A Pianist’s A-Z: A piano lover’s reader by Alfred Brendel – one of the world’s best-loved pianists – is a hugely insightful and enjoyable book for all piano lovers.
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‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’
Ever since Alfred Brendel bid farewell to the concert stage after six decades of performing, he has been passing on his insight and experience in the form of lectures, readings and master-classes. This reader for lovers of the piano distils his musical and linguistic eloquence and vast knowledge, and will prove invaluable to anyone with an interest in the technique, history and repertoire of the piano.
Erudite, witty, enlightening and deeply personal, A Pianist’s A to Z is the ideal book for all piano lovers, musicians and music aficionados: rarely has the instrument been described in such an entertaining and intelligent fashion.
Brendel's own love for the piano is evident in every line. His enthusiasm will send amateurs back to their instruments to try things they might never have thought of on their own.
Absorbing and often thought-provoking ... a guaranteed-to-please gift for musical friends.
In turns scholarly, practical and skittish.
An elegant stocking-filler - a quirky, insightful assemblage of observations and oddities.
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