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BRENDEL’S FAREWELL CONCERTS

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BRENDEL’S FAREWELL CONCERTS
In December, 2008, pianist Alfred Brendel gave farewell recitals after 60 years of concertizing. THE FAREWELL CONCERTS (Decca, 2 CDs, $24.98) includes masterful solo pieces (Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Bach/Busoni), as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras. To quote the Gramophone review, “there is greatness to be found in every bar of these two discs, and that goes not only for the music but the musician too.”

FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD ON DVD
The most lauded presentation at the Met last fall was director Patrice Chéreau’s staging of Leos Janacek’s final opera, FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD (Deutsche Grammophon, DVD, $29.98),  based on Dostoevsky’s novel. Filmed at the Aix-en Provence Festival, Pierre Boulez conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in this powerful work.

CRAZY HEART SOUNDTRACK
Jeff Bridges’s portrayal of broken-down country musician Bad Blake won him a Golden Globe award, and is an Oscar front runner. Producer T Bone Burnett also won a Golden Globe for best original song for co-writing “The Weary Kind.” On the CRAZY HEART (New West, $15.98) soundtrack, Burnett mixes original songs sung by Bridges, Colin Farrell, and Robert Duvall with country classics by the Louvin Brothers, Kitty Wells, George Jones, and Buck Owens, among others.

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