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These are Kempff's mono recordings from 1951-56. The quality of sound superb. I find them more dynamic and colorful than his later 1960's era stereo recordings. I have collections from Kovacevich, Brendel, and others. This is the best sonata cycle. Kovacevich on Phillips is the way to go if you want the concertos and other assorted pieces.

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Genre: Classical

Wilhelm Walter Friedrich Kempff was born in Jüterbog, Germany, on November 25, 1895. His father, also named Wilhelm Kempff, fame from a line of respected church organists, and first taught his son music and keyboard playing. Young Wilhelm had lessons with Ida Schmidt-Schlesike, then entered the Berlin Hochschule für Musik at the age of nine, to study composition with Robert Kahn and piano with Heinrich Barth. In 1914 he went to study at the Viktoriagymnasium in Potsdam, then returned to Berlin to...
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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas (Complete Beethoven Edition, Vol. 5), Wilhelm Kempff
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 03, 1997

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