Synopses & Reviews
In this definitive collection of a renowned pianist's writingssome of them never before published in EnglishAlfred Brendel 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 reflections will prove invaluable to serious piano players and listeners alike.
“Alfred Brendel is not only one of our eras great pianists; he is a defining presence, who has changed the way we want to hear the major works of the piano repertory. . . . The mix of thoughtfulness and brilliance that irradiates his performances infuses these spirited essays.” —Susan Sontag
“Alfred Brendel brings the clarity and originality of expression that characterize his performance to the printed page.” —Book News
“Brendel writes music as a matter of life and death, and that is a wonderful world to be able to step into. . . . There are years of thought and study behind these essays. They cover topics of which he obviously feels passionately and his language does not waiver or equivocate.” —Foreword
“Forty-one topics, mulled by a master musician, collected for the first time in paperback . . . offer a smorgasbord to thoughtful pianists.” —Clavier
About the Author
is known for his recordings, international concert appearances, and writings. He has been credited with almost single-handedly rescuing from oblivion the piano music of Schuberts last years. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1989.