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Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 In E Flat, Op. 73, "Emperor" - 2. Adagio Un Poco Mosso
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 In E Flat, Op. 73, "Emperor" - 2. Adagio Un Poco Mosso
  • Alfred Brendel, Bernard Haitink, & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Beethoven: "Emperor" Concerto, "Choral Fantasy"
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Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 In E Flat, Op. 73, “Emperor”, II: Adagio Un Poco Mosso

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Alfred Brendel on piano and Bernard Haitink conducting

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Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat major, Op. 90, No. 3
Alfred Brendel, piano

Such sublime music interpreted with great taste and sensitivity. Few composers–at least for me–have Schubert’s ability to draw the listener into an emotional state without verging on the byzantine or overwrought: a simple smile or a single tear, rather than hysterical laughter or sobbing (not that the latter are bad). 

This is an example of a piece which, while not terribly difficult to play, is treacherous to play well. The texture, phrasing, and contour require meticulous planning and fine control.

Beethoven: Fantasia In C Minor, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy" - 1. Adagio
  • Beethoven: Fantasia In C Minor, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy" - 1. Adagio
  • Alfred Brendel; Bernard Haitink: London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Beethoven - Fantasia In C Minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80, I: Adagio

Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Alfred Brendel on piano and Bernard Haitink conducting

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Alfred Brendel - Beethoven, Bagatelle No. 1, Op. 119

I started practicing this and I absolutely love Brendels recording, I hope I’ll be able to play it like that soon!

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Alfred Brendel plays Beethoven´s Moonlight sonata (3rd mov)

One of my favorite classical pianist…

Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 - Allegro ma non troppo
  • Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 - Allegro ma non troppo
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas - Alfred Brendel
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Track: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57: Allegro ma non troppo (Appassionata) by Ludwig van Beethoven

The recording – a performance by Alfred Brendel – is my most favorite interpretation of the piece. But I also found Rubinstein’s live performance quite interesting. He made some mistakes, but hey, look at how much ease with which he played! ;)