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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning playing, stunning recording!, 25 Jan. 2014
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This set of the Beethoven sonatas seems to be a very well-kept secret. It was recorded 1970-ish but sounds as fresh as a daisy - one of the few recordings of piano music which really could be a piano (in this case a Bosendorfer) in the living room. As a bonus you get two additional recordings of the Hammerklavier, one live and one played on a fortepiano (of the period).
I have listened to a great many recordings of the Beethoven sonatas - and have done for years. This set is truly magnificent and I could imagine (for the first time) listening to this one and giving the others away. Except no one set of performances can encompass everything there is in this music. What I cannot imagine is anyone listening to these cps and thinking they were not in the Beethoven equivalent of hog-heaven. Simply stunning, as performances and as recordings.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2014 10:16:19 GMT
I agree, I have this set in it's previous incarnation - wonderful!

Posted on 30 May 2015 16:06:19 BDT
Hywel James says:
Who says reviews on Amazon don't sell products?! I bought this set of Piano Sonatas on the strength of Peter Hemsworth's enthusiastic comments and, having listened to the recordings, I endorse everything he says. The performances throughout are wonderful and the recording quality is likewise terrific - beautifully balanced, full and well-focussed. Prior to this, I regret to say Paul Badura-Skoda was simply a name (three names?) to me. Now I realise what a fine musician he is.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2015 19:21:45 BDT
Thank you, Hywel. I wish I was on commission. I really love these recordings and was amazed that there were no other reviews. I am pleased that you like them too!

Peter
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