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Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas

Wilhelm Kempff

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Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1  
1
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:36
2
2. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:42
3
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:02
4
4. Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:03
Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2  
5
1. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:13
6
2. Largo appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:40
7
3. Scherzo (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:23
8
4. Rondo (Grazioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:31
Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3  
9
1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:53
10
2. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:04
11
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:19
12
4. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:24
Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7  
13
1. Allegro molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:04
14
2. Largo, con gran espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:08
15
3. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:19
16
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:12
Piano Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1  
17
1. Allegro molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:14
18
2. Adagio molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:28
19
3. Finale (Prestissimo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:14
Piano Sonata No.6 In F, Op.10 No.2  
20
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:28
21
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:32
22
3. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:07
Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3  
23
1. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:06
24
2. Largo e mesto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:44
25
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:46
26
4. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:56
Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 "Pathétique"  
27
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:19
28
2. Adagio cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:57
29
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:35
Piano Sonata No.9 In E, Op.14 No.1  
30
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:13
31
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:33
32
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:53
Piano Sonata No.10 In G, Op.14 No.2  
33
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:55
34
2. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:19
35
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:33
Piano Sonata No.11 In B Flat, Op.22  
36
1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:31
37
2. Adagio con molto espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:12
38
3. Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:04
39
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:26
Piano Sonata No.12 In A Flat, Op.26  
40
1. Andante con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:19
41
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:02
42
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:35
43
4. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:18
Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1  
44
1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:15
45
2. Allegro molto e vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:12
46
3. Adagio con espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:34
47
4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:34
Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 "Moonlight"  
48
1. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:01
49
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:20
50
3. Presto agitato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:36
Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 "Pastorale"  
51
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:12
52
2. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:21
53
3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:17
54
4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:05
Piano Sonata No.16 In G, Op.31 No.1  
55
1. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:25
56
2. Adagio grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:57
57
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:37
Piano Sonata No.17 In D Minor, Op.31 No.2 "Tempest"  
58
1. Largo - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:22
59
2. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:07
60
3. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:08
Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat, Op.31 No.3 "The Hunt"  
61
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:30
62
2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:22
63
3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:16
64
4. Presto con fuoco
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:55
Piano Sonata No.19 In G Minor, Op.49 No.1  
65
1. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:06
66
2. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:52
Piano Sonata No.20 In G, Op.49 No.2  
67
1. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:32
68
2. Tempo di Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:51
Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 "Waldstein"  
69
1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
10:56
70
2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:05
71
3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:52
Piano Sonata No.22 In F, Op.54  
72
1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:45
73
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:22
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 "Appassionata"  
74
1. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:54
75
2. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:01
76
3. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:53
Piano Sonata No.24 In F Sharp, Op.78 "For Therese"  
77
1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:05
78
2. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:02
Piano Sonata No.25 In G, Op.79  
79
1. Presto alla tedesca
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:11
80
2. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:41
81
3. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:06
Piano Sonata No.26 In E Flat, Op.81a "Les adieux"  
82
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:05
83
2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:57
84
3. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:21
Piano Sonata No.27 In E Minor, Op.90  
85
1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:18
86
2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:53
Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101  
87
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:33
88
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:52
89
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:32
90
4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:51
Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 "Hammerklavier"  
91
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:52
92
2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:44
93
3. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
16:31
94
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
12:07
Piano Sonata No.30 In E Major, Op.109  
95
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:20
96
2. Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:28
97
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
11:13
Piano Sonata No.31 In A Flat Major, Op.110  
98
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:18
99
2. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:16
100
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:51
Piano Sonata No.32 In C Minor, Op.111  
101
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:58
102
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
15:25
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    9:56:37
"... (Kempff is) the most inspirational of Beethoven pianists ... magical spontaneity ..."
- Gramophone

"... the classic among Beethoven sonata cycles ... Kempff convinces through subtlety and superb accounts of all the lesser known and 'little' sonatas ... he can even be quite playful. Solid, in the best, most empathetically positive sense of the word."
- MusicWeb International

This eight-disc box set compiles historic 1964 and 1965 recordings of the entire cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas, presented by German pianist Wilhelm Kempff, considered among the finest Beethoven interpreters. Following his mono release of the complete sonatas in the 1950s, Kempff earned himself the Grand Prix du Disque for these stereo versions a decade later.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin Studio Masters

Recordings: Hannover, Beethoven Saal, 1/1964 (nos. 29-32), 9/1964 (nos. 16-18, 21-23, 25, 26, 28),
11/1964 (nos. 1-7, 9, 10, 12, 19, 20), 1/1965 (nos. 8, 11, 13-15, 24, 27)
Executive Producer: Otto Gerdes
Recording Producer: Wolfgang Lohse; Karl Faust (nos. 16-18, 21-23, 25, 26, 28); Hans Weber (nos. 29-32)
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Klaus Scheibe;
Heinz Wildhagen (nos. 16-18, 21-23, 25, 26, 28-32)
℗ 1965 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
© 1984/97 Prof. Karl Schumann
Project Manager: David Butchart
Booklet Editor: Daniel Fesquet
Artist Photos: © Jeremy Fletcher (cover, p. 12); © Rudolf Betz (p. 2);
© Wildhagen (p. 5)
Art Direction: Philipp Starke

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