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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3760 on: October 31, 2017, 11:33:25 AM »
I'm not kidding, it arrived several hours after my email. If I had gotten a three paragraph reply 10 milliseconds after hitting send I would know that no human had seen it.  :)

I didn't think you were kidding... I just found the way you described it funny (in a positive way). :)
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3761 on: November 01, 2017, 05:38:28 AM »
Unexpectedly, I heard back from the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.  I explained that I was on a mission to collect all Beethoven piano sonata cycles, and that I needed some clarification as to how many times PBS recorded the cycle.  The reply from the administrator of BPSE (I excluded her name) more or less referenced the PBS web-site.  This sort of makes me conclude that PBS recorded two cycles only, which I already own.  Hopefully, DG will respond and offer definitive information regarding whether a Westminster set exists.


Hi Todd,

Thanks for your message. I believe the Intercord (12 LP) and the Gramola cycles are not the same. The first set is recorded in 1955 and the latter is recorded in 1969/70. And it seems Badura-Skoda recorded only separate sonatas for the Westminster Label.

You will find his discog of Beethoven recordings here. Hope this helps and good luck with your mission!

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3762 on: November 01, 2017, 07:39:23 AM »


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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3763 on: November 01, 2017, 10:07:57 AM »
Unexpectedly, I heard back from the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.  I explained that I was on a mission to collect all Beethoven piano sonata cycles, and that I needed some clarification as to how many times PBS recorded the cycle.  The reply from the administrator of BPSE (I excluded her name) more or less referenced the PBS web-site.  This sort of makes me conclude that PBS recorded two cycles only, which I already own.  Hopefully, DG will respond and offer definitive information regarding whether a Westminster set exists.


Hi Todd,

Thanks for your message. I believe the Intercord (12 LP) and the Gramola cycles are not the same. The first set is recorded in 1955 and the latter is recorded in 1969/70. And it seems Badura-Skoda recorded only separate sonatas for the Westminster Label.

You will find his discog of Beethoven recordings here. Hope this helps and good luck with your mission!

Best,


Hmm.. we know this is false, because the head of Gramola told me that Gramola re-issued the Intercord cycle which was recorded at Vienna's Konzerthaus in 1970. This leaves the idea of a complete 1955 PBS cycle mysterious. I hope my interview sessions pan out (he's battling pancreatic cancer and the chemo's gotten him down); might be the only (or at least most realistic) chance to solve the mystery. ("The Case of the Missing Beethoven Sonatas"... Where was Mr. Doyle, when we needed him?)

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3764 on: November 01, 2017, 02:15:37 PM »
I hope my interview sessions pan out (he's battling pancreatic cancer and the chemo's gotten him down); might be the only (or at least most realistic) chance to solve the mystery.

Seems like a moot point if they weren’t issued on vinyl and the tapes are not in UMG’s archives.

Pancreatic cancer. Not good. If you do talk to him, pass on some good wishes from GMG.

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3765 on: November 06, 2017, 11:06:21 AM »
I actually heard back from DG:


We have not forgotten you ... but processing your request (#<redacted>) is still taking some time.

If you have any further comments on your request, please reply to this e-mail.

Best regards
Your Universal Music Team



Maybe I'll get some definitive info, after all.
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3766 on: November 10, 2017, 08:39:02 AM »
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Jean Muller's cycle is being reissued as a super-budget box.  Peter Roesel's cycle is being reissued as a super-premium UHQCD set, too.
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3767 on: November 10, 2017, 02:11:52 PM »
I had a dream that I was chatting with Badura Skoda and we got on very well. When I launched into the Beethoven cycle question, he started laughing (sort of as though he'd heard that one a gazillion times before)... but I pulled through with my whole question all the same.

Unfortunately, in my dream he didn't answer the question or if he did, I don't recall. Then again, it still wouldn't be helpful, since it was only a dream, I suppose.  ;D

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #3768 on: November 15, 2017, 09:15:05 PM »
I have a minor obsession with Paul Badura-Skoda recordings, a minor obsession with Beethoven Piano Sonata cycles, a minor obsession with obscure mono recordings and a minor obsession with the Westminster record label. Minor obsession to the forth power equals major obsession for this hypothesized PBD mono piano sonata cycle recorded in '53-55 on Westminster.

Having no faith that the DGG people could find it even if it existed, I tried another tack. I obtained the Schwann catalog of long playing records from November 1956 and from June 1960.



This would allow me to find all PBS recordings available in the U.S. at these two dates. By tabulating recordings from both dates I hoped to avoid missing albums which had not yet been released in 1956, and which might have gone out of print by 1960.

Alas, this is all I found:

Westminster 18274: Sonatas 8, 14, 23
Westminster 18210: Sonatas 15, 17
Westminster 18617: Sonatas 28, 30

The first two appeared in both catalogs, the last only appeared in the 1960 catalog. Incidentally, Westminster recorded made more Beethoven sonatas with other pianists, including Applebaum, Barenboim, Lewenthal, Lateiner and Petri, but did not have complete coverage of the cycle

Of course, this does not prove there is no PBS mono cycle, it merely fails to prove there is a PBS mono cycle. It is possible that other recordings were made but were not offered for sale in the U.S. and therefore didn't appear in the Schwann catalog.
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