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.
Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 - Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas - Alfred Brendel
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! ;)
If I belong to a tradition it is a tradition that makes the masterpiece tell the performer what he should do and not the performer telling the piece what it should be like, or the composer what he ought to have composed.