The Legendary Alfred Brendel Puts On a Cine-Meeting and String Quartet Master Class in Prague September 14 – 17 , 2015

September 14 – 17 , 2015

Monday 14/09
17.30 – Ida
20.00 – Tokyo Story

Tue 15/09
17.30 – Lourdes
20.00 – Letztes Jahr in Marienbad

Wed 16/09
19.00 Masterclass: Alfred Brendel/Bennewitz Quartet
Beethoven: Last String Quartet

Thu 17/09
17.30 Atmen

Mr. Brendel is returning to Prague to share his passion for Beethoven’s music and movies. Screenings at Ponrepo start each day at 5:30 PM and 8 PM. Tickets available at the door at Ponrepo Theater, Praha 1, Bartolomějská 11. Tickets reservations:

September 16 / Master Class with Alfred Brendel and Bennewitz String Quartet: Beethoven – Last String Quartet

The Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel, one of the most distinguished musicians of the 20th century, is also well known as a poet, essayist, and film connoisseur. He has given concerts in Prague many times. In 2013, thanks to the kind invitation by Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival, we had a chance to see him in yet another role. In two lectures, he presented his two books about music: Schubert’s Last Sonatas, a APianist’s Alphabet. His serious as well as humorous insight into the world of music met with a most hearty welcome from both the general public and experts.


In 2014, by the invitation of Prague Music Performance, and in collaboration with Czech National Film Archives and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Prague, Alfred Brendel personally introduced his 14 most favorite movies. He named his cine-meeting held in the Ponrepo Theater  between March 31 and April 7 “Between Dread and Laughter”. The grotesque, humor, dread and horror, and the combination of the artistry of the world’s major filmmakers with the witty observations of the legendary musician was something that only Vienna and Berlin have witnessed so far! Prague had the honor and privilege as well. Alfred Brendel is greatly adept in Jan Švankmajer’s work, and he greatly appreciated Švankmajer’s collaboration with the Czech composer Zdeněk Liška. In fact, the films by Jan Švankmajer opened the cine-meeting event. Classical masterpieces by Buster Keaton, Luise Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Woody Allen, Lindsay Andersen, and others followed, always with the commentaries by the unforgettable Alfred Brendel.

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