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ALFRED BRENDEL - Moonlight Sonata (1st mvt)

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Uploaded on Jun 8, 2008

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" - "Clair de lune"
1. Adagio sostenuto
by Alfred Brendel



After a performance of the "Moonlight" Sonata, "The Times" wrote :
"Playing the "Moonlight" is the pianist's equivalent of an actor speaking "To be or not to be" ; the entire audience can sing along, so how can it be made to sound unworn without introducing eccentricity ?
In Brendel's case, by lavishing on every phrase such intensity of feeling that we are simply unable to hear the familiarity."

Après qu'Alfred Brendel eut exécuté la sonate "Clair de lune", le critique du "Times" écrivit :
"Pour un pianiste, jouer la sonate "Clair de lune" équivaut pour un acteur à réciter le fameux monologue "Etre ou ne pas être" de Hamlet. Tous les spectateurs sont capables de le reprendre en choeur ; aussi comment peut-on jouer cette sonate sans routine et sans excentricité ?
Mais Brendel joue chaque phrase si intensément qu'on oublie à quel point cette oeuvre nous est familière."

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