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 Post subject: Alfred Brendle
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:35 am 
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What do make of him?
Obviously a hugely talented pianist I know and a big question but I'd be keen to hear the views of those that care. BBP perhaps?
I guess I'm talking specifically about Schubert.
I have him performing his Impromptus and Musical Moments but I just can't get along with them too well. Not as intimate as I would imagine they sounded back in the day.
I'm in the process of replacing them with renditions by Radu Lupu.

I also have him performing Pictures at an Exhibition on solo piano, as it was originally written, and it feels cold to me.

I know there is no right or wrong and this is one of things with classical music but I'd like to hear any views.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:39 am 
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Brendel is one of my favorite interpreters of Beethoven. I have the box set of him doing the complete sonatas.


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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:07 am 
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Listening to his Beethoven sonatas (I play some of them, the ones that fit on my keyboard and that won't make it shake in every direction) - in the first movement of his Pathétique (used to play that) it's... his pausing and diction in the slower sections is too slow, and even in the faster sections he can't get the tension right.

I think I'll switch back to Dubravka Tomsic.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:58 pm 
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I knew that he was well known for his Beethoven performances.
I guess it really is down to personal choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
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thenoisydrum wrote:
What do make of him?
Obviously a hugely talented pianist I know and a big question but I'd be keen to hear the views of those that care. BBP perhaps?
I guess I'm talking specifically about Schubert.
I have him performing his Impromptus and Musical Moments but I just can't get along with them too well. Not as intimate as I would imagine they sounded back in the day.
I'm in the process of replacing them with renditions by Radu Lupu.

I also have him performing Pictures at an Exhibition on solo piano, as it was originally written, and it feels cold to me.

I know there is no right or wrong and this is one of things with classical music but I'd like to hear any views.


I'm not crazy about him. Lupu is top-notch in Schubert, you are making a wise decision. Have not heard his Pictures, but I'm currently enjoying this:

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:22 am 
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Shrewnews wrote:
Brendel is one of my favorite interpreters of Beethoven. I have the box set of him doing the complete sonatas.


This one is my favorite:

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:31 am 
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Thanks to both replies Jar

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 Post subject: Re: Alfred Brendle
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thenoisydrum wrote:
Thanks to both replies Jar


You're most welcome!

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