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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC, 17 Mar 2009
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Nora Gluckmann "Norita" (Aylesbury,England, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
There is nothing more to be added. This interpretation (as many others of the same pianist) are just perfect.
I had the great luck to listen to Brendel in Rome,he played Schubert and for me,it was like to what happened with Beethoven: I rediscovered these extraordinary composers.Brendel makes you appreciate the sensitivity of each artist he approaches. You cannot miss him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peerless Brendel, 21 Aug 2011
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levelheaded (Suffolk, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
At 8.50 for all the late Schubert sonatas, plus the Klavierstucke, this is superb value. Great sound quality and that wonderful balance and restraint you get from Brendel - no quirkiness, no overplaying the dynamic contrasts, no taking liberties with the tempi, just glorious and majestic playing.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Brendel brings solace to the weary soul, 2 April 2010
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John Ferngrove (Hants UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
Over a period of years Alfred Brendel has been transformed in my mind from my favourite Beethoven interpreter, the one I found most surprising and exciting, to one whose interpretations I came to find ever more jarring. This is no discredit to Brendel as an artist. It's just that as my acquaintance with Beethoven's mighty piano corpus deepens with the years, then my own opinions and expectations about how I want to hear them played naturally enough grow more exacting. Just lately Barenboim is my Beethoven interpreter of choice, but in five years time it could be someone else. However, with these highly treasured Schubert discs I can find no fault in Brendel's playing from beginning to end. He is like a guide on a walk through paradise, who leads without putting a foot wrong. Of course, the pianistic demands of the works on these discs are not quite as formidable as so much of Beethoven's, but this music makes demands on the performer of a different kind. These pieces require a sustained spiritual poise, and a hard won equanimity before the vicissitudes of life, if the vast depths within them are to be opened up to the listener. Indeed, Brendel brings a contemplative intensity and an egoic transparency to these works that is almost Zen-like.

It seems that one way we might distinguish musical works is between those in which we sense the deep stamp of the composer's intent, as when we hear so often of the performer's quest to realise some projection of that intent. On the other hand there are those works which composers have created as vessels in which the performer might pour their own soul, possessed of an indefinite potential for variety of realisation. Such works, wherein they are expected to be more than a facilitatory conduit, take the true measure of the humanity of the performer. To hear Brendel play these pieces one would have no idea they were written by a man who was desperately ill, and who faced imminent death, just when he knew himself to be coming into a whole new order of his own musical powers. What does this mean? Does it mean that Brendel is not playing them as Schubert `intended'? Should Brendel be seeking to play them as Schubert might? Given Schubert's predicament, it is not really realistic or constructive for anyone not thus threatened to even attempt to imagine what these works meant for him at the time they were written. No, what we hear here, is the soulful response of one master, Brendel, to the luminous spirit of another from another age, Schubert's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 4 April 2013
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David R. Hill "David" (Cheshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
A beautiful recording that I love listening to. It was competitively priced and incredibly close to the download price, so I went for the real CDs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What needs to be said?, 27 Nov 2010
This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
What REALLY needs to be said? Brendel in Schubert - even after all these years he is THE master. An indispensable 2 disc set.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new friend discovered, 5 Jun 2009
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Dj Siddall (Lakestay for Lovers of the English Lakes) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
We are all familiar with the Trout but these piano sonatas are superb. You know that feeling when you discover a new piece of music that becomes a new found friend.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert Piano Sonatas, 22 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Schubert: Last Three Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
The two discs of Schubert's Piano Concerto's are excellent the 960 is favourite and is always being played, good recording. I will be coming back for more shortly.
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