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  • WDCH
  • Apr. 9, 2004
  • Performance is Part of Alfred Brendel's On Location Residency with Los Angeles Philharmonic


    Alfred Brendel and Adrian Brendel (pictured) perform together at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents the father and son duo in an all-Beethoven program including the Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 5, No. 1; Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 69; the Variations on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, Wo045; and the Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2.

    Each sonata in the program was written at different periods of Beethoven's career, illustrating the stylistic changes of his early, middle, and late works. The works range from one which shows the influences of Haydn and Mozart (Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 5, No. 1 composed in 1796), to the longer and more majestic works of his middle period (Sonata for Cello and Sonata in A major, Op. 69 composed in 1808) to the sublime later works (Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2 composed in 1815).

    Cellist ADRIAN BRENDEL studied at Winchester College and Cambridge University, and with Frans Helmerson in Cologne from 1996-2001. His other important teachers have included Alexander Baillie, Miklós Perenyi and William Pleeth. In recent years he has regularly attended master classes with members of the Alban Berg Quartet and György Kurtág, while cultivating a close musical relationship with his father Alfred Brendel, with whom he will perform Beethoven's works for piano and cello from January 2003 onwards. Adrian Brendel has performed extensively throughout the U.K. and abroad as chamber musician and soloist, appearing in such diverse venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Zollverein Essen, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, and Wigmore Hall, where he made his debut in 1999 to much acclaim. In October 2002 Adrian Brendel became a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's prestigious CMS2 young artists project. Adrian Brendel is co-founder of 'Music at Plush', a summer music festival held every year in Dorset, southwest England.

    Pianist ALFRED BRENDEL began his formal music education at the age of six and, though his piano lessons ended at the age of sixteen, he continued to study with Paul Baumgartner and later attended master classes given by Eduard Steuermann and Edwin Fischer. His reputation as a musical intellectual began early, with his debut recital at the Kammermusiksaal in Graz, Austria in 1948. After winning a prize in the 1949 Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy, Brendel became active as a recording musician, which cultivated a truly international audience. Brendel, with an extensive discography featuring his renowned masterly interpretations of Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, Brahms, Haydn and Schubert, stands also as the first ever to record the entire catalogue of Beethoven's solo piano compositions and one of the few to have recorded all of Mozart's piano concertos. Since that time, Brendel has regularly appeared with the world's major orchestras and has toured internationally, performing the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven sonatas and all five Mozart concertos. Recent engagements have included recital tours of North America and annual returns to Carnegie Hall.


    FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2004 at 8 PM

    On Location

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles



    All-BEETHOVEN program:

    Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 5, No. 1

    Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 69

    Variations on "See the conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus for Cello and Piano, Wo045

    Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2

    Tickets ($15 - $40) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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