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Alfred Brendel: Man and Mask
Monday 25 December 2000
8:10pm - 9:20pm
A profile of world-renowned pianist Alfred Brendel, following him over two years and exploring the
musical and non-musical influences that have shaped his life and work.
Brendel is acknowledged to be one of the most accomplished interpreters of the work of Mozart,
Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Haydn as well as the works of Brahms and Liszt.
The film features engaging dialogue with conductor Simon Rattle as they rehearse Beethoven
piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and discussions with singer Matthias
Goerne during work on Schubert's 'Winterreise'.
It is a rare insight into the life and work of one of the greatest musicians of our times.
The film also reveals another side to Brendel - from his childhood in Austria to his interest in art,
poetry and humour.
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