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ONLY FOR THE CONNOISSEUR,
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This review is from: Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Audio CD)
I was more than a little disappointed with this recording. This is nothing to do with Kempff's playing - you either like him or you don't. It's the sound quality that lets down this project of bringing back to the market a series of recordings that are described on the box as "legendary". Alas, the sound is so variable as to make it virtually impossible to set a satisfactory level on the volume control with the result that one is constantly fiddling with the controls to smooth over the remarkable variations in the audibility of his playing. Obviously it would be naive to expect mono recordings that are over 60 years old to sound the same as modern recordings, and one is prepared to make allowances, but this is the worst example of its kind I have come across. Accordingly I think this box set is really one for the connoisseurs, by which I mean either those who worship Kempff, or those who are simply fascinated with the history of bringing the complete Beethoven 32 to disc.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2012 14:26:47 GMT
A rather worrying review. Surely it shouldn't be too much to expect a re-release to offer consistent levels these days? Not clear though whether the levels problem is between different sonatas (a bit irritating but bearable) or within the same sonata or movement - changing levels within the same work isn't acceptable. I don't remember any levels issues in relation to the earlier DG reissue of Kempff's Beethoven sonatas (the mono set).
Posted on 18 Feb 2013 22:27:04 GMT
Marquis De Sade says:
If you buy the original DG set, which is bit expensive, than you get the clear and sharp
mono audio (which is considered better than the stereo release a decade later) Trust me,
the sound on the DG set is wonderful!
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