ECHO KLASSIK Award for Alfred Brendel

On October 9 2016 Alfred Brendel is to be honoured with the ECHO KLASSIK Life Achievement Award in Berlin, Germany. „His interpretation of the classic-romantic repertoire have defined the style since the 1950s and continue to inspire a multitude of younger artists“, the organizers announced on Thursday. Brendel was the first pianist to record Beethoven's complete piano works for Vox-Turnabout. All later Beethoven recordings are included in the 114-disc set „Complete Philips Recordings“, released on the pianist's 85th birthday.

„Alfred Brendel is a living legend“, states the Prof. Dieter Gorny, Chairman of the Federal Association of the Music Industry. „Not without reason is he considered one of the best pianists of recent decades. He is not 'only' a musician but also an artist, whose interest in painting, literature and philosophy gives him a comprehensive education. This universal background provides an infinite depth to his numerous interpretations of great works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert or Liszt, as well as a tremendous warmth and empathy that is profoundly touching. He has also made a name for himself giving lectures and as a writer of clever essays and humorous lyrical poetry. Alfred Brendel is undoubtedly one of the greats of the musical world of the 20th and 21st Century.“

Founded in 1994, The ECHO KLASSIK is awarded in numerous categories by the German Phono Academy, the cultural institute of the Federal Association of the Music Industry. The televised event will take place in Berlin and be broadcast live by the ZDF with moderator Thomas Gottschalk from 10pm. Further Decca Classics artists receiving an Award are: Max Cencic, Nelson Freire, Janine Jansen, Pinchas Zukerman and Kent Nagano with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Complete Philips Recordings

114-CD Box Set

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