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Classical - Released March 22, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 8, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 22, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released May 27, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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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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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Symphonies - Released January 2, 1980 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Solo Piano - Released February 9, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Oh no, no, no: this is absolutely not a re-release of one of the many recordings which Murray Perahia made of Beethoven over the decades. This here is something completely new, made in 2016 and 2017, of two radically contrasting sonatas: the Fourteenth of 1801, which Rellstab nicknamed "Clair de lune" in 1832, while Beethoven merely dubbed it Quasi una fantasia, and the Twenty Ninth of 1819, Große Sonate für das Hammerklavier, written after several barren years. Perhaps, consciously or not, Perahia has coupled two works, one "before" and the other "after" - after all, he himself has known his fair share of fallow years, following a hand injury which removed him from the stage from 1990 to 2005. Whether or not it's true, it's certainly tempting to imagine. Either way, like Beethoven, Perahia made a storming return, as shown in this recent performance, in which vigour alternates with moments of intense introspection, always impeccably phrased and articulated, and deeply musical. Clearly all those years in which he concentrated almost exclusively on the works of Bach as a training regime while he waited for recovery seem to have in fact been immensely fruitful. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Every man's death diminishes us all, but the death of a man so close to completing his greatest achievement and the summation of his life's work diminishes us all greatly -- very, very greatly. When Emil Gilels died in 1985, he had completed recordings of most but not all of Beethoven's piano sonatas, released here in a nine-disc set. What's here is unimaginably good: superlative recordings of 27 of the 32 canonical sonatas, including the "Pathétique," "Moonlight," "Waldstein," "Appassionata," "Les Adieux," and the majestic "Hammerklavier," plus the two early "Electoral" Sonatas and the mighty Eroica Variations. What's missing is unimaginably priceless: five of the canonical sonatas, including the first and -- horror vacui -- the last. But still, for what there is, we must be grateful. Beyond all argument one of the great pianists of the twentieth century, Gilels the Soviet super virtuoso had slowly mellowed and ripened over his long career, and when he began recording the sonatas in 1972, his interpretations had matured and deepened while his superlative technique remained gloriously intact straight through to the last recordings of his final year. In performance after performance, one marvels at Gilels' virtuosity, his expressivity, and his sheer joy in music-making. But most of all, it is through the intensity of Gilels' interpretations, in the way he finds the depths of the Largos and reaches the heights of the Allegro vivaces, in the way he seems to so thoroughly understand and completely identify with Beethoven's music, that we understand it in a new and better way ourselves. While obviously not the only Beethoven piano sonata set one should have on the shelf, any Beethoven collection without Gilels is a poorer Beethoven collection. From high stereo to early digital, Deutsche Grammophon's sound is consistently translucent.
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Classical - Released November 1, 2014 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released December 2, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Because Beethoven's late piano sonatas are universally revered, performances of these works often invite passionate disagreements about the proper way to interpret them. Such was the case with Maurizio Pollini's recordings (1975-1977), and the controversy surrounding them has never fully abated. While these performances are polished to an extent seldom realized on other recordings, it was this pristine quality itself that invited criticism. Pollini was alleged to have objectified the music and detached himself emotionally from his performances, leaving only cold, analytical readings without a trace of feeling. In defense, it should be pointed out that many previous performances were overly burdened with Romantic interpretations and pretensions, and that Pollini performed a great service by presenting the sonatas in as accurate and clean a manner as possible, without grandiose effects. His performances are astonishingly lucid and flowing, especially in the many contrapuntal passages that regularly appear as features of these works. The last five sonatas are admirably served by Pollini's control and precision, and whatever doubts are held about his emotional involvement may be dismissed when the slow movements of Opp. 109 and 111 are heard. These are sublime performances with a high level of immediacy and skill and are strongly recommended.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released August 25, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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A few weeks ago Deutsche Grammophon, the most prestigious German record label in the world, announced with great fanfare the return of Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin within its ranks alongside the pianists Murray Perahia, Krystian Zimerman, Daniil Trifonov, Rafał Blechacz and Seong-Jin Cho. It’s therefore with some trepidation that piano enthusiasts wait for this Beethoven album that proves tempestuous and of astounding mastery, particularly in Appassionata in which the left hand opens up uncanny new areas of expression. This Appassionata could very well fuel some regrets about Deutsche Grammophon’s reluctance to invest in Kissin’s comeback on the yellow label through a proper studio album with coherent sound recordings, rather than gathering a disparate patchwork of live recordings. © TG/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 1981 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1963 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 26, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)