interpretations are another approach in his senior years, having rethought many of them again, but how many sets by one artist is the average music lover going to either want or can afford? Thus, this middle set is the set that overall stands out as his "best" overall interpretation of the entire "32", and of course now it comes with a "bonus" and special treat with the concerto recordings with the LSO/Haitink, recorded at roughly the same time as the sonatas. This is a GREAT set, and no collection for those who love Beethoven's sonatas should be without it.

Further recommendations that stand at the top of the list, with this one, are: Arrau (certainly), Kempff (earlier set, mono), Schnabel, Gulda, and Lewis (as you may know, a student of Brendel's). The Schiff set, surely, belongs here also (personally I am waiting to see if it will become available as a single box set from ECM).

Now is the time to add this awesome set to your collection while the price is an absolute steal. I got my set (elsewhere from Amazon) at $28, working out to under $2.50 per disc (including shipping)!

Further sets released by Decca in honor of Mr. Brendel's 80th birthday include: Schubert: Piano Works: Sonatas / Moments Musicaux / Impromptus / 'Wanderer' Fantasia, Birthday Tribute, The Artist's Collection: Alfred Brendel [Box Set], Farewell Concerts. All these sets are worthy of your investment and deserve your time to listen to, time well spent and deeply satisfying to the soul.

Decca deserves a great big "thank you" for bringing these wonderful sets out honoring Alfred Brendel, and also enriching our lives with these great recordings, available once again, and some for the first time.

Do enjoy this set of Beethoven's sonatas, and also feel safe in checking out these other recommended sets of Brendel's output.

~operabruin
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a Good First Set of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas? Look No Further ... 13 Dec 2011
By Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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There's no denying that Alfred Brendel is one of the most esteemed pianists of the past half century, and Beethoven was among his particular specialties. Brendel actually recorded the complete set of 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas three times during his career (he retired from public performances in 2008), and due to his expertise and command of the piano, as well as his interpretive skill of Beethoven's works, won acclaim for each of these cycles. As with many "best of kind" performances, these sets could, unfortunately, be hideously expensive to acquire, but if one had the opportunity to enjoy them, the rewards were substantial. There's a reason why Brendel has racked up so many awards and has been received with such universal acclaim, and even the briefest of examinations of any of these recording sets reveals just why.

Brendel has a magnificent command of the instrument. It is difficult to describe his style, but I might suggest that he is a classicist in performance, meaning that he attempts to remain "true" to original composition with little distracting interpretive style, yet with a deep pathos and a seeming deftness in play that makes you forget you are listening to someone who has practiced all his life. If you had the opportunity to see Brendel perform in person, you might have noticed that his mastery of the instrument was so total that he was able even to give subtle lighthearted signals to the audience while playing while never missing a note. (Once, while seeing him perform at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he had just finished a Mozart piano sonata, and on the closing notes, made a little "trill," looked at the audience, and wiggled his eyebrows up and down in a playful grin, as if he were channeling Mozart's sense of humor. It was touching and funny, and yet, if one was simply listening, and not watching, the performance, the little "aside" would never have been noticed.) It's as if his technical performance had become detached from a second line of thought in his mind, which, I suppose, is true of many of the greatest players, but is impressive, nonetheless.

Many reviewers will rate this particular set of Brendel's performance of the 32 sonatas as his best of the three. This particular set, being the "middle" set in chronological terms (it was recorded in the 1970's on analog equipment), was completed when Brendel was beyond his early years, but still far away from the closing arc of his career. This set therefore presents a mature, yet fresh, Brendel performance of Beethoven's classic works. What I would say is that Brendel's playing here is smooth as silk, with little harshness, and, as such, it is one of the most listenable of the cycles which I've examined over the years. In fact, because Brendel here mixes technical acccuracy with a smooth yet emotive style, I prefer this as my favorite set of the 32 sonatas (and with the stiff competition for that spot, that's really saying something). These things are certainly affected by each person's opinion and preferences, but I believe there would be few who would not rate this set as among the best available today by any performer.

Here's the great thing. With the 2010 merger between Philips and Decca, this set has now been re-released (here) on the Decca label at a very reasonable price, and you can pick up the whole set much more less expensively than in year's gone by. It's an opportunity to expereince Brendel at his best, and to examine--either anew or for the first time--the acclaimed Beethoven Sonatas. I can easily recommend this as a five star rating, for performance, for recording, and for price.

Compare with ...
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas - Kempff
Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas - Lewis
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas - Ashkenazy]
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas - Barenboim
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas - Gilels
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beethoven set I have been waiting for. 23 Feb 2011
By Mahler fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have admired this set of Beethoven's piano sonatas for many years, but I've never purchased it until now. Brendel's first and last complete cycles leave me a bit cold, whereas this middle cycle from the 1970s is consistently captivating, especially in some of the less popular works. His performance of the second mvt. of Op. 54 is worth the price of the entire box! Pianists in my opinion usually get Op. 54 wrong, playing the finale much too fast or too dry (e.g. Frank or Ashkenazy). Brendel's pacing is perfect, and his pedaling is sublime. Speaking of pedaling, he also gets the Waldstein finale just right: wonderfully blurry at the beginning, but with subtle pedal changes that keep the texture from becoming a catatonic mess. The op. 2 sonatas are also a joy. While this box may lack the fire of Ashkenazy and Claude Frank (both of whose complete Beethoven sets I love), it contains genuine poetry, and I would recommend it without qualification. I've only listened to the 3rd Concerto so far, but I enjoyed it very much, especially his first-movement cadenza--such poetry!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brendel vs. Brendel 23 Aug 2011
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
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In Elyse Mach's "Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves" (1980), Alfred Brendel observed that "Although I generally cannot complain about the reviews I get, once in New York a critic suggested that my playing of Beethoven would mature in the next few years. I hope the critic was right. I'm discovering new subtleties in Beethoven all the time. The awareness must be ongoing."

At the time of his interview with Mach, Brendel was in his late forties and had just completed the second of his three recorded Beethoven sonata cycles. Naturally the point of Brendel's comments was that you never stop growing, and while his third cycle from the 1990's was meant to demonstrate that, a comparison between his 1970's cycle and the later one (see my review: Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas) prompts the question, Is newer necessarily better? In the case of Brendel's second and third cycles, my conclusion is that in a few sonatas, yes, the remakes are improvements, but the majority of the sonatas recorded in the '70's are superior to the pianist's final recorded statements.

Rather than go into a point by point comparison between the sets, I'll summarize by saying that by the 1990's Brendel's playing had become more like Kempff's, which is to say dry, compact and pinging, with a clipped/crimped style of attack. I'm not sure if this was conscious on Brendel's part or not, as he was a great admirer of the older pianist. His playing in the 1970's, on the other hand, was fuller and more stately, and less finicky. In the process of rethinking each sonata and all of their details, Brendel's conceptions had often become less natural by the 1990's.

The 1970's set, in general terms, is well balanced and the playing is rock solid, even grand in places. The early and middle sonatas are for the most part outstanding, a blend of spontaneity and thoughtfulness, reading Beethoven almost to perfection. To mention that the Moonlight and Les Adieux are exceptional implies that the lesser known works are not as well done, but that isn't the case. That Brendel had absorbed all of the sonatas, and applied a lot of imagination to them is demonstrated by the consistent quality of his executions, with the exceptions limited to a handful of works: the Pathetique, which begins at an absurdly slow pace and then moves into overdrive; the Waldstein, which is too rushed (but so is Schnabel's); the Appassionata, the Hammerklavier (the pianist's digital version, recorded live, is much better), and opp. 110 and 111 which are no match for Arrau (neither is Brendel's Tempest, even though he turns in a decent performance).

My chief interest in acquiring this set was the sonata cycle (the concertos with Haitink are included - there's an eccentric C major and a good B flat major, but I didn't listen to the others), and my recommendation is to go for this over the digital set.

Overall this is a fine set at a reasonable price; however, my top recommendation is Arrau's cycle, one of the greatest series of recordings in the Beethoven catalog: Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas, Collector's Edition.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest collection of Beethoven's piano music! 17 July 2011
By Daniel T. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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To me, anyways, this is an awesome collection of all of Beethoven's Sonatas and Concertos! I'm sure there are other sets out there, but to me, I think I could settle with this one for the rest of my life. The skill, technique and emotion Alfred Brendel puts into each of these pieces convey his love for these pieces. I think this is one Beethoven himself would be well pleased with. He doesn't overdo it either. This just adds another great set to my classical music repertoire. I don't boast being a musical expert, but this guy is really good. The whole collection for the most part just sounds natural and clean. Again, I'm sure there are better collections out there, but for under 30 bucks...this is an excellent way for beginners and those well acquainted with these works to enjoy these masterpieces for years to come. If you love piano music...Beethoven in particular, go for it! You won't be sorry!
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