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  Classical Editor Rob Barnett    



 SURVEY

Some items
to consider


Shostakovich 14 Petrenko


Rachmaninov #3
Prokofiev #2

 


Dunedin Consort

Peter Grimes

Hymn of Jesus: Sea Drift

Complete Mozart Edition
Mozart complete edition

Vaughan Williams Symphonies 5 & 8 £11

Weiner, Klepper, Bloch, Schulhoff £12 post free


Available again

Experience Classicsonline


Recordings of Beethoven Piano Cycles
prepared by Jens Laurson

 

Part 1
30s, 40s & 50s
Part 2
60s
Part 3
70s & 80s
Part 4
90s
Part 5
00s


This survey is meant to list all complete sets of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas and their availability in different markets, not to review them. 

For those of you wanting to let me know about series that I have apparently missed, please wait for my last instalment.


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Ian Hobson
1992 - 1996 - Zephyr

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Zephyr


Yes


(Yes)


(Yes)

Yes

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Alfredo Perl
1992- 1996 - Oehms Classics

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Oehms


(Yes)


Yes


No

Yes

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Alfred Brendel III
1992 - 1996 - Philips (digital)

This cycle dominated the digital age and contributed in good part to Brendel being the face of Beethoven for so many listeners.

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Philips


Yes


(Yes)


(Yes)

(Yes)

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Malcom Bilson & Students
199? - 1996 - Claves

Played by Bilson and six students of his, on nine different fortepianos from around the time of the composition dates of the respective sonatas.

Availability (other than directly from Claves):

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Claves


No


(Yes)


No

(Yes)

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Michael Houstoun
1994 - 1996 - Morrison Music Trust


Kiwi-Beethoven on a Steinway D. Still available in four volumes from the Music Trust itself and sources in New Zealand (Triton Music Ltd.) Available internationally through digital distribution via iTunes music store, emusic.com and the Naxos digital music library.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Trust CDs


No


No


No

No



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Jean-Bernard Pommier
1991 - 1997 - Erato

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Erato


Partly & Used


Yes


(Yes)

Yes

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Russell Sherman
1993 - 1997 - GM Recordings


Availability: Most of the five volumes are still available; the complete set isn't. Available used or imported outside the US.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

GM R


1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5


1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5


1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5


1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5

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Robert Taub
1994 - 1997 - Vox

Availability: In five volumes, spottily available. Volume four seems completely oop.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Vox


partly


1 - 2 - 3
4 - 5


No

No




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Georges Pludermacher
1998 - Transart live

Live recordings from the National Music Conservatory Reims on a Steinway with a fourth, "harmonic", pedal.

Availability: Pricey on CDs but incredibly cheap ($16 for the 10 CD set) as mp3 downloads.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Transart


Yes
mp3


Yes


Yes

Yes

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Aldo Ciccolini
1985 - 1999 - Bongiovanni

Availability: Looks like it has already been discontinued outside Germany and France, just two years after re-issue.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Thorofon


No


No


Yes

Yes

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Gotthard Kladetzky
19?? - 1998 - Koch Schwann

Only in the UK do seem (some of) the individual volumes still available on the used CD market.

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André DeGroote
1998 - Naxos (BeNeLux), Solal

Availability: Originally recorded (at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire) for Naxos, but deleted when they closed their Benelux branch. Just now re-issued by Solal.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Solal


No


No


Yes

Yes

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Yukio Yokoyama
1998- 1999 - Sony (Japan)

Availability: Made for--and sold on--the Japanese market. Available used and as imports, though.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Sony


(Yes)


(Yes)


(Yes)

Yes
 

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Robert Silverman
1999 - Orpheum Masters

Recorded 'into' and then reproduced from a Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano. Read about the process here.

No longer available.
Kazune Shimizu
1995 - 1997 - Sony (Japan)

Live recordings.

Out of print as a set with individual copies hard to find at HMV.co.jp. (Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6)
Takahiro Sonoda II
1993 - 1996- Evica

Available in 12 individual volumes from Japan


>>> Part 5: 2000s

This survey was originally published on the Ionarts blog.

If you have additional information about recording dates, availability, cover art -- or corrections and additions -- your input is much appreciated.

 


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