on 28 October 2011
Brendel is (I suppose we have to say "was" since he is sadly no longer performing) unbettered in this repertoire. Haydn's piano music is less well known than his symphonies, string quartets and masses and Brendel's performances of these four sonatas make an excellent entry point. The Mozart disc includes a gripping performance of the D minor concerto (with the late lamented Charles Mackerras conducting) that is unusual in having a first movement cadenza (maybe by Brendel himself?) that differs from that by Beethoven which is usually played in the absence of any surviving from Mozart himself.