Author Topic: The 32 Beethoven Sonatas - Compile Your Own Unique Set Using Your No. 1 Faves  (Read 11155 times)

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I'll flesh mine out a bit, listing my "top" five for each sonata.  (This list is of course subject to change.)


Gulda = Amadeo cycle unless noted
Fischer = Annie Fischer, Hungaroton cycle unless noted
Backhaus = Mono cycle unless noted
Kempff  = Mono cycle unless noted


2/1 – Fischer, Gulda, Pollini, Perahia, Schnabel

2/2 – Schnabel, Fischer, Gulda, Gulda (Orfeo), Hungerford

2/3 – Perahia, Fischer, Gulda, Backhaus, Brautigam

7 – Michelangeli (BBC Legends), Kempff, Hungerford, O’Conor, Backhaus

10/1 – Frank, Gulda, Fischer, O’Conor, Pollini

10/2 – Frank, Gulda, Fischer, Kovacevich, Pollini

10/3 – Kovacevich, Fischer, Frank, Gulda, Zacharias

13 – Serkin (1945), Serkin (1960s), Nat, Moravec, Schnabel

14/1 – Backhaus, Silverman, Gieseking (Tahra), Richter (BBC Legends), Nat

14/2 – Backhaus, Richter (BBC Legends), Willems, Pludermacher, Foldes

22 – Pommier, Michelangeli (Lugano, 1981), Heidsieck, Gulda, Brendel II

26 – Willems, Frank, Michelangeli (BBC Legends), Gulda, Silverman

27/1 – Lucchesini, Kempff, Gulda, Nakamichi, Levinas

27/2 – Backhaus, Arrau, Fischer (EMI, stereo), Gieseking (EMI), Firkusny

28 – Kempff (stereo), Kempff, Silverman, Levinas, Nakamichi

31/1 – Gulda, Frank, Kuerti, Sherman, Silverman

31/2 – Gulda, Backhaus (stereo), Backhaus, Nat, Fischer

31/3 – Gulda, Gieseking (Tahra), Fischer, Nat, Lucchesini

49/1,2 – Heidsieck, Kovacevich, O’Conor, Kempff, Lewis

53 – Gulda, Silverman, Gilels, Pollini (1997), Serkin

54 – Richter (RCA), Fischer, Kempff, Heidsieck, Ciani

57 – Fischer, Richter (RCA), Serkin (1947), Lipkin, Casadesus

78 – Backhaus (stereo), Silverman, O’Conor, Kempff, Lucchesini

79 – Backhaus (stereo), Lucchesini, Silverman, O’Conor, Kempff

81a – Serkin, Backhaus (stereo), Kempff, Lucchesini, Badura-Skoda (Gramola)

90 – Fischer, Kovacevich, Moravec, Lucchesini, Brendel II

101 – Schnabel, Kovacevich, Kempff, Barenboim III, Lipkin

106 – Pollini, Serkin, Fischer, Gulda, Frank
 
109 - Serkin, Gieseking (EMI), Brendel II, Kempff, Horszowski

110 - Gieseking (EMI), Fischer, Kempff, Silverman (Orpheum), Levinas

111 – Pollini, Serkin, Fischer, Sheppard, Silverman (Orpheum)

Todd, regarding Kovacevich, were you referring to the Philips or the EMI recordings?

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Todd, regarding Kovacevich, were you referring to the Philips or the EMI recordings?


EMI.  That list is thirteen years old and outdated.  I've added 50+ cycles to my collection since then, and I don't know how many single discs. 
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EMI.  That list is thirteen years old and outdated.  I've added 50+ cycles to my collection since then, and I don't know how many single discs.

Thanks Todd, would be interesting to see an updated version  :)