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The Late Beethoven Sonatas: Pre-War 78-rpm Recordings

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  1. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78 "À Thérèse": I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 78 "À Thérèse": II. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les adieux": I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les adieux": II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat Major, Op. 81a "Les adieux": III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": II. Scherzo. Assai vivace - Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento
  11. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier": IV. Largo - Allegro - Allegro risoluto
  12. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto ma non troppo (Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Vivace alla marcia (Lebhaft. Marschmäßig) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Adagio, ma non troppo, con affetto (Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Allegro (Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: II. Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo (Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110: III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111: II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Wilhelm Kempff enjoyed a long career, and boasted an impressive catalog of LP recordings. Oftentimes, it is forgotten that he actually began his recording career during the 1920s in the acoustic period. During the pre-war period, Kempff recorded 24 of Beethoven's 32 sonatas on 78s, and he was one of the most recorded Beethoven pianists during that time. He made the first recordings of the Beethoven sonatas Op81a, Op90, and Op101, which are included in this set. Kempff is known for his poetic and lyrical playing, which is brilliantly captured in these recordings, largely due to the fact that editing was not available during this period. None of the recordings featured in this set are available elsewhere, and the Op90 and Op101 have never been reissued since their original release.



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