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Brendel plays and introduces Schubert

Alfred Brendel piano

Alfred Brendel is arguably the most outstanding modern exponent of Schubert's piano music currently before the public. He is capable of bringing not only the verve of this music but also its poetic intensity and intellectual depth to life with a special vibrancy. In this unique collection - a 5 DVD box at a very attractive price - he plays all of Schubert's major works for keyboard and introduces each piece, throwing light on its compositional substance and at the same time revealing his own highly personal relationship with these masterpieces of Romantic music. Each volume consists of a 10-15 minutes introduction by the artist and a complete performance. The series, recorded by Radio Bremen in 1976/1977, has never yet been released for home viewing. It is a timeless and infinitely fascinating document by a pianist, who has been on the international concert scene for decades without losing his magnetism for audiences and critics worldwide. Brendel’s performances of Schubert show just why he is a living legend and dean of the contemporary pianists. Almost ten hours of pure Schubert and Brendel, the DVD provides sheer bliss for aficionados of either and for all who want to become familiar with this eminent part of the piano repertoire.


Schubert: "Wanderer" Fantasie, D760; Piano Sonata in A minor, D784; Piano Sonata in C major, D840; Piano Sonata in A minor, D845; Piano Sonata in D major, D850; Piano Sonata in G major, D894; Impromptus, D899; Impromptus, D935; Piano Sonata in C minor, D958; Moments Musicaux, D780; 3 Klavierstücke, D946; Piano Sonata in A major, D959; Piano Sonata in B flat major, D960

“A perfectionist at the piano … master pianist Alfred Brendel.” The Sunday Times

Facts DVD

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Sound format
PCM Stereo
Total running time
564 mins
English, French, German, Spanish
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
1976, 1977