Alfred Brendel: The Complete Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard Solo Recordings (35 CD box set, APE)
Alfred Brendel: The Complete Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard Solo Recordings (35 CD box set, APE)

Performer: Members of Hungarian Quintet
Conductor: Antonio Janigro, Heinz Wallberg, Jonathan Sternberg, Michael Gielen, Paul Angerer, et al.
Composer: Mily Balakirev, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, et al.
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 35 CD box set
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Brilliant Classics
Size: 8.96 GB
Recovery: +3%
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This 35 CD box set collects all the solo recordings made by the great pianist Alfred Brendel for the US Vox and Vanguard companies between the mid-1950s and the late 1960s. (The set also includes a few duo piano recordings of Mozart by Brendel and his friend Walter Klien.) Brendel disavows these recordings today, when he mentions them at all, but I think they are priceless documents of a strikingly gifted and assertive young artist on the brink of a fabulous maturity. Some of the earliest recordings are mono, but the vast bulk are stereo recordings made by Vox between 1959 and 1966. Highlights include Brendel’s first complete traversal of Beethoven’s solo piano music (the 32 Sonatas, Variations, Bagatelles, etc.), as well as the five piano concertos; a handful of Mozart’s greatest concertos; Liszt’s concertos, opera paraphrases, and excerpts from the ‘Annees de Pelerinage’; rare recordings of Chopin polonaises and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies (for Vanguard); and a marvelously spiky, thrilling recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto. The orchestras are mostly under-rehearsed, ad hoc Viennese groups assembled to make recordings, although sometimes you get the glossier Vienna Symphony or, on one glorious occasion, the superb chamber orchestra I Solisti di Zagreb. The roster of participating conductors includes class acts like Michael Gielen and (for Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto) Zubin Mehta, but more often you get respectable but lesser podium luminaries of the 1960s Vienna scene like Wilfried Boettcher, Paul Angerer, and Heinz Wallberg. I note these ‘shortcomings’ only. They detract from Brendel’s achievements only incidentally and insignificantly. What I find most winning about almost all the performances in this giant set is the palpable sense of exploration, risk-taking, and discovery achieved throughout, coupled with a demonstration of superb technique and unflinching, flinty intelligence. Brendel was a pupil of Eduard Steuermann and Edwin Fischer, two of the most formidably gifted pianists of the first half of the 20th Century, and that heritage shows even in discs recorded in the earliest years of his career. And make no mistake: while Brendel’s later recordings for Philips reveal even more subtle and insightful encounters with his core repertory (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt), these 35 CDs offer provocative, superbly projected performances that amaze, delight, and instruct. Also, the set offers some surprising repertory that Brendel never chose to revisit in later years, like Stravinsky’s “Three Movements from ‘Petrouchka'” and Prokofiev’s steely Fifth Piano Concerto. Brilliant Classics has done a fine job remastering these vintage recordings from 40 and 50 years ago. While almost all are individually available from the companies that currently hold the legal rights to the Vox and Vanguard catalogues, they by and large just sound better as presented in this set. For example, Brendel recorded the late Beethoven sonatas (nos. 27-32) at the beginning of his Vox cycle (ca. 1964), and they have always sounded terribly glassy and shallow. Somehow, Brilliant Classics has managed to tame the glassiness. The result? For the first time in 40 years I’ve been able to listen to Brendel’s Vox ‘Hammerklavier Sonata’ with real pleasure. Bravo! The set contains superb essays by noted writer Ates Orca that provide a wealth of information and insight about Brendel and his early recordings. Finally, the price: you simply cannot obtain these recordings for a price that is lower than that charged for this set. So with all due respect (and apologies) to Alfred Brendel: disregard his impatient dismissal of these early recordings. They constitute a distinctive, fascinating, and honorable chapter in the record of his most distinguished career. Buy them and enjoy! — T. Beers

Young Brendel – Some of his best stuff on record

Of the many recording artists featured in the vast treasures of the Vox Turnabout line, none went on to have any where near the vibrant international career as a major first-run performance and major-label recording artist that Alfred Brendel enjoyed (he recently officially “retired”). Much of the material here Brendel later recorded again for one of the major labels, sometimes multiple times. He made 2 more complete traversals of the 32 Beethoven sonatas for Philips, and 3 sets of the Beethoven Piano Concertos. Like many movie remakes and sequels though, the first is often the best, as this box gives evidence of.

I bought the box 100% for the Beethoven recordings. Brendel’s first traversal of the 32 sonatas is full of youthful vigor, energy, and yet still has the thoughtful and light introspective nature that is a hallmark of his fame. Missing (thankfully) are traces of over-indulgence and sentimentality that often marred his remakes. And the concertos likewise have a Spring-like quality about them. I had to live with inferior Vox and Murray Hill records for these recordings for many years. I was absolutely overjoyed to finally have them in first class CD transfers, and at an incredible price. Thanks you once again Brilliant Classics for making some of the best archival recordings available at less-than-reasonable prices.

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  1. CD 1
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major K271 `Jeunehomme’
    1. I. Allegro 10:11
    2. II. Andantino 12:50
    3. III. Rondo 10:48
    Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat major K449
    4. I. Allegro vivace 8:49
    5. II. Andantino 6:27
    6. III. Allegro non troppo 6:19

    Total: 55:43
    Alfred Brendel
    The Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard recordings
    Alfred Brendel piano
    I Solisti di Zagreb, Antonio Janigro

    CD 2
    Piano Concerto No.17 in G major K453
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    1. I. Allegro 11:44
    2. II. Andante 10:48
    3. III. Allegretto – Presto 7:37
    Piano Concerto No.25 in C major K503
    4. I. Allegro maestoso 13:56
    5. II. Andante 7:40
    6. III. Allegretto 9:19
    Joseph Haydn 1732-1809
    Piano Concerto in D major Hob. XVIII No.11
    7. I. Allegro 7:50
    8. II. Un poco adagio 6:48
    9. III. Rondo all’ungarese, allegro assai 4:14

    Total: 79:57
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper (K453)
    Pro Musica Orchestra, Vienna (K503)
    Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Haydn)
    Paul Angerer, conductor

    CD 3
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    Piano Concerto No.19 in F major K459
    1. I. Allegro 12:30
    2. II. Allegretto 9:45
    3. III. Allegro assai 7:48
    Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466
    4. I. Allegro 13:40
    5. II. Romance 9:20
    6. III. Rondo: Allegro assai 7:34

    Total: 61:00
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Wilfried Boettcher

    CD 4
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major K482
    1. I. Allegro 12:40
    2. II. Andante 8:48
    3. III. Allegro 12:15
    Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major K595
    4. I. Allegro 14:27
    5. II. Larghetto 7:58
    6. III. Allegro 8:55
    Rondo in D major K382
    7. Allegretto grazioso – 5:43
    8. Adagio – 2:15
    9. Allegro 2:05

    Total: 75:39
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Vienna Chamber Orchestra (K482)
    Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper (K595, K382)
    Paul Angerer, conductor

    CD 5
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    Piano Sonata in A minor K310
    1. I. Allegro maestoso 6:04
    2. II. Andante cantabile con espressione 7:10
    3. III. Presto 3:00
    4. Fantasy in C minor K396 9:12
    5. Rondo in A minor K511 11:22
    Variations in D major
    on a Menuet by Duport K573
    6. Theme 1:13
    7. Variation 1 1:02
    8. Variation 2 1:06
    9. Variation 3 1:11
    10. Variation 4 1:13
    11. Variation 5 1:26
    12. Variation 6 2:05
    13. Variation 7 1:05
    14. Variation 8 1:39
    15. Variation 9 1:54

    Total: 51:03
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 6
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791
    Concerto in E flat major for two pianos K365
    1. I. Allegro 9:43
    2. II. Andante 7:48
    3. III. Rondo: Allegro 6:53
    Sonata in D major for two pianos K448
    4. I. Allegro con spirito 7:28
    5. II. Andante 8:33
    6. III. Allegro molto 5:38
    7. Fugue in C minor for two pianos K426: Allegro moderato 4:10
    Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds K452
    8. I. Largo – Allegro moderato 11:10
    9. II. Larghetto 6:52
    10. III. Rondo 5:17

    Total: 74:04
    Alfred Brendel and Walter Klien pianos (1-7)
    Alfred Brendel piano
    members of the Hungarian Quintet
    Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Paul Angerer

    CD 7
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15
    1. I. Allegro con brio 17:03
    2. II. Largo 11:47
    3. III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando 9:19
    Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19
    4. I. Allegro con brio 14:48
    5. II. Adagio 9:29
    6. III. Rondo 6:15

    Total: 69:13
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilfried Boettcher (1-3)
    Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Heinz Wallberg (4-6)

    CD 8
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37
    1. I. Allegro con brio 15:03
    2. II. Largo 10:10
    3. III. Rondo 9:09
    Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Op.58
    4. I. Allegro moderato 17:52
    5. II. Andante con moto 4:55
    6. III. Rondo: Vivace 10:49

    Total: 68:24
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg

    CD 9
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 `Emperor’
    1. I. Allegro moderato 20:01
    2. II. Adagio un poco mosso 8:33
    3. III. Rondo: Allegro 10:25
    4. Choral Fantasy in C minor Op.80 20:28

    Total: 59:34
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (1-3)
    Stuttgart Lehrergesangverein, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,
    Wilfried Boettcher (4)

    CD 10
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat major Op.106 `Hammerklavier’
    1. I. Allegro 11:06
    2. II. Scherzo: Assai vivace 2:34
    3. III. Adagio sostenuto 16:47
    4. IV. Largo – Allegro risoluto 12:31
    Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111
    5. I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio e appassionato 8:28
    6. II. Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile 15:47

    Total: 67:39
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 11
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.28 in A major Op.101
    1. I. Allegretto ma non troppo 3:18
    2. II. Vivace alla marcia 6:12
    3. III. Adagio ma non troppo con affetto – Presto 9:57
    Piano Sonata No.30 in E major Op.109
    4. I. Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo 3:20
    5. II. Prestissimo 2:22
    6. III. Tema con variazioni 11:33
    Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major Op.110
    7. I. Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo 5:31
    8. II. Allegro molto – III. Adagio ma non troppo – 5:56
    9. Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo 6:31
    Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor Op.90
    10. I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:26
    11. II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen 7:38

    Total: 68:20
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 12
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 `Appassionata’
    1. I. Allegro assai 9:41
    2. II. Andante con moto 6:15
    3. III. Allegro ma non troppo 8:08
    Piano Sonata No.22 in F major Op.54
    4. I. In tempo d’un menuetto 5:47
    5. II. Allegretto 6:15
    Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat major Op.81a `Les Adieux’
    6. I. Les Adieux: Adagio – Allegro 6:14
    7. II. L’Absence: Andante espressivo 3:09
    8. III. Le Retour: Vivacissimamente 5:37
    Piano Sonata No.16 in G major Op.31 No.1
    9. I. Allegro vivace 6:26
    10. II. Adagio grazioso 9:53
    11. III. Rondo: Allegretto 6:20

    Total: 73:49
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 13
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op.31 No.2 `Tempest’
    1. I. Largo – Allegro – Adagio 7:47
    2. II. Adagio 7:45
    3. III. Allegretto 5:53
    Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat major Op.31 No.3
    4. I. Allegro 8:07
    5. II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace 4:52
    6. III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso 3:36
    7. IV. Presto con fuoco 4:57
    Piano Sonata No.21 in C major Op.53 `Waldstein’
    8. I. Allegro con brio 11:10
    9. II. Introduzione: Adagio molto 3:43
    10. III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo 9:50
    Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor Op.49 No.1
    11. I. Andante 3:57
    12. II. Rondo: Allegro 3:39

    Total: 75:21
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 14
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.2 No.1
    1. I. Allegro 4:06
    2. II. Adagio 4:13
    3. III. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio 3:28
    4. IV. Prestissimo 5:21
    Piano Sonata No.25 in G major Op.79
    5. I. Presto alla tedesca 4:59
    6. II. Andante 2:29
    7. III. Vivace 2:01
    Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1
    8. I. Allegro molto e con brio 6:08
    9. II. Adagio molto 8:37
    10. III. Finale: Prestissimo 4:08
    Piano Sonata No.6 in F major Op.10 No.2
    11. I. Allegro 5:21
    12. II. Allegretto 4:21
    13. III. Presto 4:16
    Piano Sonata No.9 in E major Op.14 No.1
    14. I. Allegro 7:01
    15. II. Allegretto 3:33
    16. III. Rondo: Allegro comodo 3:14

    Total: 73:23
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 15
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.10 in G major Op.14 No.2
    1. I. Allegro 7:08
    2. II. Andante 3:40
    3. III. Scherzo: Allegro assai 3:47
    Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat major Op.27 No.1
    4. I. Andante – Allegro – Andante 4:26
    5. II. Allegro molto e vivace 2:00
    6. III. Adagio con espressione 3:12
    7. IV. Finale: Allegro vivace 6:06
    Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor Op.27 No.2 `Moonlight’
    8. I. Adagio sostenuto 6:01
    9. II. Allegretto 2:18
    10. III. Presto agitato 7:47
    Piano Sonata No.15 in D major Op.28 `Pastoral’
    11. I. Allegro 9:55
    12. II. Andante 7:30
    13. III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo 7:26

    Total: 71:20
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 16
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.7 in D major Op.10 No.3
    1. I. Presto 6:51
    2. II. Largo e mesto 10:10
    3. III. Menuetto: Allegro 2:52
    4. IV. Rondo: Allegro 3:40
    Piano Sonata No.2 in A major Op.2 No.2
    5. I. Allegro vivace 7:06
    6. II. Largo appassionato 6:34
    7. III. Scherzo: Allegretto – Trio 3:29
    8. IV. Rondo: Grazioso 6:35
    Piano Sonata No.3 in C major Op.2 No.3
    9. I. Allegro con brio 10:28
    10. II. Adagio 7:52
    11. III. Scherzo: Allegro – Trio 3:20
    12. IV. Allegro assai 5:31

    Total: 74:47
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 17
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 `Pathétique’
    1. I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio 9:08
    2. II. Adagio cantabile 5:44
    3. III. Rondo: Allegro 4:16
    Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat major Op.22
    4. I. Allegro con brio 7:53
    5. II. Adagio con molto espressione 6:38
    6. III. Menuetto 3:37
    7. IV. Rondo: Allegretto 6:29
    Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat major Op.26 `Funeral March’
    8. I. Andante con variazioni 7:53
    9. II. Scherzo: Allegro molto – Trio 2:57
    10. III. Maestoso andante `Marcia funebre sulla morte d’une Eroe’ 5:40
    11. IV. Allegro 3:04
    Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp major Op.78
    12. I. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo 7:02
    13. II. Allegro vivace 2:44

    Total: 73:35
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 18
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat major Op.7
    1. I. Allegro molto e con brio 8:11
    2. II. Largo con gran espressione 8:20
    3. III. Allegro 5:06
    4. IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso 7:11
    Piano Sonata No.20 in G major Op.49 No.2
    5. I. Grave – Allegro, ma non troppo 4:31
    6. II. Tempo di menuetto 3:32
    Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major Op.16
    7. I. Grave – Allegro, ma non troppo 11:33
    8. II. Andante cantabile 7:59
    9. III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo Members of the Hungarian Quintet 6:31
    10. Rondo in B flat major G151 Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Wilfried Boettcher 10:01

    Total: 72:55
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 19
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    1. `Eroica’ Variations in E flat major Op.35 22:40
    Piano Sonata No.20 in G major Op.49 No.2
    2. I. Allegro ma non troppo 4:31
    3. II. Tempo di menuetto 3:32
    4. 5 Variations on `Rule Britannia’ in D major WoO 79 4:28
    5. 7 Variations on `God Save the King’ in C major WoO 78 8:42
    6. 12 Variations on a Russian Dance from Wranitsky’s Ballet Das Waldmädchen’ in A major WoO 71 11:35
    7. 6 Variations on an Original Theme in F major Op.34 12:41
    8. 6 Variations on a Theme from `The Ruins of Athens’ in D major Op.76 5:49

    Total: 74:58
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 20
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    1. 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor WoO 80 11:04
    2. 7 Variations from Winter’s Opera `Das unterbrochene Opferfest’ in F major WoO 75 10:49
    3. 24 Variations on Righini’s Air `Venni amore’ in D major WoO 65 15:57
    4. 6 Variations on the Duet from Paisello’s `La Molinara’ in G major WoO 70 4:38
    5. 8 Variations on Süssmayr’s Theme `Tändeln und Scherzen’ in F major WoO 76 8:09
    6. 13 Variations on Dittersdorf’s Air `Es war einmal ein alter Mann’ in A major WoO 66 11:58
    7. 10 Variations on Salieri’s Air `La stessa, la stessissima’ in B flat major WoO 73 9:43

    Total: 73:11
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 21
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    1. 6 Easy Variations on a Swiss Air in F major WoO 64 2:48
    2. 9 Variations on Paisello’s Air `Quant’è più bello’ in A major WoO 69 5:27
    3. 6 Variations on an Original Theme in G major WoO 77 4:50
    4. 8 Variations on Grétry’s Air `Un fièvre brûlante’ in C major WoO 72
    5. Rondo in G major Op.51 No.2 9:46
    6. Allegretto in C minor WoO 53 3:49
    7. 6 Ecossaises WoO 83 1:55
    8. Bagatelle in A minor `Für Elise’ WoO 59 2:44
    9. Polonaise in C major Op.89 5:31

    Total: 44:58
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 22
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Diabelli Variations in C major Op.120
    1. Theme: Vivace 0:52
    2. Alla marcia maestoso 1:53
    3. Poco allegro 0:47
    4. L’istesso tempo 1:21
    5. Un poco più vivace 0:55
    6. Allegro vivace 0:55
    7. Allegro, ma non troppo 1:41
    8. Un poco più allegro 1:20
    9. Poco vivace 1:25
    10. Allegro pesante e risoluto 1:45
    11. Presto 0:39
    12. Allegretto 0:55
    13. Un poco più mosso 0:46
    14. Vivace 0:58
    15. Grave e maestoso 4:02
    16. Presto scherzando 0:34
    17. Allegro 1:00
    18. Allegro 1:07
    19. Moderato 1:39
    20. Presto 0:54
    21. Andante 2:11
    22. Allegro con brio 1:20
    23. Molto allegro 0:40
    24. Assai allegro 0:51
    25. Fughetta: Andante 3:43
    26. Allegro 0:49
    27. Allegro 1:00
    28. Vivace 0:58
    29. Allegro 0:59
    30. Adagio, ma non troppo 1:19
    31. Andante, sempre cantabile 2:30
    32. Largo, molto espressivo 4:26
    33. Fuga: Allegro 2:53
    34. Tempo di menuetto, moderato 3:49
    11 Bagatelles Op.119
    35. Allegretto in G major 2:33
    36. Andante con moto in C major 0:55
    37. Allemande in D major 1:30
    38. Andante cantabile in A major 1:30
    39. Risoluto in C minor 1:02
    40. Andante in G major 0:30
    41. Allegro ma non troppo 1:21
    42. Moderato cantabile in C major 1:07
    43. Vivace moderato in A minor 1:54
    44. Allegramente in A major 1:54
    45. Andante ma non troppo 1:53

    Total: 68:20
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 23
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    6 Bagatelles Op.126
    1. Andante in G major 3:02
    2. Allegro in G minor 2:53
    3. Andante in E flat major 2:47
    4. Presto in B minor 3:57
    5. Quasi allegretto in G major 2:35
    6. Presto – Andante in E flat major 4:38
    7. Rondo a capriccio in G major Rage over a lost penny’ Op.129 6:06
    8. Rondo in C major Op.51 No.1 5:45
    7 Bagatelles Op.33
    9. Andante, quasi allegretto in E flat major 3:45
    10. Scherzo: Allegro in C major 2:38
    11. Allegretto in F major 1:59
    12. Andante in A major 3:42
    13. Allegro ma non troppo in C major 3:08
    14. Allegretto in C major 2:48
    15. Presto in D major 2:01
    16. Andante favori in F major WoO 57 8:49
    17. Ziemlich lebhaft in B flat major WoO 60 1:14

    Total: 62:00
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 24
    Franz Schubert 1797-1828
    Piano Sonata in C minor D958
    1. I. Allegro 7:59
    2. II. Adagio 8:11
    3. III. Menuetto – Trio 3:29
    4. IV. Allegro 9:03
    Piano Sonata in C major D840 `Unfinished’
    5. I. Moderato 10:35
    6. II. Andante 9:19
    German Dances D783
    7. No.1 0:47
    8. No.2 1:02
    9. No.3 0:32
    10. No.4 0:34
    11. No.5 0:40
    12. No.7 1:00
    13. No.8 0:29
    14. No.13 0:38
    15. No.14 0:41
    16. No.9 0:26
    17. No.10 1:11
    18. No.11 0:26
    19. No.12 0:28
    20. No.15 0:48
    21. No.16 0:30
    22. No.6 0:34

    Total: 59:46
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 25
    Franz Schubert 1797-1828
    Impromptus D899
    1. No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato 8:30
    2. No.2 in E flat major: Allegro 4:19
    3. No.3 in G flat major: Andante 5:18
    4. No.4 in A flat major: Allegretto 7:06
    Moments musicaux D780
    5. No.1 in C major: Moderato 4:46
    6. No.2 in A flat major: Andantino 5:45
    7. No.3 in F minor: Allegro: Moderato 1:40
    8. No.4 in C sharp minor moderato 4:39
    9. No.5 in F minor: allegro vivace 2:04
    10. No.6 in A flat major: Allegretto 6:23
    Drei Klavierstücke D946
    11. No.1 in E flat minor 8:52
    12. No.2 in E flat major 9:41
    13. No.3 in C major 5:03

    Total: 75:04
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 26
    Franz Schubert 1797-1828
    1. Wanderer Fantasy in C major D760 22:10
    Impromptus D935
    2. No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato 9:00
    3. No.2 in A flat major: Allegretto 5:23
    4. No.3 in B flat major: Andante: Theme & Variations `Rosamunde’ 10:30
    5. No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando 5:23
    Franz Schubert 1797-1828 realised by Franz Liszt 1811-1886
    Wanderer Fantasy in C major for piano & orchestra
    6. Allegro – 6:20
    7. Adagio – 7:31
    8. Presto – 4:52
    9. Allegro 3:26

    Total: 74:56
    Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
    Michael Gielen

    CD 27
    Frédéric Chopin 1810-1849
    1. Polonaise in A flat major Op.53 `Heroic’ 6:42
    2. Polonaise in C minor Op.40 No.2 6:01
    3. Polonaise in F sharp minor Op.44 11:22
    4. Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat major Op.61 11:58
    Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major Op.22
    5. Andante spianato 4:32
    6. Grande polonaise brillante 9:17

    Total: 50:14
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 28
    Robert Schumann 1810-1856
    Fantasy in C major Op.17
    1. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen 12:55
    2. Mässig, durchaus energisch 8:10
    3. Langsam getragen, durchweg leise zu halten 10:35
    Études Symphoniques Op.13
    4. Theme 1:16
    5. Étude No.1 1:19
    6. Étude No.2 3:38
    7. Étude No.3 1:17
    8. Étude No.4 0:58
    9. Étude No.5 1:23
    10. Étude No.6 0:54
    11. Étude No.7 1:16
    12. Étude No.8 2:03
    13. Étude No.9 0:39
    14. Étude No.10 1:19
    15. Étude No.11 3:04
    16. Étude No.12 6:42

    Total: 57:49
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 29
    Franz Liszt 1811-1886
    Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major
    1. Allegro maestoso – Tempo giusto 5:42
    2. Quasi adagio – 4:42
    3. Allegretto vivace – 4:29
    4. Allegro marziale animato 4:18
    Piano Concerto No.2 in A major
    5. Adagio sostenuto assai – 7:27
    6. Tempo del andante – 5:44
    7. Allegro deciso – 3:03
    8. Marziale un poco meno allegro – 1:12
    9. Un poco meno mosso – 2:33
    10. Allegro animato 1:43
    Totentanz
    11. Andante – Allegro – Allegro moderato 2:09
    12. Variation I 0:59
    13. Variation II 0:18
    14. Variation III 0:30
    15. Variation IV 9:20
    16. Variation V 3:15
    17. Cadenza 1:23
    18. Variation VI 3:08
    19. Cadenza 0:50
    20. Allegro animato 0:35
    21. Malédiction 14:32

    Total: 72:52
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 30
    Franz Liszt 1811-1886
    Piano Sonata in B minor
    1. Lento 3:27
    2. Grandioso – 8:09
    3. Andante sostenuto – 6:51
    4. Fugue, allegro energico – 5:41
    5. Stretta quasi presto 4:35
    Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année, Italie
    Piano Sonata `après une lecture de Dante’
    6. Andante 1:46
    7. Presto agitato 2:47
    8. Tempo I 3:06
    9. Più tosto 5:46
    10. Più mosso 2:29

    Total: 72:55
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 31
    Franz Liszt 1811-1886
    Opera transcriptions and paraphrases
    1. Lucia di Lammermoor: Sextet (Donizetti) 5:27
    2. Il trovatore: Miserere (Verdi) 8:13
    3. Norma Fantasy (Bellini) 15:39
    4. Oberon Overture (Weber) 9:05
    5. Benvenuto Cellini: Benediction & Oath (Berlioz) 7:20
    6. Tannhäuser: Pilgrims’ Chorus (Wagner) 5:16
    Paganini Études
    7. Tremolo in G minor 4:40
    8. Octave in E flat major 5:49
    9. La campanella in G sharp minor 5:02
    10. Arpeggio in E major 2:10
    11. La Chasse in E major 3:16
    12. Variations in A minor 5:14

    Total: 77:44
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 32
    Franz Liszt 1811-1886
    Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième Année, Italie
    Tre Sonetti di Petrarca
    1. No.47 5:58
    2. No.104 6:02
    3. No.123 6:59
    4. Venezia e Napoli – Tarantella 9:17
    Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
    5. Invocation 7:10
    6. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude 15:38
    7. Pensées des morts 11:17
    8. Funérailles 10:55
    9. Cantique d’amour 6:21

    Total: 79:55
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 33
    Franz Liszt 1811-1886
    6 Hungarian Rhapsodies
    1. Hungarian Rhapsody No.15: `Rakoczy March’ 5:33
    2. Hungarian Rhapsody No.3: Andante 5:28
    3. Hungarian Rhapsody No.2: Lento a capriccioso 10:26
    4. Hungarian Rhapsody No.13: Andante sostenuto 9:31
    5. Hungarian Rhapsody No.8: Lento a capriccio 7:28
    6. Hungarian Rhapsody No.17: Lento 3:16
    7. Csárdás obstiné 3:17

    Total: 45:32
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 34
    Modest Mussorgsky 1839-1881
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    1. Promenade 1:16
    2. Gnomus 1:59
    3. Promenade 1:16
    4. The Old Castle 4:45
    5. Promenade 0:25
    6. Tuileries 0:57
    7. Bydlo 2:22
    8. Promenade 0:39
    9. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks 1:03
    10. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle 2:16
    11. Promenade 1:18
    12. The Marketplace at Limoges 1:16
    13. Catacombae 1:23
    14. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua 1:49
    15. Baba Yaga (The Hut on Fowl’s Legs) 3:16
    16. The Great Gate of Kiev 4:55
    Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971
    Petrushka – Suite
    17. I. Danse Russe 2:31
    18. II. Petrushka’s Room 4:52
    19. III. Shrovetide Fair 9:02
    Mili Balakirev 1836-1910
    20. Islamey – Oriental Fantasy 8:49

    Total: 55:46
    Alfred Brendel piano

    CD 35
    Arnold Schoenberg 1874-1951
    1. Piano Concerto Op.42 20:58
    Sergei Prokofiev 1891-1953
    Piano Concerto No.5 in G major Op.55
    2. I . Allegro con brio 4:59
    3. II. Moderato ben accentuato 3:13
    4. III. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco 2:06
    5. IV. Larghetto 5:57
    6. V. Vivo 5:17

    Total: 42:33
    Alfred Brendel piano
    Symphony Orchestra of Southwest German Radio Baden-Baden,
    Michael Gielen (Schoenberg)
    Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Jonathan Sternberg (Prokofiev)

  2. thanks a lot

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  3. Great – Some of these recordings by Brendel introduced me to music I couldn’t live without. Thanks so much for posting it.

  4. The Beethoven Bagatelles are worth it on their own. They are sooo much better than Brendel’s later set on Philips. That really did surprise me.

  5. Thanks Whatever. It’s wonderful to have this terrific set. And thanks for the track list Gustavo.

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