Alfred Brendel Talk: The Light and Shade of Interpretation

Mon 7 Jun 7:30pm at Town Hall

Alfred Brendel retired from the concert platform in 2008. Now he returns as a speaker, discussing the ideas and inspiration that, for nearly fifty years, have made him one of the world’s leading pianists. There will be a chance to savour the old Brendel magic when he illustrates his thoughts at the piano.

BBC Music magazine’s Editor Oliver Condy explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert: “Alfred Brendel may have retired from public piano performance, but that hasn’t stopped one of the most entertaining, intelligent and thoughtful musicians from sharing his views on music. Brendel has as much a gift for communicating verbally as he does musically.”

Review by John Quinn, MusicWeb:

…..”During his concert and recording career Alfred Brendel always impressed me as a thoughtful, articulate and deeply musical pianist. On the evidence of this lecture he’s just as successful a musical communicator now that he’s switched from the keyboard to the spoken word. His delivery was modest in style but held the attention of his audience throughout. It’s good that Alfred Brendel’s musical wisdom and insight are still on show to the public even after his retirement from the concert platform.”

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

“Now retired from the concert-platform, the pianist Alfred Brendel (one of the greatest performer-thinkers the world has ever seen), delivered an engrossing lecture with copious musical examples, some recorded, more of them played so grippingly by himself at the piano (the gifts haven’t diminished).” …..