L. van Beethoven - Sonata No. 13 E flat major, op. 27-1., III - Adagio con espressione
Schiff András, piano
(how he falls asleep at the end… forgetting about mvt 4’s turbulence :))
GDN MyAngel+* Beatitude, take off your turbo lense… :)
Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, “Waldstein,” Op. 53
I. Allegro con brio
Alfred Brendel, piano
Today is the 81st birthday of Austrian-British pianist Alfred Brendel. Born 5 January 1931, as a teenager he was forced to dig trenches for the Axis in Yugoslavia. After the war came a happier time, when he spent a couple of years in study at the Graz Conservatory—but otherwise he is an almost entirely self-taught pianist. Brendel specializes in Mozart, Beethoven (whose complete sonatas he has recorded twice), and Schubert, and has a wide-ranging repertoire otherwise including much of Liszt and a number of 20th Century works; indeed, his first record at age 21 was of Prokofiev’s Fifth Concerto. His interpretations are renowned for their clarity, architecture, and balance, though he has occasionally been labeled a “cerebral” pianist, in part because of his tireless fastidious insistence upon adherence to the score. Brendel has been retired from the concert platform since 2008.