Alfred Brendel – Mozart: Fantasia in C Minor, K.396; Piano Sonatas (2012/2021) [FLAC, 24bit, 96 kHz]

Alfred Brendel - Mozart: Fantasia in C Minor, K.396;  Piano Sonatas (2012/2021) [FLAC, 24bit, 96 kHz] Download

Artist: Alfred Brendel
Album: Mozart: Fantasia in C Minor, K.396; Piano Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2012/2021
Audio Format: FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 55:12
Total Tracks: 10
Total Size: 1021 MB


1-1. Alfred Brendel – 1. Allegro (04:55)
1-2. Alfred Brendel – 2. Andante amoroso (04:57)
1-3. Alfred Brendel – 3. Rondeau (Allegro) (05:05)
1-4. Alfred Brendel – 1. Adagio (2004 Recording) (05:35)
1-5. Alfred Brendel – 2. Menuetto I-II (2004 Recording) (04:32)
1-6. Alfred Brendel – 3. Allegro (2004 Recording) (03:12)
1-7. Alfred Brendel – 1. Allegro (05:15)
1-8. Alfred Brendel – 2. Adagio (05:19)
1-9. Alfred Brendel – 3. Allegretto (04:34)
1-10. Alfred Brendel – Mozart: Fantasia In C Minor, K396 (11:44)

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The sonatas on this album are considered to be harder than most Mozart piano sonatas because they present a few more technical challenges, such as ornaments at the beginning of the melody or contrapuntal entrances of the theme, than his other sonatas. Alfred Brendel makes these challenges sound oh-so-easy and natural. His is a graceful Mozart with many detailed shadings, despite his occasionally playing with more forcefulness than is necessary and not as subtly as it could be. The opening of the Sonata in E flat, K. 282, and the Fantasia, K. 396, have similarities in their slow, meandering, but not random, temperaments. Brendel gives the minuets of the E flat sonata more idiosyncratic humor than one expects of a stately dance. The Sonata in D major, K. 576, is particularly elegant. He doesn’t make too much of the hunting call at the very beginning of the first movement’s main theme, but keeps it in proportion with the rest of the theme, and he handles all the contrapuntal entrances of that same theme as if they were part of a full-fledged fugue. Brendel recognizes the Classical refinements of Mozart’s sonatas and combines those with a little coloring to give them more depth and character.
“Memorable Mozart … so fresh and vital that it suggests the joy of first discovery … a celebration of music as tirelessly inventive as it is richly human … superb sound makes this a memorable issue.”
– Gramophone

“Five Stars … the distinctive Brendel hallmarks are there from the start … as past master of Mozart’s language, Brendel imparts a sense of rhetoric and nobility to its expression … superb recorded sound throughout …”
– BBC Music Magazine

“Four Stars. Brendel renders these works with brittle, crystalline clarity … the intensity of the playing and the wide-ranging emotional canvas of the pieces dictate savouring this in selective parts rather than taken in one gulp … a rich and full piano experience.”
– Audiophile Audition

Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel, called one of the greatest classical pianists of the second half of the 20th century, presents another volume in his acclaimed series of Mozart sonatas. The pieces on this album are known for the technical demands they place upon the musician; Brendel rises to the challenge and delivers intense, emotional readings.

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