Master Class with Alfred Brendel

It’s been a while since I last posted a master class, but I’ve always enjoyed highlighting them here on my blog.

The following class is particularly interesting as it focuses entirely on Franz Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B minor S.178, and is hosted by legendary Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel. Recorded at the Royal College of Music in London, the class has been split between two pianists, Elmar Gasanov and Petr Limonov, both of whom have since graduated. Brendel’s comments and suggestions provide a fascinating insight into his own performances.

This master class was recorded at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall (Royal College of Music) on November 14th 2011. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

You can hear Brendel’s performance of this work, recorded in Tokyo, Japan, in 1985, by clicking the link below:

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For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


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