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Offline Josquin des Prez

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #800 on: April 05, 2011, 02:51:05 AM »
I heard that the best transfer of Schnabel is on Pearl. Hard to find and mighty expensive, so i never got my hands on one.

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #801 on: April 05, 2011, 02:37:30 PM »
It depends on the transfer man. I have some Pearl sets that sound like no noise reduction at all was done. With the Schnabel recordings, that would make them pretty much unlistenable.

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #802 on: April 05, 2011, 02:42:54 PM »
It depends on the transfer man. I have some Pearl sets that sound like no noise reduction at all was done. With the Schnabel recordings, that would make them pretty much unlistenable.

Indeed they are. They gave me headaches until Naxos saved the day.
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #803 on: April 11, 2011, 12:20:47 AM »
I've read some rave reviews of his Beethoven Sonata recordings. Before I buy them - they are very expensive - I'd like to ask for further advice. Anyone listened to these? Thanks!

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« Reply #804 on: April 11, 2011, 04:16:12 PM »
I have Vol 1 and like it very much. He's a powerful player but not a pounder. The multi-channel SACD audio is great, too. Here's a review:
http://www.audaud.com/article.php?ArticleID=5228

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« Reply #805 on: April 14, 2011, 10:52:04 AM »
I have Vol 1 and like it very much. He's a powerful player but not a pounder. The multi-channel SACD audio is great, too. Here's a review:
http://www.audaud.com/article.php?ArticleID=5228

Thanks very much!

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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #806 on: April 25, 2011, 12:46:28 PM »
Maybe it's no worth to renew a discussion over such a little thing, but I feel I must stand up for the Pearl transfer...
It has good sound quality and continuous hiss, yes, but I think unlistenable is an extreme word to describe them. This one is my personal preference; much better than EMI, and maybe even outdoes Naxos.

@bigshot
what was the basis of your transfer?
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« Reply #807 on: April 25, 2011, 03:57:59 PM »
Maybe it's no worth to renew a discussion over such a little thing, but I feel I must stand up for the Pearl transfer...
It has good sound quality and continuous hiss, yes, but I think unlistenable is an extreme word to describe them.

I imagine someone who found them listenable would object to someone else calling them unlistenable. Personally, they cause me physical pain to listen to them, that's why I call them unlistenable.  :-\
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #808 on: June 28, 2011, 09:53:02 AM »



Looks like Rudolf Buchbinder's cycle has been reissued at a budget price.  Perhaps I'll get it.
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #809 on: June 28, 2011, 10:07:17 AM »



Looks like Rudolf Buchbinder's cycle has been reissued at a budget price.  Perhaps I'll get it.

It is a new recording, a live recording. I have ordered it already and expect to receive it witin a week or so.
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« Reply #810 on: June 28, 2011, 10:08:44 AM »
Re Todd:

That's like saying perhaps the sun will rise again.  ;D
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #811 on: June 28, 2011, 10:11:28 AM »
It is a new recording, a live recording.


Hmm, a new cycle.  Good thing I already ordered it.  Now I have to wait a whole month until the next brand new cycle, by Peter Takacs, is released.
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« Reply #812 on: June 28, 2011, 12:05:01 PM »

Hmm, a new cycle.  Good thing I already ordered it.  Now I have to wait a whole month until the next brand new cycle, by Peter Takacs, is released.

How many cycles do you own?
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« Reply #813 on: June 28, 2011, 12:37:18 PM »
How many cycles do you own?


At least one less than I need.

The Buchbinder will make it 62.  I think.  (It may be only 61 - I'll have to recount.) 
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #814 on: June 28, 2011, 09:44:31 PM »
The Buchbinder will make it 62.  I think.  (It may be only 61 - I'll have to recount.)

What about the Gilels cycle and the second Backhaus cycle (missing the Hammerklavier), or the late Arrau cycle (missing the Hammerklavier as well as the Mondschein)? Or do you only include strictly complete cycles in your count?
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #815 on: June 29, 2011, 02:19:35 AM »
@Todd
would you be disposed to share the cycles you own? I also have some (rare ones, too) but I would be happy to have some tips what to buy next.


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« Reply #817 on: June 29, 2011, 05:10:50 AM »
That is a pretty good list Jens, with some interesting, insightful comments.  Thanks for sharing that list.  Also good to see more praise for Gulda. :)

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« Reply #818 on: June 29, 2011, 05:11:36 AM »
That is a pretty good list Jens, with some interesting, insightful comments.  Thanks for sharing that list.  Also good to see more praise for Gulda. :)

Gulda's the man!  8)
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Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Reply #819 on: June 29, 2011, 05:16:34 AM »