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2.0 out of 5 stars Classic set marred by appalling and variable recorded sound!, 1 Dec 2012
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I totally agree with the previous reviewers. I bought this set on release earlier this year as I didn't want the outlay of the DG set. Big mistake. The first disc sounded very clear. Excellent mono sound, beautifully engineered. Successive discs had very poor fluttery sound. I should have returned these to Regis (usually so good with their remastering). Like the earlier reviewer I believe these were digitally recorded from poor LP sources. The DG set probably emanates from the 1950's master tapes. The performances are wonderful. Kempff was a master pianist and his Beethoven was inspirational (though heresy, I prefer Brendel and even the earlier Barenboim for some of the sonatas). Whatever you do don't waste your money on this set and either obtain the DG one or even the later stereo Kempff set ( not as exciting as the 1950's one I agree but not in bad sound).
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2013 18:29:52 GMT
Sadly I did waste my money on this set. Wish I'd seen your review first. The performances are so electrifying that I shall buy the DG set, but much of the remastering is just awful.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 09:52:50 GMT
I am sorry to learn that you bought the set without seeing the review first. I am surprised both that Regis have issued the set with such poor remastering and that Naxos have not issued a better remastered set. The playing is wonderful. I too will look to buy the DG set.
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