Filmed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, UK, July 2000, Alfred Brendel, one of the leading musicians of our time, gives a once-in-a-lifetime access into his private world.
In an illuminating 70-minute documentary that chronicles his childhood and early influences, Alfred Brendel reveals his stature as a performer, displays his admiration for the work of other artists, and speaks about his views and ideas. Includes complete performances of: Haydn Piano Sonata in E flat major, Hob. XVI/49 Mozart Piano Sonata in C minor K. 457 Schubert Impromptu No. 3 in G flat, D. 899. Plus an inspiring 30-minute conversation at the piano, in which Sir Simon Rattle and Alfred Brendel discuss Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3.
Extra feature: Alfred Brendel reads his own witty and subversive poetry.
This is a 2 DVD set!
"…an exceptional DVD’ This is an excellent production, sober and thoughtful, just like the cover shot of Alfred Brendel looking pensively skywards…The documentary is exactly what it says: a portrait, affectionate, respectful, not critical but revealing. I’m no intimate but I’m sure it conveys the essence of what makes Brendel tick: his deep intellectual, aesthetic and psychological curiosity and honesty, inscrutable products." - International Record Review
"…masterly performances…" - The Gramophone
"…a wonderfully warm and detailed picture of the great pianist… a superlative production throughout… Brendel in Portrait is an exemplary DVD..." - Billboard, USA
"…the content is top drawer… the presentation is excellent too…" - What DVD
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