"The interpreter puts himself on display: a juggler, tightrope-walker and trapeze-artist of piano-playing." That's Alfred Brendel's picturesque description of the experience of performing Beethoven's piano sonatas, all of which he recorded twice, as well as being the first to play the cycle at Carnegie Hall.
"The music contained in Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas represents a great chronicle of the human condition, no less so than the works of Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. And that's saying nothing of the technical demands therein…. Brendel represents the Mount Olympus of Beethoven champions."—LA Daily News
"Austrian-born and now based in London, Brendel brings a lively intelligence, as well as massive technical and expressive talents, to any music he plays."—Chicago Sun-Times