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    Cool Which complete Beethoven piano sonata sets do you have?

    Since i have gotten heavily into them lately i was wondering how many complete sets of these you have?
    So, how many do you have and which ones?
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    I have two. Both of which I think you already have. Louis Lortie, and Stephen Kovacevich. I prefer the Lortie which has uniformly better sound throughout.
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    I have Jando, Pollini, Taub, Badura-Skoda, Kempff and everything Hungerford did.
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    Arrau
    Brendel
    Kempff
    Barenboim
    Gilels
    Kodama
    Goode
    Pollini
    Last edited by Jokke; May-31-2020 at 07:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Since i have gotten heavily into them lately i was wondering how many complete sets of these you have?
    So, how many do you have and which ones?
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    Quite a lot. Haven't counted recently. Own most of the important sets.

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    Complete I only have the Pollini and then lost of bits and pieces from all major (past and present pianists).

    I have been considering getting one of the latest modern cycles from either Igor Levitt or Michael Korstick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The3Bs View Post
    I have been considering getting one of the latest modern cycles from either Igor Levitt or Michael Korstick...
    Both are rather straight forward perfectionists.

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    Kempff (1970s)

    Schnabel

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    Most recently, I like the Andras Schiff ECM New Series sonatas. Annie Fischer, Pollini, Brendel. Of the younger generation of pianists I like F.F. Guy and Jonathan Biss.
    Last edited by SanAntone; May-31-2020 at 13:19.

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    Barenboim
    Fischer
    Kodama
    Kovacevich
    Levit
    Lim

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    Brendel (Philips analog)
    Goode
    Annie Fischer
    Kempff (stereo)
    Arrau

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    Quote Originally Posted by The3Bs View Post
    Complete I only have the Pollini and then lost of bits and pieces from all major (past and present pianists).

    I have been considering getting one of the latest modern cycles from either Igor Levitt or Michael Korstick...
    In my experience Levit tends to be overpraised. Many rate him highly and I'm quite prepared to believe I'm missing something, but his performances just don't hit the spot for me.

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    Yeah mostofA Fischer’s as well

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    As a complete set, I have only the Kempff (as part of the big Beethoven set on DG). I have a 2 CD set of "Favorite Sonatas" by Brendel.

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    Daniel Barenboim (Twice)
    Igor Levit
    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    Maurizio Pollini
    Alfred Brendel(Twice )
    Jonathan Biss

    This from the top of my head.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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