HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

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A very great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
The most important thing first: forget all you know, or thought to know, about the LvB-Piano Sonatas and how they have to be performed. This set by Brendel beats everything’s existing in the music world. Thank you very much, my friend Jean-Luc, to heve resurrect in me the love for Brendel…and of course for this greatest treasury of mankind!
To me, anyways, this is
an awesome collection of all of Beethoven’s Sonatas! I’m sure there are other sets out there, but to me, I think I could settle with this one for the rest of my life. The skill, technique and emotion Alfred Brendel puts into each of these pieces convey his love for these pieces. I think this is one Beethoven himself would be well pleased with. He doesn’t overdo it either. I own some great sets to, but Brendel is something very special. The whole collection for the most part just sounds natural and clean….this is an excellent way for beginners and those well acquainted with these works to enjoy these masterpieces for years to come. If you love piano music…Beethoven in particular, go for it!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Vinyl 1978
Number of discs: 13
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.64 GB + 12.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – The 5 Piano Concerti (Brendel/Haitink)

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Oh friends, I’m experiencing at now a paradigm shift in my understanding of the LvB piano concerti, concerning the best interpreter, who ever recorded them. In the origin I had only the concerti with Pollini and (three of the five concerti) with Benedetti-Michelangeli and I was happy for many years. Both great pianists, both marvellous in their interpretations although a little different from each other. Then I heard Katchen and I was speechless… then Arrau, Rubinstein and – OMG – Kempff !!! I thought, never in life can another pianist reach the level of these five “gods”. Oh, how wrong I was! Thanks to Trottar and Jean-Luc I “discovered” in the last 3 years my love for Brendel, an artist who was well known to be, but I never estimated more than just a little – don’t ask me why. Two weeks ago I found out by accident that Brendel had recorded the concerti and I was like electrified. In such moments I don’t think twice or a second too long: seen and purchased was a single act. Please welcome the sixt “god” in the olymp of the LvB piano concerti interpreters.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Vinyl (1975-77)
Number of discs: 5
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 3.8GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Brendel, ASMF, Marriner – Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 450 & K. 467

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields
# Conductor: Neville Marriner
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Philips | 6514 148
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.99GB), 24-bit/96kHz (0.99GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (259MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

Piggybacking on Alf’s recent Brendel posts..

For those not familiar with Brendel, his mastery of the keyboard is at a level that few will ever be able to reach. Here, though back in 1982, Brendel has already “owned” the works, playing each Mozart work with fluidity, precision, and smooth sonority. Brendel’s playing is a delight, and that is true regardless of how many other recordings you might have of the Mozart piano concertos.

The recording here by Philips is very good, and the trademark smooth and rich Philips recording characteristics are in full play. It is unlikely you’ll have much, if any at all, issues with the technical aspects of the recording itself.

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) WAM – Piano Concerti 11 & 16 (Alfred Brendel/Neville Marriner)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these additional concerts
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

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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

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (FSM) Ludwig van Beethoven – All Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this marvellous set
Brendel is rightly considered an expert on Beethoven (Schubert and Mozart), because unlike many other “high-class” pianists who play only on speed, Brendel gives the listener the opportunity to enjoy Beethoven. Very clear and emotional, as one would expect for a romantic composers.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Vinyl (1970?)
Number of Discs: 12
Format: Flac
Label: FSM
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 11.94 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Turnabout) WAM – Piano Concerto No. 22 (Brendel)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this precious gem
Brendel has given us some distinguished Mozart recordings over the years, including concerto collaborations with Marriner/ASMF and more recently with Mackerras (the latter of which I have not heard). But a case can be made that his earliest efforts from the 60s convey a freshness and enthusiasm that he only fitfully recaptured later in his career. Though recording and ensemble playing call for some tolerance, those prepared to listen past some poorly tuned winds and occasionally harsh treble frequencies will be treated to some exquisite pianism. Brendel at his best.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Angerer
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Turnabout
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 911 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Turnabout) WAM – Piano Concerti No. 25 & 27 (Brendel)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to Jean-Luc for this precious gem
Brendel has given us some distinguished Mozart recordings over the years, including concerto collaborations with Marriner/ASMF and more recently with Mackerras (the latter of which I have not heard). But a case can be made that his earliest efforts from the 60s convey a freshness and enthusiasm that he only fitfully recaptured later in his career. Though recording and ensemble playing call for some tolerance, those prepared to listen past some poorly tuned winds and occasionally harsh treble frequencies will be treated to some exquisite pianism. Brendel at his best.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Orchestra: Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra, Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Angerer
Vinyl (1962)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Turnabout
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 1.29 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Turnabout) Franz Schubert – Allegro In A Minor “Lebensstürme” / “Grand Duo” Sonata (Brendel/Crochet)

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While we know well Austrian piano legend Alfred Brendel, almost nothing is to found on Internet about the French/American piansit Evelyne Crochet.
Here can you read about her.

# Composer: Franz Schubert
# Performer: Evelyne Crochet,
Alfred Brendel
Vinyl 1973
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Turnabout

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
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Size: 941 MB
# Scan: Yes

# Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Turnabout) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerti 17 & 19 (Brendel)

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Many thanks to Jan-Luc for this rare gem
The Austrian piano legend Alfred Brendel has established himself for a long time as an accomplished interpreter of the Classical Viennese repertory. During his fabulous performing career (spanning more than 60 years), both in live appearances at top-notch international musical venues and in recording sessions, Brendel was constantly returning to his favourite Mozart piano concertos with an always renewed inspiration and robust musical wisdom. What can I say? I already think that Alfred Brendel is one of the great pianists of this time and will be regarded as a standard for his repertoire in the future.

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer:
Alfred Brendel
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Vienna Volksoper
# Conductor: Paul Angerer (tracks: A1 to A3), Wilfried Boettcher (tracks: B1 to B3)

# Vinyl 1967
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Turnabout

# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 1.23 GB
# Scan: Yes

# Server: FF
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