- Alfred Brendels first recording of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas are a landmark of youthful exuberance, a typically young man’s Beethoven, full of vigour, virtuosity and spontaneity.
- This set offers a generous selection of famous piano sonatas, all with nicknames, and therefore known by a wide audience.
Alfred Brendel may have disowned these recordings made for Vox Records in the dawn of his long career, but they still have the power to touch and to move, with a freshness of response that inevitably comes from a young man’s Beethoven, illuminated of course by the sovreign technique and musical intelligence that would only broaden and deepen as the years went by. Brendel has retired from performance now, but we can count ourselves lucky to have these mementoes of a performer for whom perfection and inspiration were never to be considered contradictory qualities or aims.
Included in this set of superb value are the ‘named’ piano sonatas that anyone who comes to Beethoven, and to his piano music, quickly grows to love, and perhaps later to know and understand: