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WILHELM KEMPFF Beethoven - The complete wartime sonata recordings

APR7403
4CDs
COMPACT DISC 1 (70’52) 
1. Piano Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 2 No 2 recorded on 29 February 1940   
5. Piano Sonata No 9 in E major Op 14 No 1 recorded on 13 & 15 march 1940  
8. Piano Sonata No 10 in E major, Op 14 No 2 recorded on 15 March 1940  
11. Piano Sonata No 11 in B flat major, Op 22 recorded on 15 March 1940 
COMPACT DISC 2 (75’20) 
1. Piano Sonata No 4 in E flat major, Op 7 recorded on 13 March 1940  
5. Piano Sonata No 5 in C minor, Op 10 No 1 recorded on 13 March 1940 
8. Piano Sonata No 6 in F major, Op 10 No 2 recorded on 13 March 1940 
11. Piano Sonata No 7 in D major, Op 10 No 3 recorded on 13 March 1940 
COMPACT DISC 3 (74’32) 
1. Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor 'Pathétique', Op 13 recorded on 13 March 1940 
4. Piano Sonata No 12 in A flat major, Op 26 recorded on 21 March 1940 
8. Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2 recorded on 8 May 1941 
11. Piano Sonata No 21 in C major 'Waldstein', Op 53 recorded on 11 & 16 June 1943 
COMPACT DISC 4 (78’22) 
1. Piano Sonata No 13 in E flat major, Op 27 No 1 recorded on 8 May 1941 
5. Piano Sonata No 15 in D major 'Pastoral', Op 28 recorded on 8 May 1941  
9. Piano Sonata No 18 in E flat major, Op 31 No 3 recorded on 21 June 1943 
13. Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor 'Appassionata', Op 57 recorded on 7 & 21 June 1943

This important set contains the sixteen Beethoven sonatas that Wilhelm Kempff recorded for Grammophon in Germany between 1940 and 1943. Several are reissued here for the first time since their original release on 78rpm discs and none are currently available elsewhere. The sound is excellent for the period and all reveal the young Kempff at his best, in performances that compliment his later thoughts. The release is the companion of two previous APR releases of early Kempff Beethoven recordings – the late sonatas (APR6018) and piano concertos 1, 3, 4 & 5 (APR6019), both of which received excellent reviews and were amongst APR’s best sellers.
APR7403