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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 8, 14, 21 & 23 / Wilhem Kempff


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447404   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1970, when DG issued their bicentenary Beethoven Edition, Wilhelm Kempff’s cycle of the piano sonatas, completed only five years previously, was the only possible choice. I am glad that in 1997 it remains the choice, when with the sound noticeably improved – not just over the original shallow-sounding LPs but over the earlier CD issue – Kempff’s insight remains unsurpassed.

It was only last year (4/96) that I did a detailed study, setting both of Kempff’s cycles, the mono as well as this stereo set, against Schnabel’s equally authoritative but strongly contrasted cycle, yet once again the magic of Kempff leaves me in wonder, his magnetism, his unfailing sense of spontaneity, his ability to clarify textures with
Read more astonishingly clean articulation and sharp dynamic contrasts, and not least his lyrical flow, with extreme speeds generally avoided. I suppose that Barenboim’s DG cycle might have been chosen instead, but that is more effortful, less spontaneous than his superb earlier EMI set, and would have been disappointing compared with this.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1997; reviewing Kempff's entire stereo Beethoven cycle]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1965 
Venue:  Beethoven Hall, Hannover, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1965 
Venue:  Beethoven Hall, Hannover, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1964 
Venue:  Beethoven Hall, Hannover, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1964 
Venue:  Beethoven Hall, Hannover, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 2. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique": 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 1. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 2. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight": 3. Presto agitato
Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 2. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 3. Allegro ma non troppo

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