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on 30 June 2009
I always consider that Brendel is the supreme pianist - less percussive than, for instance, Richter, but with a smoothness and delicacy of touch which is unrivaled. Nontheless, parts of this rendering have as much percussion as one could wish for.

Strongly recommended!
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on 2 November 2013
Heard this on the radio and enjoyed it very much indeed. However the recoding is very ordinary and I am a little disappointed on the whole. Perhaps it is due to it having been recorded in studio although I cannot think why that should affect the actual performance. Brendal is a brilliant pianist without question and Rattle a great conductor , together they should be great but for me it
has no magic.
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on 13 January 2016
Reader, I’m not going to waste ammo on this Emperor other than to say it’s dreary. As ever, Rattle is cadaverous in Beethoven and who can doubt that Uncle Alfred was wearing his tweed sports-jacket (with patches on the elbows) when he followed suit. FFS, God gave you the blood in your veins to red-line yourself in ecstasy, not to hobble across the pedestrian crossing!

Nevertheless, this limp performance of the Emperor is a godsend when compared with the Appassionata. If you think it’s a good idea to haydn-ize Opus 57, well, Christmas comes early for you. Over time, the F Minor Sonata has been associated with the infernal, as if it charts the ascendancy and fall of Lucifer, the bright star of the morning. Titans such as Gilels and Richter both vent devilry and in doing so, subvert mere reason. Being the one-trick Apollonian pony that he is, Brendel trots along in their wake, ever-prudent, respectful of notes and phrases, mindful that children might listen to this disc and they’re not to be scared under any circumstances.

Consider these two pressure points in the finale:

2’38” where at the famous scale-work up and down the keyboard, Brendel offers a salute to the Jack Russell Terriers in our midst.

7’30” – the coda itself which, when played like this, sounds like a jig from middle-period Haydn.

Beethoven writes “Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.”

Here, mere cordial is on offer and diluted at that.
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on 16 July 2013
the piece is beautiful, one of my favourite concertos anyway,,,brendel just puts emotion on it that fails words,,,,,totally recommend if you are a fan of the emperor
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on 8 January 2015
Perfect, bought as a gift, the seller took great care to make sure the CD arrived before christmas even though I'd left it a bit late to order, very happy indeed.
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on 23 November 2012
This CD arrived well packed in excellent condition, It is a very fine recording with Alfred Brendel showing off his usual brilliance on the pianoi
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on 17 December 2012
Very good it can be listened to while relaxing with a cup of coffee or something stronger ! Brendel and Rattle at their best
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