CLASSICAL CD of THE WEEK (22 April – 28 April)

This week’s CD, on the Decca label and supplied to us by Universal Music Australia, is titled ‘Alfred Brendel – Live in Vienna’, featuring the acclaimed pianist, backed by the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

These live recordings of Brahms’s  ‘Variations And Fugue On A Theme By Handel, Op.24’ and Schumann’s ‘Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54’, are taken from Austrian Radio broadcasts of 1979 and 2001 respectively. The ‘Handel’ Variations, never recorded in the studio,  is the first commercially available recording of this work by Brendel.

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