HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – 13 Piano Concerti on 8 LPs (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)

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The Brendel/Mozart recordings were highly esteemed at the time of their original release and have more or less been in circulation ever since. Although Brendel made new recordings of several of the concertos with Charles Mackerras, I haven’t heard them and don’t know if they’re preferable or merely supplemental to those in this package. Frankly, after having heard these marvellous performed recordings, I can hardly believe they are better in any way.

I think these words from Brendel himself will give listeners some insight into his approach to Mozart: …..

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
Vinyl (1979)
Number of Discs: 8
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 7.87 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

I think these words from Brendel himself will give listeners some insight into his approach to Mozart:

“Mozart is one of the most sensuous composers ever. There is a sensuality too about his melodies. I’m reminded of a lovely sentence from Busoni, who said a few wonderful things in his aphorisms about Mozart. Busoni said there was no doubt that Mozart took singing as his starting point, and from this stems the uninterrupted melodiousness which shimmers through his compositions like the lovely forms of a woman through the folds of a flimsy dress. Isn’t that wonderful? And with Mozart, of course, you also have the quite amazing expressiveness which goes beyond what Busoni, who in this respect was more rooted in the nineteenth century, would concede: Mozart’s art of characterization from an early age was bound up with his observation of human beings. Mozart clearly observed people continually, and as a child took delight in improvising human emotions and reactions in the form of arias. His range is from the most comic and absurd to the demonic–which is where I disagree with Busoni, who does not recognize Mozart’s demonic side. Busoni was one of the greatest Mozart enthusiasts and a real authority–and yet it was he who said: ‘If Beethoven’s nature can be compared with the magnificence of a thunderstorm, then Mozart is an eternally sunny day.'” (from “Me of All People: Alfred Brendel in Conversation with Martin Meyer,” 2002)

I also think it’s salient to add these observations from NYT music critic Bernard Holland regarding Brendel’s Mozart concerto recordings: “Mr. Brendel’s creative powers are…strong, but they evoke a Mozart touched by everyday pains and pleasures and glowing ever so slightly with sweat. Those who want their Mozart with a little more earthly urgency will find it here. The Brendel personality reveals itself often at the ends of phrases, which in music are typically expressed by a shortening of the last note (the equivalent of a singer drawing breath). In Brendel’s Mozart this shortening is crisp, distinct; one experiences the empty space literally…. It is perhaps a misconception to view Mr. Brendel as an intellectual player, although intellectual as a writer and thinker he most certainly is. His success lies, I think, in the fierceness of his concentration, the psychic energy capable of feeling every phrase of this music in relation to every other phrase…. Mr. Brendel’s spiritual energy may often lack sensuousness, but it holds onto our ears and simply will not let go. Making the Brendel performances even more personal is the frequent use of his own cadenzas – which are strong and original though always in the context of Mozart’s harmonic world.” (NY Times, 1986)

Tracklist

  Piano Concerto KV 271 “Jeunehomme” in E flat
A1 Allegro  
A2 Andantino  
B Rondeau (Presto)  
  Piano Concerto KV 415 in C
C1 Allegro Vivace  
C2 Andante  
C3 Rondeau (Allegro)  
Piano Concerto KV 449 in E flat
D1 Allegro vivace  
D2 Andantino  
D3 Allegro ma non troppo  
Piano Concerto KV 482 in E flat
E1 Allegro  
E2 Andante  
F1 Allegro – Andante Cantabile – Tempo I  
F2 Concert Rondo KV 382 in D
F3 Concert Rondo KV 386 in A
Piano Concerto KV 466 in D minor
G1 Allegro  
G2 Romance  
G3 Rondo (Allegro assai)  
Concerto KV 491 in C minor
H1 Allegro  
H2 Larghetto  
H3 Allegretto  
Concerto KV 459 in F
I1 Allegro vivace  
I2 Allegretto  
I3 Allegro assai  
Concerto KV 488 in A
J1 Allegro  
J2 Adagio  
J3 Allegro assai  
Concerto KV 595 in B flat
K1 Allegro  
K2 Larghetto  
K3 Allegro  
Concerto KV 456 in B flat
L1 Allegro vivace  
L2 Andante un poco sostenuto  
L3 Allegro vivace  
Concerto KV 414 in A
M1 Allegro  
M2 Andante  
M3 Allegretto  
Concerto KV 453 in G
N1 Allegro  
N2 Andante  
N3 Allegretto  
Concerto KV 503 in C (Live Recording)
O Allegro Maestoso  
P1 Andante  
P2 Allegretto

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Analyzed folder: /96k WAM – 13 Piano Concerti – Brendel, Marriner
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR13        -1.23 dB     -17.93 dB     A1 Piano Concerto KV 271 ‘Jeunehomme’ in E flat – Allegro.aif
DR14        -1.26 dB     -20.19 dB     A2 Piano Concerto KV 271 ‘Jeunehomme’ in E flat – Andantino.aif
DR13        -1.01 dB     -17.83 dB     B Piano Concerto KV 271 ‘Jeunehomme’ in E flat – Rondeau (Presto).aif
DR12        -1.12 dB     -18.20 dB     C1 Piano Concerto KV 415 in C – Allegro Vivace.aif
DR14        -2.53 dB     -21.25 dB     C2 Piano Concerto KV 415 in C – Andante.aif
DR14        -0.51 dB     -19.57 dB     C3 Piano Concerto KV 415 in C – Rondeau (Allegro).aif
DR13        -0.64 dB     -18.64 dB     D1 Piano Concerto KV 449 in E flat – Allegro Vivace.aif
DR13        -3.84 dB     -22.00 dB     D2 Piano Concerto KV 449 in E flat – Andantino.aif
DR14        -0.90 dB     -18.32 dB     D3 Piano Concerto KV 449 in E flat – Allegro ma non troppo.aif
DR12        -1.32 dB     -17.65 dB     E1 Piano Concerto KV 482 in E flat – Allegro.aif
DR14        -3.50 dB     -22.20 dB     E2 Piano Concerto KV 482 in E flat – Andante.aif
DR14        -1.04 dB     -20.05 dB     F1 Piano Concerto KV 482 in E flat – Allegro – Andante Cantabile – Tempo I.aif
DR15        -1.09 dB     -20.73 dB     F2 Concert Rondo KV 382 in D.aif
DR14        -1.14 dB     -19.73 dB     F3 Concert Rondo KV 386 in A.aif
DR12        -0.83 dB     -17.66 dB     G1 Piano Concerto KV 466 in D minor – Allegro.aif
DR11        -2.26 dB     -18.63 dB     G2 Piano Concerto KV 466 in D minor – Romance.aif
DR12        -1.46 dB     -17.23 dB     G3 Piano Concerto KV 466 in D minor – Rondo (Allegro assai).aif
DR12        -1.37 dB     -17.88 dB     H1 Concerto KV 491 in C minor – Allegro.aif
DR12        -6.60 dB     -23.60 dB     H2 Concerto KV 491 in C minor – Larghetto.aif
DR13        -0.60 dB     -18.91 dB     H3 Concerto KV 491 in C minor – Allegretto.aif
DR12        -1.48 dB     -18.12 dB     I1 Concerto KV 459 in F – Allegro vivace.aif
DR13        -3.45 dB     -21.99 dB     I2 Concerto KV 459 in F – Allegretto.aif
DR11        -0.92 dB     -16.70 dB     I3 Concerto KV 459 in F – Allegro Assai.aif
DR11        -0.80 dB     -16.13 dB     J1 Concerto KV 488 in A – Allegro.aif
DR12        -4.20 dB     -21.81 dB     J2 Concerto KV 488 in A – Adagio.aif
DR12        -1.20 dB     -17.57 dB     J3 Concerto KV 488 in A – Allegro assai.aif
DR13        -0.88 dB     -19.17 dB     K1 Concerto KV 595 in B flat – Allegro.aif
DR13        -2.35 dB     -22.16 dB     K2 Concerto KV 595 in B flat – Larghetto.aif
DR13        -0.72 dB     -18.15 dB     K3 Concerto KV 595 in B flat – Allegro.aif
DR13        -1.37 dB     -18.40 dB     L1 Concerto KV 456 in B flat – Allegro vivace.aif
DR13        -2.68 dB     -20.31 dB     L2 Concerto KV 456 in B flat – Andante un poco sostenuto.aif
DR13        -0.50 dB     -17.55 dB     L3 Concerto KV 456 in B flat – Allegro vivace.aif
DR14        -0.96 dB     -20.31 dB     M1 Concerto KV 414 in A – Allegro.aif
DR12        -3.08 dB     -22.67 dB     M2 Concerto KV 414 in A – Andante.aif
DR14        -1.11 dB     -20.40 dB     M3 Concerto KV 414 in A – Allegretto.aif
DR14        -2.16 dB     -20.48 dB     N1 Concerto KV 453 in G – Allegro.aif
DR15        -3.82 dB     -24.07 dB     N2 Concerto KV 453 in G – Andante.aif
DR14        -0.39 dB     -20.40 dB     N3 Concerto KV 453 in G – Allegretto.aif
DR15        -0.89 dB     -20.78 dB     O Concerto KV 503 in C (Live Recording) – Allegro Maestoso.aif
DR16        -6.33 dB     -26.54 dB     P1 Concerto KV 503 in C (Live Recording) – Andante.aif
DR15        -1.29 dB     -21.13 dB     P2 Concerto KV 503 in C (Live Recording) – Allegretto.aif
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Number of files:    42
Official DR value:    DR13
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15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – 13 Piano Concerti on 8 LPs (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)”

  1. Ho, Rach, I want this set so bad, but FF is so slow downloading here in USA.
    And, yes, I have a premium account (the only way to fly).
    It’s been taking 18-20 minutes per link to download.
    I’m in my second day of DLing, and only have through 10th link down.
    I’m chompin’ on the bit like a Gypsy Banner to run!
    This is not a complaint at all; just an old man groaning for a little faster pace in everything.
    Love your work and your energy toward all of us.
    Bob

    1. Eureka! got all the links down and unpacked.
      The sound is great Alf, and the music is perfect.

      Thanks so much for your tremendous labor! Bravo Amico!
      Bob

  2. A must have for lovers of Mozart….and Brendel 😀 These should be placed next to Perahia in the Pantheon.
    Thanks Alf, looking forward to this set.

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