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    I love Schubert, and my appreciation for his music includes a few of his piano sonatas (B-flat major, G major, A minor, etc.) But I have not heard nearly all of his sonatas, and my library does not include a full set of them as of yet.

    Now, I'm sure that as with Beethoven, a full cycle by one pianist will surely not be able to capture all the beauty of every single sonata. But one can come close. So who has? What are some of the good cycles out there? Kempff I know is popular. I'm not familiar with his Schubert, but I love his Beethoven sonata cycle (the stereo). It looks like András Schiff has recorded the cycle. I love his recent Schubert sonatas on a period fortepiano, so maybe that is a contender.

    Richter has not recorded all of them, has he?

    Who are some other favorites?

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    I haven't heard the early ones. But I suspect they're fairly undistinguished juvenilia.
    Pleasant enough, no doubt, but it's unlikely that sonatas No 1-9 compare in any way with those numbered, say, No 14-21.
    The lack of full sets compared to the plethora recordings of 15-21 has got to tell you something...
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    Brendel is my favorite followed by Kempff and Richter.

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    I 'll go for Brendel, twice and Christian Zacharias .
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    Is this the Brendel cycle in question?

    https://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Musi...dp/B0042LJTQO/

    It's far from complete, but as another poster alluded to, it's more important that the sonatas included are performed well. I do have a newfound love for Brendel. I'll have to check this one out.

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    Any love for Paul Badura-Skoda? I see this set has garnered some high praise and seems fairly complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
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    Any love for Paul Badura-Skoda? I see this set has garnered some high praise and seems fairly complete.
    I haven't heard that earlier work but he recorded D960 played on a a Graf forte piano, a Steinway and a Bosendorfer in 2012. Its interesting to listen to the difference the instrument makes, I really like the Bosendorfer.

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    I would agree with Brendel being a good choice for Schubert, a few others would be Michelangeli, Uchida, Leonskaja, Lupu, O'Conor and Lugansky. I havewn't heard the Brendel cycle you posted, I would suggest his work on a regular piano rather than the Forte paino.

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    Full cycles rule out Richter, which is a shame, as he was a master at Schubert.

    Here is one:
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    As to worthwile Schubert collections, please also give Lupu a try:

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    Highly recommended!

    And to the last sonatas, Zimerman will give you a very refined reading:

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
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    Any love for Paul Badura-Skoda? I see this set has garnered some high praise and seems fairly complete.
    I haven't heard it, but I do like Badura-Skoda's recording on fortepiano:

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    I'm not a big fan of Brendel in general, but I do like his Schubert. Schiff's strikes me as altogether too tame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I love Schubert, and my appreciation for his music includes a few of his piano sonatas (B-flat major, G major, A minor, etc.) But I have not heard nearly all of his sonatas, and my library does not include a full set of them as of yet.

    Now, I'm sure that as with Beethoven, a full cycle by one pianist will surely not be able to capture all the beauty of every single sonata. But one can come close. So who has? What are some of the good cycles out there? Kempff I know is popular. I'm not familiar with his Schubert, but I love his Beethoven sonata cycle (the stereo). It looks like András Schiff has recorded the cycle. I love his recent Schubert sonatas on a period fortepiano, so maybe that is a contender.

    Richter has not recorded all of them, has he?

    Who are some other favorites?
    I can’t help you because most of the earlier sonatas haven’t captured my imagination enough to explore them, rightly or wrongly. But I thought I’d post to say I think you should explore Trudelies Leonhardt, see if she’s inherited her father’s genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I can’t help you because most of the earlier sonatas haven’t captured my imagination enough to explore them, rightly or wrongly. But I thought I’d post to say I think you should explore Trudelies Leonhardt, see if she’s inherited her father’s genius.
    Trudelies Leonhardt is Gustav Leonhardt's sister

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post
    Trudelies Leonhardt is Gustav Leonhardt's sister
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    Barenboim is another pianist who has done well with some of these sonatas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
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