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One could easily lose oneself in the meanderings of the many recordings by Wilhelm Kempff, which stretch out across the 55 years from 1920 to 1975, even though he never liked playing for the microphone. But nonetheless he has always been happy to record, and would constantly polish up his technique so as to render the most faithful possible service to his art, across both his own evolution and the technological innovations that he has seen through his many years of recording, from acoustics to stereophony. The great German pianist left behind him three complete recordings of Beethoven's sonatas. The first was in the 1930s, but it wasn't quite complete; the second in the 1950s; and a final collection, brought together in this recording, from the early 1960s, with stereo sound. Recorded quite quickly, considering the volume of material involved, between January 1964 and January 1965, in the studios of Hanover's Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, it represents Wilhelm Kempff's final statement on Beethoven's work, having drawn closer to it over the course of several years. While the piano isn't without the odd harsh moment, this complete recording is of very even quality, and it brings out Kempff's free playing style which had brought Beethoven into the light, avoiding the heavy-handedness which German pianists had often inflicted on the composer. This search for clarity and simplicity came close to the improvisatory style that was Beethoven's hallmark, as he quickly "noted" whatever his imagination brought forth. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro 00:06:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Adagio 00:04:42

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 00:03:01

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Prestissimo 00:05:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
1. Allegro vivace 00:07:13

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
2. Largo appassionato 00:06:40

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
3. Scherzo (Allegretto) 00:03:23

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
4. Rondo (Grazioso) 00:06:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
1. Allegro con brio 00:09:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
2. Adagio 00:07:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
3. Scherzo (Allegro) 00:03:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
4. Allegro assai 00:05:23

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

13
1. Allegro molto e con brio 00:09:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
2. Largo, con gran espressione 00:08:08

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
3. Allegro 00:05:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso) 00:07:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

17
1. Allegro molto e con brio 00:06:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
2. Adagio molto 00:07:27

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
3. Finale (Prestissimo) 00:04:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

20
1. Allegro 00:04:28

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
2. Allegretto 00:03:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
3. Presto 00:04:06

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

23
1. Presto 00:07:05

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
2. Largo e mesto 00:08:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
3. Menuetto. Allegro 00:02:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
4. Rondo. Allegro 00:03:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

27
1. Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio 00:07:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
2. Adagio cantabile 00:04:56

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
3. Rondo. Allegro 00:04:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

30
1. Allegro 00:05:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
2. Allegretto 00:03:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

32
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo) 00:03:53

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

33
1. Allegro 00:05:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
2. Andante 00:05:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

35
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai) 00:03:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Op. 22 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

36
1. Allegro con brio 00:07:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

37
2. Adagio con molto espressione 00:07:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

38
3. Menuetto 00:03:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

39
4. Rondo (Allegretto) 00:06:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

40
1. Andante con variazioni 00:07:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

41
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 00:03:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

42
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe 00:05:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

43
4. Allegro 00:03:17

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Dieckmann, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

44
1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I 00:04:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

45
2. Allegro molto e vivace 00:02:12

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

46
3. Adagio con espressione 00:02:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

47
4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto 00:05:34

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

48
1. Adagio sostenuto 00:06:01

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

49
2. Allegretto 00:02:19

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

50
3. Presto agitato 00:05:35

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Wilhelm Kempff, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Lohse, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Helmut Najda, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

One could easily lose oneself in the meanderings of the many recordings by Wilhelm Kempff, which stretch out across the 55 years from 1920 to 1975, even though he never liked playing for the microphone. But nonetheless he has always been happy to record, and would constantly polish up his technique so as to render the most faithful possible service to his art, across both his own evolution and the technological innovations that he has seen through his many years of recording, from acoustics to stereophony. The great German pianist left behind him three complete recordings of Beethoven's sonatas. The first was in the 1930s, but it wasn't quite complete; the second in the 1950s; and a final collection, brought together in this recording, from the early 1960s, with stereo sound. Recorded quite quickly, considering the volume of material involved, between January 1964 and January 1965, in the studios of Hanover's Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, it represents Wilhelm Kempff's final statement on Beethoven's work, having drawn closer to it over the course of several years. While the piano isn't without the odd harsh moment, this complete recording is of very even quality, and it brings out Kempff's free playing style which had brought Beethoven into the light, avoiding the heavy-handedness which German pianists had often inflicted on the composer. This search for clarity and simplicity came close to the improvisatory style that was Beethoven's hallmark, as he quickly "noted" whatever his imagination brought forth. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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