Alfred Brendel on Music

Alfred Brendel on Music

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By (author) Alfred Brendel

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  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 34mm | 692g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906217017
  • ISBN 13: 9781906217013
  • Sales rank: 308,588

Product description

This new edition of the great pianist Alfred Brendel's definitive collection of his award-winning writings on music will be widely welcomed by anyone with a serious interest in the piano. It combines revised versions of his two classic books, "Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts" and "Music Sounded Out", and also includes a number of important essays. A revered solo performer, Alfred Brendel also appears regularly with the world's great orchestras, and since the 1950s, he has been a prolific recording artist. Here, he brings the clarity and originality of expression that characterize his performances to the printed page. Whether discussing Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Schoenberg, or other pianists, his thoughts and opinions are illuminating and challenging. This is a new edition of his classic work. It is a must for serious piano players and listeners alike, a work on an award-winning pianist, recording artist and writer. It is published in many languages.

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Alfred Brendel was born in Wiesenberg in 1931, but has lived in London for many years. One of the world's greatest pianists, he is renowned for his interpretation of Schubert, Beethoven and the other great composers he plays, as well as for his writing on music. His book Music Sounded Out (included in this volume) won the Royal Philharmonic Society Charles Heidsieck Music Award 'For the special insights and musical wisdom which a performer of genius can bring to bear on the music which he has studied and played for so long...'

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"'Alfred Brendel... has the effect almost of transposing into language the greatness of the Beethoven, Schubert, Busoni, Liszt, etc. he plays' - Stephen Spender 'Alfred Brendel is not only one of the world's greatest pianists; he is a defining presence, who has changed the way we want to hear the major works of the piano repertory' - Susan Sontag 'Everything he writes demonstrates the acuteness of his intelligence as well as the depth of his sensibility' - Anthony Storr, Independent on Sunday '... a blending of the musical and human, historical and personal. It is what gives his writing, like his playing, its sense of excitement and commitment.' The Economist"