Complete Beethoven Sonatas

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RELEASE DATE: 20/09/2019
8 CD + Blu Ray Audio

The impression made by Wilhelm Kempff’s performances of Beethoven is that of an embodiment of Beethoven’s remark that music must strike fire from the spirit of mankind. Kempff brought to the 32 Sonatas a sense of fantasy and improvisation. Improvising at the keyboard was Beethoven’s passion, and it is scarcely an exaggeration to describe his sonatas as fantasies which he worked out and wrote down, fair copies of piano monologues, improvisations ordered in cogent form.

Kempff recorded the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas three times over the course of four decades: on shellac between 1926 and 1945 (a few sonatas short of being complete), on shellac and on mono LPs between 1951 and 1956, and finally in stereo in the 1960s. Six decades on, DG proudly presents this legendary latter set at the highest-possible resolution, at 24-bit.

  • Capbox with 96pp booklet:
  • Essays Beethoven & the Piano Sonata by William Drabkin (En) and Beethoven’s Klaviersonaten –Versuche Einer Annäherung by Volker Scherliess (De)

Photos from DG’s archives

CD1. Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 4

CD2. Sonatas Nos. 3, 5-7

CD3. Sonatas Nos. 8-11

CD4. Sonatas Nos. 12-15

CD5. Sonatas Nos. 16-19

CD6. Sonatas Nos. 20-24

CD7. Sonatas Nos. 25-29

CD8. Sonatas Nos. 28-32

Blu Ray Audio: The Complete Sonatas
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