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[Alfred Brendel]

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[Brendel's Beethoven]

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Though Brendel's repertoire exhibits both admirable depth and scope, perhaps his most enduring monuments shall be his Beethoven piano works. Below is a catalogue of his recordings of Beethoven sonata cycles as well as other pieces. In future I hope to include notes on individual selections which are particularly outstanding.

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[CD Picture]Vox Cycle (1960s)[CD Picture]

    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. I
    Vox CDX 5028 [2 Discs]
    • Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
    • Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
    • Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
    • Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
    • Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
    • Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. II
    Vox CDX 5042 [2 Discs]
    • Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
    • Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54
    • Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Das Lebewohl"/"Les Adieux"
    • Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1
    • Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest"
    • Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No. 3
    • Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
    • Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. III
    Vox CDX 5056 [2 Discs]
    • Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1
    • Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79
    • Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1
    • Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2
    • Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1
    • Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
    • Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27 No. 1
    • Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
    • Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral"

    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. IV
    Vox CDX 5060 [2 Discs]
    • Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
    • Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2
    • Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
    • Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"
    • Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
    • Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
    • Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 "Für Therese"

    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Variations & Vignettes for Piano
    Vox CD3X 3017 [3 Discs]
    • 15 Variations with Fugue on a Theme from Prometheus, Op. 35 "Eroica"
    • Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2
    • 5 Variations on "Rule Brittania" in D major, WoO 79
    • 7 Variations on "God Save the King" in D major, G. 189
    • 12 Variations on a Russian Dance from Wranitsky's Ballet Das Waldmädchen in A major, G. 182
    • 6 Variations on an Original Theme in G major, Op. 34
    • 6 Variations on a Theme from The Ruins of Athens in D major, Op. 76
    • 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
    • 7 Variations from Winter's Opera Das unterbrochene Opferfest in F major, G. 186
    • 24 Variations on Righini's Air "Venni Amore" in D major, WoO 65
    • 6 Variations on the Duet from Paisiello's La Molinara in G major, WoO 70
    • 8 Variations on Süssmayr's Theme "Tändeln und Scherzen" in F major, G. 187
    • 13 Variations on Dittersdorf's Air "Es war einmal ein alter Mann" in A major, G. 178
    • 10 Variations on Salieri's Air "La stessa la stessissima" in B major, WoO 73
    • Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7
    • 6 Easy Variations on a Swiss Air in F major, G. 183
    • 9 Variations on Paisiello's Air "Quarrt'e piu bello" in A major, WoO 69
    • 6 Variations on an Original Theme in G major, WoO 77
    • 8 Variations on Grétry's Air "Une fièvre brûlante" in C major, G. 184
    • Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2
    • Allegretto in C minor, WoO 53
    • 6 Ecossaises, WoO 83
    • Für Elise, WoO 59
    • Polonaise in C major, Op. 89

    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Bagatelles, Variations, Rondos
    Vox CDX 5112 [2 Discs]
    • 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
    • 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119
    • 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
    • Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129 "Rage Over a Lost Penny"
    • Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1
    • 7 Bagatelles, Op. 33
    • Andante in F major, WoO 57 "Andante favori"
    • "Ziemlich Lebhaft" in B-flat major, WoO 60


    Alfred Brendel Plays Beethoven Piano Concertos (1960s)
    Vox CDX3 3502 [3 Discs]

    • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

    • Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra / Willfried Boettcher, conductor

    • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
    • Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
    • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

    • Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Heinz Wallberg, conductor

    • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73

    • Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Heinz Wallberg, conductor

    • Fantasia in G minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasia"

    • Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra & Stuttgart Lehrergesangverein / Willfried Boettcher, conductor

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[CD Picture]First Philips Cycle (1970s)[CD Picture]

    Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas
    Philips 412 575-2 [11 Discs]

    • Disc 1
      • Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2
      • Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"

    • Disc 2
      • Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7
      • Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2

    • Disc 3
      • Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
      • Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
      • Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

    • Disc 4
      • Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
      • Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
      • Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"

    • Disc 5
      • Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
      • Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral"

    • Disc 6
      • Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest"

    • Disc 7
      • Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No. 3
      • Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2
      • Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"

    • Disc 8
      • Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54
      • Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
      • Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 "Für Therese"
      • Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

    • Disc 9
      • Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Das Lebewohl"/"Les Adieux"
      • Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
      • Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

    • Disc 10
      • Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
      • Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

    • Disc 11
      • Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
      • Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
      • Andante in F major, WoO 57 "Andante favori"


    Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1970s)
    [3 Discs Available Individually]

    • Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2
      Philips 420 882-2
      London Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernhard Haitink, conductor

      • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
      • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19

    • Piano Concertos No. 3 & 4
      Philips 420 861-2
      London Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernhard Haitink, conductor

      • Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
      • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

    • Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasia
      Philips 420 347-2
      London Philharmonic Orchestra & London Philharmonic Choir / Bernhard Haitink, conductor

      • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
      • Fantasia in G minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasia"

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[CD Picture]Second Philips Cycle (1990s)[CD Picture]

    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas
    Philips 446 909-2 [10 Discs]

    • Op. 2 Nos. 1-3
      Philips 442 124-2
      • Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2
      • Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

    • Op. 10 Nos. 1-3
      Philips 446 664-2
      • Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2
      • Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

    • Op. 13, Op. 14 Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 22
      Philips 442 774-2
      • Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"
      • Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
      • Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22

    • Op. 26, Op. 27 Nos. 1 & 2
      Philips 438 863-2
      • Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
      • Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
      • Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

    • Op. 7, Op. 28, Op. 49 No. 2
      Philips 446 624-2
      • Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7
      • Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral"
      • Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2

    • Op. 31 Nos. 1-3
      Philips 438 134-2
      • Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31 No. 1
      • Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest"
      • Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No. 3

    • Op. 53, Op. 54, Op. 101, Andante favori
      Philips 438 472-2
      • Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
      • Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54
      • Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101
      • Andante in F major, WoO 57 "Andante favori"

    • Op. 57, Op. 78, Op. 79, Op. 90
      Philips 442 787-2
      • Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79
      • Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 "Für Therese"
      • Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
      • Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

    • Op. 81a, Op. 106
      Philips 446 093-2
      • Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
      • Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Das Lebewohl"/"Les Adieux"

    • Op. 109-111
      Philips 446 701-2
      • Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
      • Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
      • Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

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[CD Picture]Compilations & Other Works[CD Picture]

    Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos (1983)
    Philips 411 189-2 [3 Discs Available Individually or as a Set]

    • Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2
      Philips 412 787-2
      Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Levine, conductor

      • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
      • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19

    • Piano Concertos No. 3 & 4
      Philips 412 788-2
      Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Levine, conductor

      • Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
      • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

    • Piano Concerto No. 5 & Piano Sonata No. 31
      Philips 412 789-2
      Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Levine, conductor

      • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
      • Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110


    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 24, Op. 78 "Für Therese" & No. 29, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" Live!
    Philips 412 723-2 [Discontinued; now included in "The Art of Alfred Brendel" below]
    • Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
    • Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 "Für Therese"

    Beethoven: Für Elise, Eroica-Variationen Op. 35, 6 Bagatellen Op. 126, Ecossaisen WoO 83
    Philips 412 227-2
    • 15 Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica Variations"
    • Bagatelle in A minor WoO 59, "Für Elise"
    • 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126
    • 6 Ecossaises WoO 83

    Beethoven: Diabelli-Variationen
    Philips 426 232-2
    • 33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 "Diabelli Variations"

    Beethoven/Schumann: Theme and Variations II
    Philips 432 093-2
      Robert Schumann:
    • Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
      Ludwig van Beethoven:
    • 6 Variations in F major, Op. 34
    • 5 Variations on "Rule Brittania" in D major, WoO 79
    • 6 Variations on "Nel cor più non mi sento" in G major, WoO 70

    Alfred Brendel Recital: Bach/Busoni, Haydn, Beethoven (1991)
    Philips 432 760-2
      J. S. Bach/Ferruccio Busoni:
    • Organ Chorale Prelude "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" BWV 659
      Joseph Haydn:
    • Piano Sonata in G minor, Hob. XVI:44
    • Piano Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI:20
      Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110

    The Art of Alfred Brendel: Beethoven (1996)
    Philips 446 922-2 [5 Discs] / Philips 446 920-2 [25 Discs]
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra / James Levine, conductor

    • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 (Same as 411 189-2)
    • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (Same as 411 189-2)
    • Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 (Same as 412 575-2)
    • Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22 (Same as 412 575-2)
    • Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 (Same as 412 575-2)
    • Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" (Same as 412 575-2)
    • Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78 "Für Therese" (Same as 412 723-2)
    • Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" (Same as 412 723-2)
    • Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (Same as 412 575-2)
    • 33 Variations in C major on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 "Diabelli Variations" Live
    • 6 Variations in F major, Op. 34 (Same as 432 093-2)
    • 15 Variations & Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" (Same as 412 227-2)
    • 5 Variations on "Rule Brittania" in D major, WoO 79 (Same as 432 093-2)
    • 6 Variations on "Nel cor più non mi sento" in G major, WoO 70 (Same as 432 093-2)
    • Bagatelle in A minor WoO 59, "Für Elise" (Same as 412 227-2)
    • 6 Ecossaises WoO 83 (Same as 412 227-2)
    • 6 Bagatelles, Op. 126 (Same as 412 227-2)
    • Andante in F major, WoO 57 "Andante favori" (Same as 412 575-2)

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