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    Question Beethoven piano sonata sets...How many do you own?

    Well, we just did this for the string quartets so I figured we'd do the sonatas too.
    It's the other magnificent group of works that I love.
    So, how many do you have?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Brendel (both Vox and Philips, second cycle), Annie Fischer, Yves Nat, William Kempff (mono). Plus a ton of incomplete sets by Schnabel, Solomon, Charles Rosen, and others I can't think of now.

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    Complete or almost-complete cycles and segments:

    Annie Fischer
    Ashkenazy (late)
    Bavouzet (all released so far)
    Brendel (original from Vox)
    Buchbinder
    Ciccolini
    Claude Frank
    Francois-Frederic Guy
    Geller (late)
    Gilels (missing those few he died before recording)
    Goode
    Goodyear
    Gould (all that he did that I know of)
    Grinberg
    Gulda
    Hamelin (late)
    Hungerford (all that he recorded before he was killed)
    Idil Biret
    Jando
    Kempff 1965
    Korstick
    Kovacevich
    Levit (late)
    Lewis
    Lim
    Lortie
    Nikolayeva 1984
    Pollini
    Schiff (my overall favorite)
    Schnabel
    Serkin (late)
    Taub
    Uchida (late)
    Yudina

    Many singletons and so forth. I know I’ve got some more floating around…


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    ^^^Wow, alphabetical order.
    Cool
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    As regards complete sets, a lot of variation in the style and playing, but it's a far from exhaustive collection:

    - Brendel, Vox (mostly uninteresting, IMO)
    - Annie Fischer
    - Goodyear
    - Gulda, Amadeo
    - Kempff, DG stereo
    - Korstick
    - Kuerti
    - Schnabel

    I skipped John Lill.

    But I also have many individual recordings. The 23rd Sonata is the one I have most of (32x).
    I don't plan getting any further, unless there's a rare/interesting item to be found occasionally.

    #3: Yudina only recorded a few. I have them too.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Apr-11-2019 at 08:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Hamelin (late)
    What's that?


    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Geller (late)
    What's that?
    Last edited by Mandryka; Apr-11-2019 at 08:22.

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    No complete set, I have them all, but with different pianists. Bought them all fairly soon after I had switched to classical music around 1986. Beethoven was my favourite composer for the first few years, and I wanted to get most of his works on CD. I like the sonatas, love a handful, but never had the urge to get more versions.
    I treat my music like I treat my pets. It’s something to own, care about and curate with attention to detail. From a blog by hjr.

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    Not as excited or indeed excitable about the piano sonatas. Not all 32 are absolute essentials as far as I am concerned, something you cannot say for the Symphonies or the Quartets.

    Complete sets:
    Claudio Arrau, plus a very nearly complete later set
    Maurizio Pollini
    Erik Heidsieck
    Daniel Barenboim (EMI)
    Wilhelm Kempff (stereo)
    Artur Schnabel
    Bernard Roberts

    And my go-to set: John Lill

    Lots of single CDs and twofers on top of those complete sets.

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    Complete sets:

    Schnabel
    Kempff 2

    Nearly complete:
    A Fischer
    Gould

    Others sonatas by
    Richter
    Kovacevich
    Pollini
    Gilels etc
    Last edited by DavidA; Apr-11-2019 at 09:33.

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    I only have the András Schiff set, everything else is individual recordings.
    "You should only listen to yourself. That’s your only job, really, as an artist. Even if you’re completely wrong, that’s what an artist does, listen to one’s self."

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    Maybe I'm the part-pooper here since I have none...They are so noisy

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    I own Kempff's later set and Schnabel's. Damn! I need to catch up. Though between the two I am not left wanting anything.

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    Off the top of my head:

    Kovacevich
    Kempff x 2
    Gulda x 2
    Buchbinder x 2
    Brendel x 3
    Arrau
    Korstick
    Goodyear
    Guy
    Heidsieck
    Schnabel
    Annie Fischer
    Kuerti
    Schiff
    Frank
    Ashkenazy
    Brautigam
    Takacs
    Lucchesini
    Barenboim (EMI)
    Nat
    Last edited by wkasimer; Apr-12-2019 at 02:11.

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    Complete or nearly complete collections
    Arrau
    Barenboim
    Brendel
    Fischer
    Kovacevich
    Kodama
    Lewis
    Lim

    And of course many individual recordings which I listen to just as much.

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    Arrau (2)
    Ashkenazy
    Backhaus (the mostly-stereo set)
    Barenboim (2 - EMI and DG)
    Binns
    Brautigam
    Buchbinbder (2)
    Brendel (3)
    Fischer
    Gilels
    Gulda (2)
    Heidsek
    Kempff (2)
    Kovacevich
    Lewis
    Schnabel (Naxos and most-recent Warner box)

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