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 SURVEY

Some items
to consider


BRAHMS Complete Edition
58CD £95.22


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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Gerard Willems
1997 - 2000? - ABC

The piano used was an Australian Stuart & Sons which differs from a standard grand piano in a few salient points and promises, among other factors, greater dynamics and increased sustain. (And, Nigel Tufnel would exclaim: This piano's number of pedals goes to four!)

Availability - directly from Australia.

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

ABC


No


No


(Import)

Import

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Anne Øland
1995 - 2002? - T.I.M.

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

T.I.M.


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yes

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Stephen Kovacevich
1992 - 2003 - EMI

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

EMI


Yes


Yes


(Yes)

Yes

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David Allen Wehr
1998 - 2004 - Connoisseur Society

Piano used was a Yamaha CF111S.

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Connoisseur


Yes


1 - 2 - 3 - 4


1 - 2 - 3 - 4

1 - 2 - 3 - 4

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Andrea Lucchesini
1999? - 2004 - Stradivarius

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Stradivarius


(No)


(No)


No

No

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Seymour Lipkin
2002 - 2004 - Newport Classics

Recorded at the Curtis Institute where Lipkin is on the piano and chamber music faculty. (He also teaches at Juilliard.) The cycle is available on CD as three sets of three discs or on one CD ROM as mp3 which comes with the complete score, as well.

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Newport Classics

1 - 2 - 3
mp3

1 - 2 - 3
mp3

1 - 2 - 3
mp3

1 - 2 - 3
mp3

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Craig Sheppard
2003 - 2004 - Romeo Records

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Romeo Records


Yes


Yes


Yes

Yes

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Daniel Barenboim III
2005 - EMI (DVD)

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

EMI DVD


Yes


Yes


Yes

Yes

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Gerhard Oppitz
2004 - 2006 - Hänssler

Oppitz' Beethoven cycle flew under the radar, compared to those of Schiff and Lewis, but it is, along with those two, one of the most notable to have been produced in this decade. I've not come across anything fancy in this cycle, but some astonishingly fine playing.

Availability (previously in eight individual volumes, now also as a box):

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Hänssler


Yes
Box


Yes
Box


Yes
Box


Yes
Box

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Garrick Ohlsson
1992 - 2007 - Bridge (Arabesque)

Availability (in eight individual volumes):

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Bridge


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yes

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Idil Biret
1994 - 2005 - IBA

This sonata cycle is part of a Beethoven Edition that launched Idil Biret's own label, Idil Biret Archive. It's practically a sub-label of Naxos, the company that has brought her from relative obscurity to becoming a household name. The Beethoven Edition will include not only the sonatas and concertos but also Liszt's Symphony transcriptions which are being re-released on CD for the first time since Biret took them down on LP for EMI in the mid-eighties.

Availability:

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

IBA


Yes


Yes


Yes

Yes

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András Schiff
2004 - 2007 - ECM

Schiff used a Boesendorfer and a Steinway Grand for these recordings, taped live (except for the last three sonatas) and played in sequence.

Availability (in eight individual volumes):

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

ECM


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yes

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Paul Lewis
2004 - 2007 - Harmonia Mundi

Availability (in vour volumes):

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Harmonia Mundi


Yes


Yes


Yes


Yes

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Kun-Woo Paik
2005 - 2007 - Decca (Korea)

Perhaps Decca sent up a test-balloon in the West when they released one volume of this cycle world wide. After that it was back to releases for the Asian (Korean?) market only.

Availability of Sonatas 16-26 (complete set only in Asia):

Country / Label

USA

UK

France

Germany

Decca


Partial


Partial


Partial


Partial
Shoko Sugitani
???? - 2007? - IDC Classic

Not available as far as I know. (Volume 11 found on HMV.co.jp)
Daniela Varinska
???? - 2009? - Diskant

Available (9 of 11? volumes) from Slovakia or in Japan:
Ikuyo Nakamichi
2002? - BMG Japan

Ikuyo Nakamichi studied under Mitsuko Kinpara, Phyllis Rappaport (Michigan), Kazuhiko Nakajima and Prof. Klaus Schilde at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich on a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Cultural Affairs. In 1982 Nakamichi won first and the Masuzawa Prize at the 51st Annual Japan Music Competition.
Akiyoshi Sako
2003 - 2005 - Camerata

Available (partially?) from Japan.

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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