Monday, August 22, 2016

Wilhelm Kempff Plays Beethoven - The 32 Piano Sonatas (Mono)

Wilhelm Kempff was the most inspirational of Beethoven pianists. Those who have cherished his earlier stereo cycle for its magical spontaneity will find Kempff’s qualities even more intensely conveyed in this mono set, recorded between 1951 and 1956. Amazingly the sound has more body and warmth than the stereo, with Kempff’s unmatched transparency and clarity of articulation even more vividly caught, both in sparkling allegros and in deeply dedicated slow movements. If in places he’s even more personal, some might say wilful, regularly surprising you with a new revelation, the magnetism is even more intense, as in the great Adagio of the Hammerklavier or the final variations of Op. 111, at once more rapt and more impulsive, flowing more freely. The bonus disc, entitled ‘An All-Round Musician’, celebrates Kempff’s achievement in words and music, on the organ in Bach, on the piano in Brahms and Chopin as well as in a Bachian improvisation, all sounding exceptionally transparent and lyrical. Fascinatingly, his pre-war recordings of the Beethoven sonatas on 78s are represented too. Here we have his 1936 recording of the Pathétique, with the central Adagio markedly broader and more heavily pointed than in the mono LP version of 20 years later.

Source : http://www.gramophone.co.uk/editorial/beethovens-piano-sonatas

Wilhelm Kempff
Plays
Beethoven
(1770-1827)

The 32 Piano Sonatas
[Mono Recording, 1951-1956]

Tracks

Cd. 1

Piano Sonata n° 1 in F minor, Op. 2 n° 1
(1795)
1 I. Allegro  4:33
2 II. Adagio  4:41
3 III. Menuetto. Allegretto  3:02
4 IV. Prestissimo  5:23

Piano Sonata n° 2 in A major, Op. 2 n° 2
(1795)
1 I. Allegro vivace  5:32
2 II. Largo appassionato  7:02
3 III. Scherzo. Allegretto  3:17
4 IV. Rondo. Grazioso  6:30

Piano Sonata n° 4 in E-Flat major, Op. 7
(ca. 1796-97)
1 I. Allegro molto e con brio  8:42
2 II. Largo, con gran espressione  7:50
3 III. Allegro  5:19
4 IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso  7:14

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Cd. 2

Piano Sonata n° 3 in C major, Op. 2 n° 3
(1795)
1 I. Allegro con brio  7:40
2 II. Adagio  7:09
3 III. Scherzo. Allegro  2:46
4 IV. Allegro assai  5:14

Piano Sonata n° 5 in C minor, Op. 10 n° 1
(1796-98)
5 I. Allegro molto e con brio  6:09
6 II. Adagio molto  7:45
7 III. Finale. Prestissimo  3:58

Piano Sonata n° 6 in F major, Op. 10 n° 2
(1796-98)
8 I. Allegro  5:39
9 II. Allegretto  3:30
10 III. Presto  3:44

Piano Sonata n° 7 in D major, Op. 10 n° 3
(1796-98)
11 I. Presto  5:00
12 II. Largo e mesto  8:45
13 III. Menuetto. Allegro  2:51
14 IV. Rondo. Allegro  3:59

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Cd. 3

Piano Sonata n° 8 in C minor, Op.13
"Pathétique"
(1798-99)
1 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio  7:44
2 II. Adagio cantabile  4:05
3 III. Rondo. Allegro  4:33

Piano Sonata n° 9 in E major, Op. 14 n° 1
(ca. 1798-99)
4 I. Allegro  6:40
5 II. Allegretto  3:34
6 III. Rondo. Allegro commodo  3:37

Piano Sonata n° 10 in G major, Op. 14 n° 2
(ca. 1798-99)
7 I. Allegro  7:29
8 II. Andante  5:23
9 III. Scherzo. Allegro assai  3:18

Piano Sonata n° 11 in B-Flat, Op. 22
(1799-1800)
10 I. Allegro con brio  7:33
11 II. Adagio con molto espressione  7:37
12 III. Menuetto  3:09
13 IV. Rondo. Allegretto)  6:27

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Cd. 4

Piano Sonata n° 12 in A-Flat major, Op. 26
(1800-01)
1 I. Andante con variazioni  8:06
2 II. Scherzo. Allegro molto  2:50
3 III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe  5:31
4 IV. Allegro  3:07

Piano Sonata n° 13 in E-Flat major, Op. 27 n° 1
(1800-01)
5 I. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I - attaca  4:46
6 II. Allegro molto e vivace - attaca  2:18
7 III. Adagio con espressione - attaca  2:58
8 IV. Allegro vivace  5:48

Piano Sonata n° 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 n° 2
"Moonlight"
(1801)
9 I. Adagio sostenuto - attaca  6:20
10 II. Allegretto - attaca  2:19
11 III. Presto agitato  5:52

Piano Sonata n° 15 in D major, Op.28
"Pastorale"
(1801)
12 I. Allegro  7:28
13 II. Andante  6:37
14 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  2:27
15 IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo  5:00

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Cd. 5

Piano Sonata n° 16 in G major, Op. 31 n° 1
(1801-02)
1 I. Allegro vivace  4:53
2 II. Adagio grazioso  11:02
3 III. Rondo. Allegretto  6:23

Piano Sonata n° 17 in D minor, Op.31 n° 2
"The Tempest"
(1801-02)
4 I. Largo - Allegro  6:19
5 II. Adagio  7:21
6 III. Allegretto  7:06

Piano Sonata n° 18 in E-Flat major, Op. 31 n° 3
(1801-02)
7 I. Allegro  6:09
8 II. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace  5:07
9 III. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso  4:32
10 IV. Presto con fuoco  4:45

Piano Sonata n° 19 in G minor, Op. 49 n° 1
(1795-98 ?)
1 I. Andante  4:07
2 II. Rondo. Allegro  3:45

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Cd. 6

Piano Sonata n° 20 in G major, Op. 49 n° 2
(1795-96 ?)
1 I. Allegro, ma non troppo  4:37
2 II. Tempo di Menuetto  3:45

Piano Sonata n° 21 in C major, Op. 53
"Waldstein"
(1803-04)
3 I. Allegro con brio  8:25
4 II. Introduzione. Adagio molto - attacca  3:31
5 III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato  9:43

Piano Sonata n° 22 in F major, Op. 54
(1804)
6 I. In tempo d'un Menuetto  6:01
7 II. Allegretto  5:57

Piano Sonata n° 23 in F minor, Op. 57
"Appassionata"
(1804-05)
8 I. Allegro assai  9:43
9 II. Andante con moto - attacca  6:11
10 III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto  5:35

Piano Sonata n° 24 in F-Sharp major, Op. 78
(1809)
11 I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro, ma non troppo  4:59
12 II. Allegro vivace  2:49

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Cd. 7

Piano Sonata n° 25 in G major, Op. 79
(1809)
1 I. Presto alla tedesca  3:03
2 II. Andante  2:29
3 III. Vivace  1:52

Piano Sonata n° 26 in E-Flat major, Op. 81a
"Les Adieux"
(1809-10)
4 I. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux). Adagio - Allegro  6:51
5 II. Abwesenheit (L'Absence). Andante espressivo  3:01
6 III. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour). Vivacissimamente  4:08

Piano Sonata n° 27 in E minor, Op. 90
(1814)
7 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck  5:07
8 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen  8:07

Piano Sonata n° 29 in B-Flat major, Op.106
"Grosse Sonate für das Hammerklavier"
(1817-18)
9 I. Allegro  8:54
10 II. Scherzo. Assai vivace  2:41
11 III. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento  15:21
12 IV. Largo. Molto risoluto  11:47

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Cd. 8

Piano Sonata n° 28 in A major, Op. 101
(1816)
1 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung  3:35
Allegretto ma non troppo
2 II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig. Vivace alla marcia  5:41
3 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll  2:23
Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
4 IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit. Allegro  7:12

Piano Sonata n° 30 in E major, Op. 109
(1820)
5 I. Vivace, ma non troppo  3:14
6 II. Prestissimo  2:23
7 III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung  10:59
(Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat major, Op. 110
(1821)
8 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  6:04
9 II. Allegro molto  2:29
10 III. Adagio, ma non troppo - Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo  9:33

Piano Sonata n° 32 in C minor, Op. 111
(1821-22)
11 I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato  7:05
12 II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile  14:33

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Wilhelm Kempff - p

Recorded at Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany ; between September 20, 1951 & May 3,1956

See the complete artwork

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Cd. 9
[bonus]

Wilhelm Kempff
(1895-1991)

Ein Universalmusiker
Ann All-round Musician

1 Die Glocken der Weltfriedenskirche in Hiroshima  2:16
The Bells of the World Peace Church, Hiroshima

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

2 Ich rufe zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639  3:15
Orgelchoral aus dem Orgelbüchlein
Organ chorale from the Orgelbüchlein

Wilhelm Kempff

3 Ansprache anläßlich der Orgeleinwihung in der Weltfriedenkirche, Hiroshima  2:22
Adress given at the organ dedication in the World Peace Church, Hiroshima

Johann Sebastian Bach

4 Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden  3:06
Orgelchoral (N° 72 au der Matthäuspassion/from the
St. Matthew Passion)
Fassung/Version: Herzlig tut mir verlangen, BWV 727

Wilhelm Kempff
"Aus meinem Leben"  3:06
From From my Life

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5
6 III. Scherzo. Allegro energico  4:52

Wilhelm Kempff

7 "Über das Klavier und das Klavierspielen"  2:59
On the Piano and Piano-Playing

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 n° 3
[excerpt]
8 Allegretto  1:15

Johann Sebastian Bach

10 Es ist gewißlich an der Zeit BWV 307/  2:20
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein BWV 734
[Setting improvised by Wilhelm Kempff]

Wilhelm Kempff

11 "Über eine Beethoven-Interpretation"  1:42
On my Interpretation of Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 8 in C minor, Op.13
"Pathétique"
12 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio  7:37
13 II. Adagio cantabile  4:52
14 III. Rondo. Allegro  4:30

Wilhelm Kempff

Vier Lieder nach Gedichten von C. F. Meyer
Four Songs to Poems by C. F. Meyer
15 I. Liederseelen Op. 56 n° 1  3:01
16 II Alle Op. 56 n° 2  3:20
17 III. Der Gesang des Meeres Op. 56 n° 3  2:48
18 IV. In einer Sturmnacht Op. 55 n° 1  5:13

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Wilhelm Kempff - p
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - bar

Recorded at Wold Peace Church, Hiroshima ; November 1954 [# 1-4] ; Stuttgart ; September 1952 [# 5, 7-11] ; Beethoven-Saal, Hannover ; Mach 1958 [# 6] ; Berlin ; December 1936 ; Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin ; May 1964 [# 15-18]

7 comments:

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

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chuchuni said...

Many thanks for the hard work and the patience Mel!

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

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jm said...

Ah , Melanchthon, as it happens I was listening for the first time to the 1954 Bud Powell sides you recently added to my library (and now, in a small way, to my life) even as I found these Kempff sides. I have long wanted to discover what all the shouting about is vis a vis Kempff's Beethoven sonatas. (Recorded roughly contemporaneously with Bud: same world, do you think??) And now you have given me convenient opportunity to discover this. Thank you so very much.

Rodrigo Benites said...

Incredible collection, thanks for sharing an exquisite listening experience.
Thank You.