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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 25, 26 “Les Adieux”, 27 & 28 (Stereo Version)

Wilhelm Backhaus

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Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79  
1. Presto alla tedesca (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
2. Andante (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
3. Vivace (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"  
1. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
2. Die Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
3. Das Wiedersehn. Vivacissimamente (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90  
1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101  
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung. Allegretto ma non troppo (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig. Vivace alla marcia (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll. Adagio & 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro (Stereo Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Backhaus
Total Playing Time    56:31
Decca presents this landmark recording in Wilhelm Backhaus' extraordinary series of Beethoven recordings, continuing the Sonata cycle.

The recording career of Wilhelm Backhaus spanned an extraordinary sixty years from his first discs made by the acoustic process at the end of September 1908 to his final stereo recordings made for Decca in 1969.

In July 1950, as soon as Wilhelm Backhaus was out of contract from HMV, Maurice Rosengarten was quick to sign him to Decca, just as they were introducing the new LP format in Britain, and he stayed with the label until his death in 1969. Wilhelm Backhaus’ pioneering work as an early recording artist helped Decca secure the lead in the classical market with the introduction of the format of the long playing record and the label’s own improved recording process ffrr – ‘full frequency range recording’.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Tracks 1-11 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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