Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven: Sonatas (Complete Wartime 78-rpm Recordings)New release

Beethoven: Sonatas (Complete Wartime 78-rpm Recordings)

Wilhelm Kempff

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on November 17, 2017 by APR

Main artist: Wilhelm Kempff

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music > Solo Piano

Distinctions: Gramophone Editor's Choice (November 2017)

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Album : 4 disks - 56 tracks Total length : 04:58:38

    DISC 1
    Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2, No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  1. 1 I. Allegro vivace

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  2. 2 II. Largo appassionato

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  3. 3 III. Scherzo: Allegretto

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  4. 4 IV. Rondo: Grazioso

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  5. Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1
  6. 5 I. Allegro

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  7. 6 II. Allegretto

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  8. 7 III. Rondo: Allegro comodo

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  9. Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2
  10. 8 I. Allegro

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  11. 9 II. Andante

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  12. 10 III. Scherzo: Allegro assai

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  13. Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22
  14. 11 I. Allegro con brio

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  15. 12 II. Adagio con molto espressione

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  16. 13 III. Minuetto

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  17. 14 IV. Rondo: Allegretto

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  18. DISC 2
    Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7
  19. 1 I. Molto allegro

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  20. 2 II. Largo con gran espressione

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  21. 3 III. Allegro

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  22. 4 IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto

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  23. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1
  24. 5 I. Molto allegro e con brio

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  25. 6 II. Adagio molto

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  26. 7 III. Finale: Prestissimo

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  27. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2
  28. 8 I. Allegro

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  29. 9 II. Allegretto

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  30. 10 III. Finale: Presto

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  31. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3
  32. 11 I. Presto

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  33. 12 II. Largo e mesto

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  34. 13 III. Menuetto: Allegro

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  35. 14 IV. Rondo: Allegro

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  36. DISC 3
    Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"
  37. 1 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio

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  38. 2 II. Adagio cantabile

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  39. 3 III. Rondo: Allegro

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  40. Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-Flat Major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
  41. 4 I. Andante con variazioni

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  42. 5 II. Scherzo: Molto allegro

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  43. 6 III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe

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  44. 7 IV. Allegro

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  45. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"
  46. 8 I. Adagio sostenuto

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  47. 9 II. Allegretto

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  48. 10 III. Presto agitato

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  49. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
  50. 11 I. Allegro con brio

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  51. 12 II. Introduzione: Adagio molto -

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  52. 13 III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato

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  53. DISC 4
    Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 1 "Quasi una fantasia"
  54. 1 I. Andante

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  55. 2 II. Allegro molto e vivace

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  56. 3 III. Adagio con espressione

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  57. 4 IV. Allegro vivace

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  58. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 "Pastoral"
  59. 5 I. Allegro

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  60. 6 II. Andante

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  61. 7 III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace

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  62. 8 IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

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  63. Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3 "La Chasse"
  64. 9 I. Allegro

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  65. 10 II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace

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  66. 11 III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso

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  67. 12 IV. Presto con fuoco

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  68. Piano Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  69. 13 I. Allegro assai

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  70. 14 II. Andante con moto

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  71. 15 III. Allegro ma non troppo

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About

This edition of the complete recordings of the Beethoven Sonatas, made during the war, is a godsend for all the lovers of the great German pianist, and there are a lot of them, of all generations. One could get a bit lost in the jungle of his many recordings that came out from 1920 to 1975: that is, over 55 years – which is a lot, to say that he doesn't like playing for microphones. But Kempff has always been happy to record nonetheless, and is constantly polishing up his technique so as to render the most faithful possible service to his art, given the technological innovations that he has seen across his many years of recording, from acoustics to stereophony, by way of electric recording, 78rpm and the 33rpm microgroove.

 

He has recorded a lot of music since the start of his long career: Bach, Brahms, Schubert, but in particular, at 80%, he remains one of the greatest performers of his dear friend Beethoven. The recordings from this period are not always easy to date, because they could appear under many different matrix numbers, although they are in fact all the same version. Some famous sonatas, of course, have indeed been recorded many times: Pathétique as well as Clair de lune, Waldstein and Appassionata. The sonatas which figure in this album, recorded in Berlin in 1942 and 1943, make up what should have been a recording of the complete works, but which was interrupted by the war. Despite a fairly ephemeral French edition in the 1980s with the Dante label, these recordings were forgotten in favour of two later complete recordings, the first of which was produced in the 1950s and the second in the 1960s in stereophony.

 

Even if the surface sound is omnipresent in these re-recordings, it is quickly forgotten thanks to the painstaking restoration that has brought back Kempff's marvellously delicate touch. It is thrilling to follow in the footsteps of this towering musician, and compare him to himself across the years. In fact, his art has not aged as time has gone by, even if one notes the substantial difference in the discourse, the sound (depending on the piano used), the tempo and the formal construction. A document of the greatest musical interest.

François Hudry © Qobuz 2017

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