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Released May 27, 2016
Duration 9h 56m 37s
Genre Classical
 

Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas

Wilhelm Kempff

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Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1  
1.1
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:36
1.2
2. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:42
1.3
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:02
1.4
4. Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:03
Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2  
1.5
1. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:13
1.6
2. Largo appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:40
1.7
3. Scherzo (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:23
1.8
4. Rondo (Grazioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:31
Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3  
1.9
1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:53
1.10
2. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:04
1.11
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:19
1.12
4. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:24
Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7  
1.13
1. Allegro molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:04
1.14
2. Largo, con gran espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:08
1.15
3. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:19
1.16
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:12
Piano Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1  
1.17
1. Allegro molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:14
1.18
2. Adagio molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:28
1.19
3. Finale (Prestissimo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:14
Piano Sonata No.6 In F, Op.10 No.2  
1.20
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:28
1.21
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:32
1.22
3. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:07
Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3  
1.23
1. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:06
1.24
2. Largo e mesto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:44
1.25
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:46
1.26
4. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:56
Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 "Pathétique"  
1.27
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:19
1.28
2. Adagio cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:57
1.29
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:35
Piano Sonata No.9 In E, Op.14 No.1  
1.30
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:13
1.31
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:33
1.32
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:53
Piano Sonata No.10 In G, Op.14 No.2  
1.33
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:55
1.34
2. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:19
1.35
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:33
Piano Sonata No.11 In B Flat, Op.22  
1.36
1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:31
1.37
2. Adagio con molto espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:12
1.38
3. Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:04
1.39
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:26
Piano Sonata No.12 In A Flat, Op.26  
1.40
1. Andante con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:19
1.41
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:02
1.42
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:35
1.43
4. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:18
Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1  
1.44
1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:15
1.45
2. Allegro molto e vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:12
1.46
3. Adagio con espressione
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:34
1.47
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"  
1.48
1. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:01
1.49
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:20
1.50
3. Presto agitato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:36
Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 "Pastorale"  
1.51
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:12
1.52
2. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:21
1.53
3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:17
1.54
4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:05
Piano Sonata No.16 In G, Op.31 No.1  
1.55
1. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:25
1.56
2. Adagio grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:57
1.57
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:37
Piano Sonata No.17 In D Minor, Op.31 No.2 "Tempest"  
1.58
1. Largo - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:22
1.59
2. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:07
1.60
3. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:08
Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat, Op.31 No.3 "The Hunt"  
1.61
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:30
1.62
2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:22
1.63
3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:16
1.64
4. Presto con fuoco
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:55
Piano Sonata No.19 In G Minor, Op.49 No.1  
1.65
1. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:06
1.66
2. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:52
Piano Sonata No.20 In G, Op.49 No.2  
1.67
1. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:32
1.68
2. Tempo di Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:51
Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 "Waldstein"  
1.69
1. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
10:56
1.70
2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:05
1.71
3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:52
Piano Sonata No.22 In F, Op.54  
1.72
1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:45
1.73
2. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:22
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 "Appassionata"  
1.74
1. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
9:54
1.75
2. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:01
1.76
3. Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:53
Piano Sonata No.24 In F Sharp, Op.78 "For Therese"  
1.77
1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:05
1.78
2. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:02
Piano Sonata No.25 In G, Op.79  
1.79
1. Presto alla tedesca
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:11
1.80
2. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:41
1.81
3. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:06
Piano Sonata No.26 In E Flat, Op.81a "Les adieux"  
1.82
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
7:05
1.83
2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:57
1.84
3. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
4:21
Piano Sonata No.27 In E Minor, Op.90  
1.85
1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:18
1.86
2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:53
Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101  
1.87
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:33
1.88
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
5:52
1.89
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:32
1.90
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"  
1.91
1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:52
1.92
2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:44
1.93
3. Adagio sostenuto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
16:31
1.94
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
12:07
Piano Sonata No.30 In E Major, Op.109  
1.95
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
3:20
1.96
2. Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:28
1.97
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  
1.98
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
6:18
1.99
2. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
2:16
1.100
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  
1.101
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
8:58
1.102
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff
15:25
Digital Booklet
"... (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 – DG 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
Track title
Peak
(dB FS)
RMS
(dB FS)
LUFS
(integrated)
DR
Album average
Range of values
-4.16
-12.93 to -0.17
-27.43
-36.06 to -22.28
-23.47
-33.50 to -18.90
14
11 to 18
1
1. Allegro
-1.93-26.00-22.515
2
2. Adagio
-5.11-31.19-27.517
3
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
-3.69-26.57-22.614
4
4. Prestissimo
-1.89-24.16-20.614
5
1. Allegro vivace
-1.82-23.43-19.513
6
2. Largo appassionato
-4.61-30.22-26.117
7
3. Scherzo (Allegretto)
-2.94-25.49-21.914
8
4. Rondo (Grazioso)
-2.74-24.28-20.913
9
1. Allegro con brio
-3.88-24.72-21.013
10
2. Adagio
-3.89-31.61-27.617
11
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
-2.06-26.51-23.215
12
4. Allegro assai
-2.89-25.88-22.614
13
1. Allegro molto e con brio
-0.33-23.69-20.315
14
2. Largo, con gran espressione
-1.34-28.53-23.117
15
3. Allegro
-2.96-25.68-21.714
16
4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)
-1.23-24.76-20.915
17
1. Allegro molto e con brio
-3.43-26.30-22.314
18
2. Adagio molto
-5.52-32.97-28.517
19
3. Finale (Prestissimo)
-1.98-25.37-21.314
20
1. Allegro
-5.68-27.11-23.214
21
2. Allegretto
-3.96-30.30-26.315
22
3. Presto
-4.04-26.39-23.214
23
1. Presto
-2.70-25.43-21.415
24
2. Largo e mesto
-2.55-29.54-24.516
25
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
-6.13-28.34-24.213
26
4. Rondo (Allegro)
-4.03-25.57-20.713
27
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
-3.42-25.87-21.814
28
2. Adagio cantabile
-3.59-31.48-28.218
29
3. Rondo (Allegro)
-4.36-25.71-22.213
30
1. Allegro
-1.85-27.79-23.616
31
2. Allegretto
-5.31-30.03-26.115
32
3. Rondo (Allegro comodo)
-2.86-26.50-22.114
33
1. Allegro
-6.68-28.53-24.813
34
2. Andante
-2.04-30.54-26.716
35
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
-3.32-26.80-23.114
36
1. Allegro con brio
-0.82-22.50-19.114
37
2. Adagio con molto espressione
-3.96-28.97-25.014
38
3. Menuetto
-2.09-23.62-20.214
39
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
-2.12-23.88-20.314
40
1. Andante con variazioni
-5.12-29.41-26.015
41
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
-0.88-25.03-21.415
42
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
-1.15-25.67-21.116
43
4. Allegro
-1.97-26.24-23.015
44
1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I
-5.56-29.70-25.715
45
2. Allegro molto e vivace
-3.58-25.03-21.513
46
3. Adagio con espressione
-7.40-29.59-25.413
47
4. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto
-3.23-24.86-21.213
48
1. Adagio sostenuto
-10.84-36.06-33.515
49
2. Allegretto
-4.21-26.05-22.913
50
3. Presto agitato
-0.76-22.28-19.114
51
1. Allegro
-3.73-27.45-22.914
52
2. Andante
-5.42-28.90-24.414
53
3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
-4.48-28.75-24.616
54
4. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
-4.01-25.79-21.013
55
1. Allegro vivace
-2.98-27.16-23.115
56
2. Adagio grazioso
-7.88-31.95-27.915
57
3. Rondo (Allegretto)
-2.72-26.17-22.414
58
1. Largo - Allegro
-1.04-25.20-20.514
59
2. Adagio
-6.51-32.53-28.517
60
3. Allegretto
-0.63-24.47-21.314
61
1. Allegro
-3.52-28.46-24.915
62
2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)
-3.41-29.30-25.118
63
3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)
-4.84-29.99-26.216
64
4. Presto con fuoco
-2.90-24.16-20.613
65
1. Andante
-5.04-28.11-24.813
66
2. Rondo (Allegro)
-0.90-26.86-23.413
67
1. Allegro ma non troppo
-4.07-27.99-25.016
68
2. Tempo di Menuetto
-7.47-29.10-25.313
69
1. Allegro con brio
-1.39-24.85-20.814
70
2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
-8.76-33.01-27.314
71
3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)
-0.17-22.91-18.914
72
1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto
-2.92-26.94-22.314
73
2. Allegretto
-2.32-25.78-22.214
74
1. Allegro assai
-4.07-26.19-21.714
75
2. Andante con moto
-5.77-31.58-26.216
76
3. Allegro ma non troppo
-2.38-24.90-21.013
77
1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
-5.39-28.56-24.614
78
2. Allegro vivace
-3.22-26.48-22.212
79
1. Presto alla tedesca
-5.32-26.74-23.514
80
2. Andante
-12.93-34.75-31.413
81
3. Vivace
-6.77-28.08-24.713
82
1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
-4.24-29.00-24.615
83
2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
-6.71-32.20-27.915
84
3. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
-5.80-25.36-21.812
85
1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
-5.43-27.60-22.814
86
2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
-6.19-30.65-27.116
87
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
-6.55-31.94-27.316
88
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
-4.73-28.05-24.215
89
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
-5.70-32.44-26.814
90
4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)
-4.11-27.90-23.414
91
1. Allegro
-4.77-23.70-19.811
92
2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
-5.08-26.08-21.812
93
3. Adagio sostenuto
-6.20-31.53-26.915
94
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
-5.21-24.33-20.511
95
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
-6.94-27.47-23.613
96
2. Prestissimo
-6.06-24.26-20.011
97
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
-6.55-28.45-24.113
98
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
-8.77-29.79-26.213
99
2. Allegro molto
-5.82-24.30-20.811
100
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
-5.21-27.13-22.012
101
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
-4.58-23.51-19.311
102
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
-6.52-27.20-23.112

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