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  • Audio CD (13 Nov. 1995)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000012XC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 1. Allegro 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 - 2. Adagio 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 1. Allegro molto e con brio 8:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 - 4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso) 7:11£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 1. Allegro con brio 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 - 2. Adagio 7:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 - 1. Allegro molto e con brio 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 - 1. Allegro 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 1. Presto 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
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13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 - 4. Rondo (Allegro) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio 7:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" - 2. Adagio cantabile 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 1. Allegro 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 - 2. Allegretto 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 1. Allegro 7:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 2. Andante 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai) 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 1. Allegro con brio 7:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 2. Adagio con molto espressione 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 3. Menuetto 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 - 4. Rondo (Allegretto) 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 1. Andante con variazioni 8:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto) 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 - 3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -"Moonlight" - 1. Adagio sostenuto 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 1. Allegro 7:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 2. Andante 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
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15. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -"Pastorale" - 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo) 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 1. Allegro vivace 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 - 2. Adagio grazioso11:02Album Only
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  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -"Tempest" - 1. Largo - Allegro 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -"The Hunt" - 1. Allegro 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 1. Andante 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 2. Tempo di Menuetto 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 1. Allegro con brio 8:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein" - 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo) 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assai 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con moto 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 "For Therese" - 1. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 1. Presto alla tedesca 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 2. Andante 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 - 3. Vivace 1:52£0.39  Buy MP3 
  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux" - 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro) 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 - 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 - 2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen 8:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 1. Allegro 8:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 3. Adagio sostenuto15:19Album Only
12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -"Hammerklavier" - 4. Largo - Allegro risoluto11:47Album Only


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  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 - 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)14:33Album Only

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 July 2013
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This set of the sonatas dates from the early 1950's and is in mono. This compares with the later stereo remake made in the 1960's. That later set has marginally less spontaneous playing in several of the sonatas and the sound is not really an improvement over the mono set which is remarkably good and certainly capable of delivering musical satisfaction without undue compromise. Indeed, it is arguable that the piano sound is preferable.

The performances themselves are very similar. Having owned both sets for many years, I have steadily developed a preference for this earlier set, fine though the later set undoubtedly is. Kempff plays in such a way as to make one unaware of an 'interpreter' in any interventionist sense of the word. Rather, he seems to simply play the music as it is - in other words, as Beethoven wrote it. This is not as easy as it seems, otherwise there would be countless others to choose from at this level. Nor is it possible to be absolutely sure of what Beethoven intended, especially bearing in mind the developments in piano manufacture since then. However, the illusion remains and seems valid at the time of listening.

To expand a little, it is possible to make some generalisations about Kempff's approach to these works. Firstly he works on a relatively limited range of dynamics and tempo, avoiding the extremes of expression and keeping within the tonal limitations of his piano and the bounds of the generally perceived realms of the Classical period. At no time will the speed of a Richter, the power of an Ashkenazy or the percussive aggression of a Kovacevich be heard. The sense of restrained proportion of a Gilels is closer to Kempff but without the power.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S.W.G.C. on 28 July 2010
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I recently added the latest Paul Lewis complete set to my collection of complete Beethoven Sonatas, which also includes complete sets by Schnabel,Claudio Arrau and Barenboim. Art may indeed be long but life however is definitely too short, so which version do I find myself returning to again and again? This one, for it is as if Beethoven himself were standing in the very room.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Curtis on 2 Jun. 2002
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This is strong and steady playing in what is rightly regarded as one of the premier interpretations of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. More intense and exciting versions of the best-known sonatas can be found elsewhere (the Appassionata is a little too controlled), but as a complete set, this has no equal.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hulley on 2 April 2007
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These recordings by Kempff are absolutely essential listening. They bring out the beauty in Beethoven which many pianists simply pass over: this is particularly true in the early sonatas. You may already own a number of different versions of these sonatas but these interpretations are not to be missed!
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Thought I was buying these to fill a gap and found a gem. You can't say, I believe, who is the best Beethoven interpreter in this remarkable gift to humanity which is the Beethoven sonatas but Kempff is fresh, with deep insight and quite simply some of the readings are the best I have ever heard. Don't worry about the mono recording, it is clear and warm.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chiara Mattei Scarpaccini on 20 Feb. 2010
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There was nothing I wanted to know before I ordered because all I wanted was Kempff playing.I love Beethoven and Kempff which I heard live very many times.His daughter living in Perugia made him come and play almost every year also in the later performing years.
I have other pianists'recordings of the 32 sonatas and what I like of Kempff's is the sort of -if I can call it this way-dreamy and serene athosphere he creates.Beside the technical perfection that comes so natural that one sort of does not notice.
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