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Alfred Brendel on Music: His Collected Essays Paperback – 25 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906217017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906217013
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Alfred Brendel... has the effect almost of transposing into language the greatness of the Beethoven, Schubert, Busoni, Liszt, etc. he plays' - Stephen Spender 'Alfred Brendel is not only one of the world's greatest pianists; he is a defining presence, who has changed the way we want to hear the major works of the piano repertory' - Susan Sontag 'Everything he writes demonstrates the acuteness of his intelligence as well as the depth of his sensibility' - Anthony Storr, Independent on Sunday '... a blending of the musical and human, historical and personal. It is what gives his writing, like his playing, its sense of excitement and commitment.' The Economist"

About the Author

Alfred Brendel was born in Wiesenberg in 1931, but has lived in London for many years. One of the world's greatest pianists, he is renowned for his interpretation of Schubert, Beethoven and the other great composers he plays, as well as for his writing on music. His book Music Sounded Out (included in this volume) won the Royal Philharmonic Society Charles Heidsieck Music Award 'For the special insights and musical wisdom which a performer of genius can bring to bear on the music which he has studied and played for so long...'


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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2011
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Alfred Brendel is one of the jewels of of music and art, of our times and perhaps for decades and centuries to come. To have his recordings and see him in concerts are great gifts, therefore to find that he has also written books sparked a natural curiosity in me to find out more, Because of what I knew already of his witty and insightful character, I wasn't at all surprised that I found his book very absorbing, His essay on Mozart solo piano works, for example, is outstanding in revealing even more about the great composer's methods than i thought I knew. Also his view of the context of those works in the massive solo piano repertoire, are very enlightening. Of course he covers many other composers, and not just piano music. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert to name just a few, are included too. You can dip in and out of this book as a refence, but it easily also works read in sequence.

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With the release of the Kindle edition, this book deserves the full 5 stars
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Having seen him play 18 times at least his perceptions of music compare with his exemplary playing. I wanted to have the book to find out the opinions of someone that I admire greatly. Brendel has a great wit and enthusiasm and would be a very fine person to have a conversation with.
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This is a very instructing book of witty and learned essays by one of the most important pianists of the XX century. Absolutely suggested!
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Very pleased, thank you
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the book itself, content is fine. just what my wife wanted. however, the condition of the book was not great. the edging was stained, and looked far from brand new. regret having given it, but once given, couldnt return and complain. i will think twice before ordering again.
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