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Brendel at the Philly
April 23, 2008    wersja polska »
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Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel will perform in the masters' recital series at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Brendel is considered to be one of the greatest talents of the second half of the 20th century. He will play works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on April 27.

During World War II Brendel lived in Graz, Austria. At the age of 14 his family sent him to Yugoslavia. During that time he had occasional piano lessons. He also painted. He was self taught but without difficulty was accepted to attend piano classes taught by Edwin Fischer and Eduard Steuermann.

He gave his first piano recital at the age of 17 at Graz, performing the works of Bach, Liszt, Brahms and his own compositions. In 1949 he came fourth in the Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. At the age of 21 he recorded his first album, Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5.

Brendel started to perform regularly outside Austria in the 1970s. His concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London brought him worldwide fame.

Today Brendel is considered to be one of the best interpreters of the German classic composers-Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. Critics consider him a musical analyst, who with every performance tries to faithfully reproduce the composer's intentions. "I am responsible to the composer, and particularly to the piece," Brendel has often said.

April 27, 7:30 p.m., National Philharmonic, 10 Sienkiewicza St., tickets: zl.40, 35, 30, 25, 20, tel. 0-22 55 17 149,
bilety@filharmonia.pl ,www.bilecik.info
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