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ALFRED BRENDEL PLAYS MOZART Concerto Nº20 KV466 I / III MUNICH Phil.Orch. JAMES LEVINE cond. LIVE
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Brendel was born in Wiesenberg, Czechoslovakia, now Loucná nad Desnou, Czech Republic, to a non-musical family. They moved to Zagreb when Brendel was six, and later to Graz, where they lived during World War II, towards the end of which the 14-year old Brendel was sent to Yugoslavia to dig trenches. However, he developed frostbite and was taken to hospital. Brendel began piano lessons when he was six with Sofija Deželic, and at 14 he studied piano with Ludovica von Kaan and composition in the Graz Conservatory for the next two years, but otherwise had little formal music education. After the war, Brendel composed music, as well as continuing to play the piano and to paint. However, he never had more formal piano lessons and although he attended masterclasses with Edwin Fischer and Eduard Steuermann, he was largely self-taught. Brendel gave his first public recital in Graz at the age of 17.He called it "The Fugue In Piano Literature", and as well as fugal works by Johann Sebastian Bac