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
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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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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Turnabout) Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dances for Piano (Brendel/Klien)

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Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
Early in his career, Alfred Brendel made a number of recordings for the Vox label, which includes these sets of the Dvorak “Slavonic Dances” in their original piano four-hands versions, where Brendel and Walter Klien do the honors. The recordings are from 1959, so that we have both the young Brendel and the young Walter Klien captured in sound early on.
All the performances are pretty straightforward, without fuss or muss. One nice feature about hearing the piano four-hands version is how much more clearly the Czech ‘sousedska’ dance form is related to the Austrian ‘Laendler’ when hearing the piano four-hand version, compared to the orchestral versions, at least IMHO. Brendel and Walter Klien do bring a light touch when needed, but when the music calls for what sounds like a bash-fest, particularly in the energetic moments, that’s kind of what you get.

# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Performer: Alfred Brendel, Walter Klien
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Turnabout
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
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Size: 1.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Philips) Franz Schubert – Piano Sonatas 537, 664 (Alfred Brendel)

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Grand sensitive performances by one of the worlds greatest pianists. Simply a treasure. Schubert is clearly in Brendel’s blood. Excellent interpretation of Shubert’s piano repertoire. Amazing technique coupled with clarity and feeling. A must buy for all piano music fans. This is the standard performance for Schubert’s piano music.
All others will be compared with this well balanced interpretation.
A romantic and dynamic performance without exagerations.

# Composer: Franz Schubert
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR: 16
# Size: 880 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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