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#917164 - 02/16/08 05:37 PM BEETHOVEN SONATA CD BOX SET
Concerto40 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/07
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Ok...what do you think:

a. John O'Conor
b. Vladimir Ashkenazy
c. Wilhelm Kempff

They all sound pretty good...any recommendations?


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#917165 - 02/20/08 01:12 PM Re: BEETHOVEN SONATA CD BOX SET
bukopaudan Offline
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Hm...hard to say, they all sound pretty good, indeed! I would go for Kempff or Ashkenazy. They're the only two I've heard of, but then again, I'm not well-versed in the world of listening to professionals play piano. I only play piano myself. I only know these professional players slightly and by name, but when I listen, I like pianists based on what I can see when my eyes are closed and I'm listening.

Good luck and congrats on getting that Box Set! I'm jealous!
"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." -Leonard Bernstein

#917166 - 02/21/08 10:55 AM Re: BEETHOVEN SONATA CD BOX SET
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Absolutely no contest among the 3 sets you mention. It has to be Kempff. I think there are 2 sets (possibly more) available on DG, the best one being mono recordings from the 50's. A more than acceptable alternative is the set that Barenboim made for EMI in the late 60's/early 70's currently available here in the UK as a 10 disc set at a stupidly low price. Exceptional musicianship from both.


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