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  • Composer: BEETHOVEN
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: GRAMOLA
  • ASIN: B0000669UV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Die Klaviersonaten - Over 30 Tracks on 9 CDs - Ludwig van Beethoven

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2010
This is utterly terrific! I was very fortunate to pick up a second-hand copy of this 9-CD set in a bricks and mortar classial CD shop a short time ago (there are just a few left today, sadly) for a fair price. I have enjoyed Badura-Skoda's Arcana Schubert recodings on early keyboards very much and had the feeling that his Beethoven would be equally stimulating; my suspicion has been proved entirely correct and I'm pleased to say that this is fast becoming my personal reference recording.

These CDs were recorded in 1969-1970 and have been most sucessfully remastered for CD release (in 2002) by the always interesting Austrian Gramola label. As the other reviewer of this set correctly states, we have 9 CDs in a flimsy card slipcase; this does, however, give us the advantage of comprehensive and well-written notes in all of the booklets. Oddly, though, the German notes are seemingly written by Badura-Skoda himself, but the English by a Harry Halbreich. I'm not saying that Mr Halbreich has written other than excellent notes but I am curious as to why we don't have a translation of Badura-Skoda's?

Aside from the superlative pianism of Badura-Skoda, key to my enjoyment of this set is the piano used. It's a Bosendorfer Imperial, and it sounds "just right" in these works to me. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy recordings using the usual Steinway (or, especially, period keyyboard instruments), but the Bosendorfer has a very different, older sounding, tone and dynamic range which I feel more appropriate, somehow, to Beethoven's sonatas.

Badura-Skoda is a long-lived genius, having worked with Furtwangler and studied with Edwin Fischer just after WWII.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Topper on 29 Sept. 2010
Paul Badura Skoda plays a Bosendorfer which was a big selling point for me. I have a lot of complete sets of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. For comparison, I really like the second set by Kempff. I very much like the new (and very cheap set) by de Groot on Solal. I also enjoy the set performed by Aldo Ciccolini. I believe that I either have or have heard most all of the sets available on disc going all the way back to the first complete set on 78's (now reissued on cd)by Schnabel. I have sets as common as Ashkenasy and Barenboim (twice) and as rare as Kuerti and Lucchesini. I have to say that at times I enjoy the set. It has moments that are distinctive, but like with the Anne Fischer set, I am not sure that I like the sound of the Bosendorfer piano. I have to say that I really prefer the sound of Steinway pianos better. I am going to be auditioning a portion of the set (released in single discs) by Garrick Ohlssen on Bridge. Ohlssen recorded this set on a Bosendorfer. I have liked the snippets of sound featured on Amazon.

If you like the sound of Bosendorfer pianos, then you might really like this set. Badura-Skoda put out a set on individual discs on a fortepiano. The set came out on Astree. I have not heard it, but it would be interesting to give it a shot. I hope that Astree will be kind enough to reissue the set. I was able to get Badura-Skoda's complete set of Mozart Piano Sonatas on Naive and the Schubert Piano Sonatas on Arcana. I am afraid that they are going out of print. They seem to be less available now than they were even three months ago.

Lastly, I ordered this set from Amazon UK, but had the set shipped to the US. The set comes in an old style cube of plastic single disc jewel cases in a cardboard sleeve.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Authoritative readings, an artistic peak all the way through! 13 Aug. 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
In occasion of Beethoven's bicentennial, Badura Skoda decided to undertake the integral sonatas. Playing them on a Bossendorfer Imperial, his project ranged over three years (1969-1972).

In virtue of his multiple international compromises, he achieved with this set something truly remarkable; one of the most important musical documents about Beethoven piano music.

To make a whole account around the significance of the set would exceed these brief lines. The Sonatas Op. 31 No.1 and No. 2, his flaming performance of Appassionata, Waldstein, Op. 7, the 28th. the three last ones op. 109, 110 and 111 Patetique, The Op 1, Les adieux are performed with astounding vitality, steeled fingering, winged inspiration, sheer rapport and radiant splendor are some of the epithets I may cite to encourage you my respected reader to acquire this monumental set.

Believe me, since the immediate release of this transcendental set I didn't blink and I requested it. And the final outcome in what concerns the spiritual delight and Dionysian commitment will justify by far his acquisition.

I wouldn't hesitate to qualify this album as one of the five best recordings of that year.

Finally, you would never forget that in 1978 Badura-Skoda received deservedly the Bossendorfer ring, an honor that until that moment had been conceded it to another illustrious artist of the instrument. Wilhelm Backhaus.

Don't miss it. You have not excuse. It will always reward you.
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