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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas — Wilhelm Kempff (The Complete Wartime 78-RPM Recordings - 4 CDS)

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This important set contains the sixteen Beethoven sonatas that Wilhelm Kempff recorded for Grammophon in Germany between 1940 and 1943. Several are reissued here for the first time since their original release on 78rpm discs and none are currently available elsewhere. The sound is excellent for the period and all reveal the young Kempff at his best, in performances that compliment his later thoughts. The release is the companion of two previous APR releases of early Kempff Beethoven recordings – the late sonatas (APR6018) and piano concertos 1, 3, 4 & 5 (APR6019), both of which received excellent reviews and were amongst APR’s best sellers.

"The original recordings are sonically well balanced and give a good measure of Kempff’s sonority. While the rare shellac pressings are admittedly of poor quality, any extreme noise reduction on transfer agent Mark Obert-Thorn’s part would have compromised their frequency range and timbral virtues."

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 No. 1 'Quasi una fantasia'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'