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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas

Wilhelm Kempff

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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
I. 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

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

2
II. 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
III. 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
IV. 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 major, Op. 2 No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
IV. 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 major, Op. 2 No. 3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
IV. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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

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

16
IV. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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 major, Op. 10 No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

20
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
IV. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
IV. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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
IV. 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
I. 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
II. 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
III. 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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