HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – Piano Concerti 11 & 16 (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 (1986)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 873 MB
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 No. 16 In D, KV 451  
B1 Allegro Assai  
B2 Andante  
B3 Allegro Di Molto  
  Piano Concerto No. 11 In F, KV 413  
A1 Allegro  
A2 Larghetto  
A3 Tempo Di Menuetto  

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Analyzed folder: /96k WAM – Piano Concerti 11, 16 – Brendel
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR15        -1.74 dB     -20.76 dB     A1 Piano Concerto No. 16 In D, KV 451 – Allegro Assai.aif
DR12        -9.01 dB     -25.36 dB     A2 Piano Concerto No. 16 In D, KV 451 – Andante.aif
DR16        -0.61 dB     -20.50 dB     A3 Piano Concerto No. 16 In D, KV 451 – Allegro Di Molto.aif
DR14        -1.38 dB     -19.65 dB     B1 Piano Concerto No. 11 In F, KV 413 – Allegro.aif
DR15        -1.24 dB     -20.98 dB     B2 Piano Concerto No. 11 In F, KV 413 – Larghetto.aif
DR12        -1.82 dB     -18.90 dB     B3 Piano Concerto No. 11 In F, KV 413 – Tempo Di Menuetto.aif
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Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14
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