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Alfred Brendel is going Dada

The retired pianist, now 85, is writing arts criticism for New York Review of Books. Chalenging stuff, as you’d expect. Sample: …as a child, I had unwittingly encountered Dada in its funniest form. At home, my mother sang, to her own embarrassment, a Berlin cabaret song from the 1920s that starts with the memorable lines […]
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