HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

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A very great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
The most important thing first: forget all you know, or thought to know, about the LvB-Piano Sonatas and how they have to be performed. This set by Brendel beats everything’s existing in the music world. Thank you very much, my friend Jean-Luc, to heve resurrect in me the love for Brendel…and of course for this greatest treasury of mankind!
To me, anyways, this is
an awesome collection of all of Beethoven’s Sonatas! I’m sure there are other sets out there, but to me, I think I could settle with this one for the rest of my life. The skill, technique and emotion Alfred Brendel puts into each of these pieces convey his love for these pieces. I think this is one Beethoven himself would be well pleased with. He doesn’t overdo it either. I own some great sets to, but Brendel is something very special. The whole collection for the most part just sounds natural and clean….this is an excellent way for beginners and those well acquainted with these works to enjoy these masterpieces for years to come. If you love piano music…Beethoven in particular, go for it!

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Vinyl 1978
Number of discs: 13
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 2.64 GB + 12.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

There’s no denying that Alfred Brendel is one of the most esteemed pianists of the past half century, and Beethoven was among his particular specialties. Brendel actually recorded the complete set of 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas three times during his career (he retired from public performances in 2008), and due to his expertise and command of the piano, as well as his interpretive skill of Beethoven’s works, won acclaim for each of these cycles. As with many “best of kind” performances, these sets could, unfortunately, be hideously expensive to acquire, but if one had the opportunity to enjoy them, the rewards were substantial.

There’s a reason why Brendel has racked up so many awards and has been received with such universal acclaim, and even the briefest of examinations of any of these recording sets reveals just why.Brendel has a magnificent command of the instrument. It is difficult to describe his style, but I might suggest that he is a classicist in performance, meaning that he attempts to remain “true” to original composition with little distracting interpretive style, yet with a deep pathos and a seeming deftness in play that makes you forget you are listening to someone who has practiced all his life.

If you had the opportunity to see Brendel perform in person, you might have noticed that his mastery of the instrument was so total that he was able even to give subtle lighthearted signals to the audience while playing while never missing a note. It’s as if his technical performance had become detached from a second line of thought in his mind, which, I suppose, is true of many of the greatest players, but is impressive, nonetheless.

Many people will rate this particular set of Brendel’s performance of the 32 sonatas as his best of the three. This particular set, being the “middle” set in chronological terms (it was recorded in the 1970’s on analog equipment), was completed when Brendel was beyond his early years, but still far away from the closing arc of his career. This set therefore presents a mature, yet fresh, Brendel performance of Beethoven’s classic works. What I would say is that Brendel’s playing here is smooth as silk, with little harshness, and, as such, it is one of the most listenable of the cycles which I’ve examined over the years.

In fact, because Brendel here mixes technical acccuracy with a smooth yet emotive style, I prefer this as my favorite set of the 32 sonatas (and with the stiff competition for that spot, that’s really saying something). These things are certainly affected by each person’s opinion and preferences, but I believe there would be few who would not rate this set as among the best available today by any performer.

This is an opportunity to expereince Brendel at his best, and to examine–either anew or for the first time–the acclaimed Beethoven Sonatas. I can easily recommend this as a five star rating, for performance and recording.

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Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – Complete Piano Sonatas – Brendel
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR13        -2.80 dB     -20.92 dB     A1 Piano Sonata No.12 In A Flat, Op.26 – 1. Andante Con Variazioni.aif
DR12        -0.84 dB     -17.72 dB     A2 Piano Sonata No.12 In A Flat, Op.26 – 2. Scherzo (Allegro Molto).aif
DR13        -0.70 dB     -18.15 dB     A3 Piano Sonata No.12 In A Flat, Op.26 – 3. Marcia Funebre Sulla Morte D’un Eroe.aif
DR12        -1.63 dB     -17.29 dB     A4 Piano Sonata No.12 In A Flat, Op.26 – 4. Allegro.aif
DR12        -0.81 dB     -17.61 dB     B1 Piano Sonata No.16 In G, Op.31 No.1 – 1. Allegro Vivace.aif
DR14        -2.53 dB     -21.02 dB     B2 Piano Sonata No.16 In G, Op.31 No.1 – 2. Adagio Grazioso.aif
DR13        -1.01 dB     -17.80 dB     B3 Piano Sonata No.16 In G, Op.31 No.1 – 3. Rondo (Allegretto).aif
DR12        -0.66 dB     -16.79 dB     C1 Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3 – 1. Allegro Con Brio.aif
DR15        -0.37 dB     -23.27 dB     C2 Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3 – 2. Adagio.aif
DR12        -1.04 dB     -17.58 dB     C3 Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3 – 3. Scherzo (Allegro).aif
DR13        -0.74 dB     -17.68 dB     C4 Piano Sonata No.3 In C, Op.2 No.3 – 4. Allegro Assai.aif
DR12        -0.70 dB     -16.81 dB     D1 Piano Sonata No.11 In B Flat, Op.22 – 1. Allegro Con Brio.aif
DR13        -3.81 dB     -22.13 dB     D2 Piano Sonata No.11 In B Flat, Op.22 – 2. Adagio Con Molto Espressione.aif
DR13        -0.96 dB     -17.23 dB     D3 Piano Sonata No.11 In B Flat, Op.22 – 3. Menuetto.aif
DR12        -1.37 dB     -17.82 dB     D4 Piano Sonata No.11 In B Flat, Op.22 – 4. Rondo (Allegretto).aif
DR13        -1.08 dB     -18.34 dB     E1 Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2 – 1. Allegro Vivace.aif
DR15        -0.93 dB     -21.49 dB     E2 Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2 – 2. Largo Appassionato.aif
DR13        -1.32 dB     -19.49 dB     E3 Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2 – 3. Scherzo (Allegretto).aif
DR12        -1.35 dB     -18.02 dB     E4 Piano Sonata No.2 In A, Op.2 No.2 – 4. Rondo (Grazioso).aif
DR13        -0.83 dB     -18.61 dB     F1 Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 – ‘Pastorale’ – 1. Allegro.aif
DR14        -1.82 dB     -21.11 dB     F2 Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 – ‘Pastorale’ – 2. Andante.aif
DR14        -2.16 dB     -20.06 dB     F3 Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 – ‘Pastorale’ – 3. Scherzo (Allegro Assai).aif
DR13        -0.70 dB     -18.74 dB     F4 Piano Sonata No.15 In D, Op.28 – ‘Pastorale’ – 4. Rondo (Allegro Ma Non Troppo).aif
DR14        -0.67 dB     -18.25 dB     G1 Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1 – 1. Allegro.aif
DR14        -4.09 dB     -22.58 dB     G2 Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1 – 2. Adagio.aif
DR12        -2.31 dB     -18.91 dB     G3 Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1 – 3. Menuetto (Allegretto).aif
DR12        -0.93 dB     -16.89 dB     G4 Piano Sonata No.1 In F Minor, Op.2 No.1 – 4. Prestissimo.aif
DR13        -1.22 dB     -18.98 dB     H1 Piano Sonata No.26 In E Flat, Op.81a – ‘Les Adieux’ – 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio – Allegro).aif
DR14        -4.68 dB     -23.87 dB     H2 Piano Sonata No.26 In E Flat, Op.81a – ‘Les Adieux’ – 2. Abwesenheit (Andante Espressivo).aif
DR11        -1.08 dB     -16.51 dB     H3 Piano Sonata No.26 In E Flat, Op.81a – ‘Les Adieux’ – 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente).aif
DR13        -0.62 dB     -18.91 dB     H4 Piano Sonata No.20 In G, Op.49 No.2 – 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo.aif
DR13        -4.87 dB     -22.46 dB     H5 Piano Sonata No.20 In G, Op.49 No.2 – 2. Tempo Di Menuetto.aif
DR12        -0.58 dB     -16.51 dB     I1 Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7 – 1. Allegro Molto E Con Brio.aif
DR15        -1.87 dB     -23.50 dB     I2 Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7 – 2. Largo, Con Gran Espressione.aif
DR12        -2.54 dB     -19.57 dB     I3 Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7 – 3. Allegro.aif
DR12        -2.19 dB     -18.41 dB     I4 Piano Sonata No.4 In E Flat, Op.7 – 4. Rondo (Poco Allegretto E Grazioso).aif
DR13        -0.61 dB     -18.61 dB     J1 Piano Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1 – 1. Allegro Molto E Con Brio.aif
DR16        -1.66 dB     -24.36 dB     J2 Piano Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1 – 2. Adagio Molto.aif
DR13        -0.66 dB     -17.96 dB     J3 Piano Sonata No.5 In C Minor, Op.10 No.1 – 3. Finale (Prestissimo).aif
DR13        -3.35 dB     -22.81 dB     K1 Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 – 1. Andante – Allegro – Tempo I.aif
DR11        -1.72 dB     -17.55 dB     K2 Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 – 2. Allegro Molto E Vivace.aif
DR13        -4.01 dB     -23.79 dB     K3 Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 – 3. Adagio Con Espressione.aif
DR12        -0.83 dB     -17.89 dB     K4 Piano Sonata No.13 In E Flat, Op.27 No.1 – 4. Allegro Vivace – Tempo I – Presto.aif
DR13        -1.33 dB     -19.58 dB     K5 Piano Sonata No.22 In F, Op.54 – 1. In Tempo D’un Menuetto.aif
DR12        -2.73 dB     -17.82 dB     K5 Piano Sonata No.22 In F, Op.54 – 2. Allegretto.aif
DR12        -0.91 dB     -18.04 dB     L1 Piano Sonata No.17 In D Minor, Op.31 No.2 – ‘Tempest’ – 1. Largo – Allegro.aif
DR17        -2.24 dB     -24.53 dB     L2 Piano Sonata No.17 In D Minor, Op.31 No.2 – ‘Tempest’ – 2. Adagio.aif
DR12        -1.11 dB     -17.28 dB     L3 Piano Sonata No.17 In D Minor, Op.31 No.2 – ‘Tempest’ – 3. Allegretto.aif
DR14        -1.43 dB     -19.41 dB     M1 Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 – ‘Pathetique’ – 1. Grave – Allegro Di Molto E Con Brio.aif
DR16        -3.53 dB     -26.79 dB     M2 Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 – ‘Pathetique’ – 2. Adagio Cantabile.aif
DR14        -2.27 dB     -19.91 dB     M3 Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 – ‘Pathetique’ – 3. Rondo (Allegro).aif
DR12        -3.48 dB     -21.11 dB     M4 Piano Sonata No.19 In G Minor, Op.49 No.1 – 1. Andante.aif
DR13        -0.86 dB     -19.25 dB     M5 Piano Sonata No.19 In G Minor, Op.49 No.1 – 2. Rondo (Allegro).aif
DR15        -2.25 dB     -21.81 dB     N1 Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat, Op.31 No.3 – ‘The Hunt’ – 1. Allegro.aif
DR17        -1.64 dB     -22.72 dB     N2 Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat, Op.31 No.3 – ”TheHunt’ – 2. Scherzo (Allegretto Vivace).aif
DR15        -2.84 dB     -23.37 dB     N3 Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat, Op.31 No.3 – ‘The Hunt’ – 3. Menuetto (Moderato E Grazioso).aif
DR13        -1.02 dB     -18.03 dB     N4 Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat, Op.31 No.3 – ‘The Hunt’ – 4. Presto Con Fuoco.aif
DR13        -1.46 dB     -18.20 dB     O1 Piano Sonata No.6 In F, Op.10 No.2 – 1. Allegro.aif
DR13        -2.25 dB     -21.08 dB     O2 Piano Sonata No.6 In F, Op.10 No.2 – 2. Allegretto.aif
DR12        -1.57 dB     -17.15 dB     O3 Piano Sonata No.6 In F, Op.10 No.2 – 3. Presto.aif
DR13        -0.84 dB     -19.51 dB     O4 Piano Sonata No.27 In E Minor, Op.90 – 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit Und Durchaus Mit Empfindung Und Ausdruck.aif
DR14        -1.76 dB     -21.19 dB     O5 Piano Sonata No.27 In E Minor, Op.90 – 2. Nicht Zu Geschwind Und Sehr Singbar Vorgetragen.aif
DR12        -2.64 dB     -20.45 dB     P1 Piano Sonata No.30 In E, Op.109 – 1. Vivace, Ma Non Troppo – Adagio Espressivo – Tempo I.aif
DR11        -1.41 dB     -16.56 dB     P2 Piano Sonata No.30 In E, Op.109 – 2. Prestissimo.aif
DR13        -1.53 dB     -20.22 dB     P3 Piano Sonata No.30 In E, Op.109 – 3. Gesangvoll, Mit Innigster Empfindung (Andante Molto Cantabile Ed Espressivo).aif
DR15        -2.54 dB     -23.51 dB     Q1 Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 – 1. Etwas Lebhaft Und Mit Der Innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto Ma Non Troppo).aif
DR14        -0.77 dB     -18.45 dB     Q2 Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 – 2. Lebhaft, Marschmaessig (Vivace Alla Marcia).aif
DR15        -7.45 dB     -30.19 dB     Q3 Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 – 3. Langsam Und Sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio Ma Non Troppo, Con Affetto).aif
DR13        -1.11 dB     -18.73 dB     Q4 Piano Sonata No.28 In A, Op.101 – 4. Geschwind, Doch Nicht Zu Sehr Und Mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro).aif
DR15        -0.45 dB     -21.07 dB     R1 Piano Sonata No.9 In E, Op.14 No.1 – 1. Allegro.aif
DR13        -2.47 dB     -21.08 dB     R2 Piano Sonata No.9 In E, Op.14 No.1 – 2. Allegretto.aif
DR12        -1.73 dB     -18.98 dB     R3 Piano Sonata No.9 In E, Op.14 No.1 – 3. Rondo (Allegro Comodo).aif
DR13        -2.79 dB     -20.72 dB     R4 Piano Sonata No.10 In G, Op.14 No.2 – 1. Allegro.aif
DR15        -0.80 dB     -21.70 dB     R5 Piano Sonata No.10 In G, Op.14 No.2 – 2. Andante.aif
DR13        -2.98 dB     -20.35 dB     R6 Piano Sonata No.10 In G, Op.14 No.2 – 3. Scherzo (Allegro Assai).aif
DR12        -0.81 dB     -18.04 dB     S1 Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 – ‘Waldstein’ – 1. Allegro Con Brio.aif
DR15        -5.24 dB     -27.72 dB     S2 Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 – ‘Waldstein’ – 2. Introduzione (Adagio Molto).aif
DR12        -0.53 dB     -17.07 dB     S3 Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 – ‘Waldstein’ – 3. Rondo (Allegretto Moderato – Prestissimo).aif
DR13        -3.45 dB     -22.34 dB     T1 Piano Sonata No.31 In A Flat, Op.110 – 1. Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo.aif
DR12        -1.48 dB     -17.09 dB     T2 Piano Sonata No.31 In A Flat, Op.110 – 2. Allegro Molto.aif
DR13        -1.08 dB     -20.57 dB     T3 Piano Sonata No.31 In A Flat, Op.110 – 3. Adagio Ma Non Troppo.aif
DR14        -2.18 dB     -20.76 dB     T4 Andante Favori Wo0 57 in F.aif
DR13        -11.40 dB     -30.10 dB     U1 Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 – ‘Moonlight’ – 1. Adagio Sostenuto.aif
DR12        -7.16 dB     -24.05 dB     U2 Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 – ‘Moonlight’ – 2. Allegretto.aif
DR11        -0.59 dB     -16.15 dB     U3 Piano Sonata No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 – ‘Moonlight’ – 3. Presto.aif
DR13        -2.41 dB     -18.62 dB     U4 Piano Sonata No.25 In G, Op.79 – 1. Presto Alla Tedesca.aif
DR13        -7.49 dB     -25.46 dB     U5 Piano Sonata No.25 In G, Op.79 – 2. Andante.aif
DR13        -4.14 dB     -21.39 dB     U6 Piano Sonata No.25 In G, Op.79 – 3. Vivace.aif
DR13        -1.00 dB     -17.94 dB     V1 Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 – 1. Presto.aif
DR15        -1.71 dB     -23.15 dB     V2 Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 – 2. Largo E Mesto.aif
DR12        -3.41 dB     -20.87 dB     V3 Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 – 3. Menuetto (Allegro).aif
DR13        -1.50 dB     -19.87 dB     V4 Piano Sonata No.7 In D, Op.10 No.3 – 4. Rondo (Allegro).aif
DR14        -1.91 dB     -21.26 dB     W1 Piano Sonata No.24 In F Sharp, Op.78 ‘For Therese’ – 1. Adagio Cantabile – Allegro Ma Non Troppo.aif
DR13        -2.42 dB     -20.72 dB     W2 Piano Sonata No.24 In F Sharp, Op.78 ‘For Therese’ – 2. Allegro Vivace.aif
DR14        -0.61 dB     -19.34 dB     W3 Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 – ‘Hammerklavier’ – 1. Allegro.aif
DR14        -3.02 dB     -22.14 dB     W4 Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 – ‘Hammerklavier’ – 2. Scherzo (Assai Vivace – Presto – Prestissimo – Tempo I).aif
DR17        -0.91 dB     -24.13 dB     X1 Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 – ‘Hammerklavier’ – 3. Adagio Sostenuto.aif
DR15        -0.27 dB     -18.70 dB     X2 Piano Sonata No.29 In B Flat, Op.106 – ‘Hammerklavier’ – 4. Largo – Allegro Risoluto.aif
DR13        -0.54 dB     -18.83 dB     Y1 Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 – ‘Appassionata’ – 1. Allegro Assai.aif
DR14        -3.80 dB     -24.45 dB     Y2 Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 – ‘Appassionata’ – 2. Andante Con Moto.aif
DR13        -0.77 dB     -17.43 dB     Y3 Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 – ‘Appassionata’ – 3. Allegro Ma Non Troppo.aif
DR13        -0.87 dB     -18.52 dB     Z1 Piano Sonata No.32 In C Minor, Op.111 – 1. Maestoso – Allegro Con Brio Ed Appassionato.aif
DR14        -0.73 dB     -20.63 dB     Z2 Piano Sonata No.32 In C Minor, Op.111 – 2. Arietta (Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile).aif
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Number of files:    103
Official DR value:    DR13
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30 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

  1. So I assume this is his 2nd complete set of the sonatas, the first set was recorded during 196x and the last one was in 199x. Am i right?

    • Thanks. The older one has a Grand Prix du Disque, which in my limited experience has proven to be a reliable thermometer — every GPdD record I’ve heard has been superb! So, if this set is even better then it must be superlative truly.

      I am a big fan of Brendel playing Mozart. He is transparent and self effacing, which suits my taste generally.

  2. Brendel is indeed the understated Master. Thanks to J-L for another set from Brendel. Another ‘must have’ from you Alf 😀

  3. Thank you J.L. for the record and thank you Alf for a superb job of Hi Def of an exquisite performance of all Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.
    Particularly, The Waldstein Sonata is so rich.
    Brendel is so secure in his own pianistic skill he takes the Sonata as his own and delivers a tapestry of richness of phrasing, technicality of scales, and artistic understanding, that I feel I’ve never heard Waldstein so marvelously played: Superbly momentous.

    Well worth the hours of downloading and waiting. I can imagine the hours of ripping and preparing and uploading. I’m so grateful. Thanks a million.
    Bob

    • My pleasure, Bob 😀 On this set Brendel seems to be a little more secure, more Brendel, more Beethoven, compared to the first set. Both sets are wonderful and a state of the art….and be sure, I will never never hear his third set. It scaries me. 😀

  4. http://alfredbrendel.com/
    At 86 it is not likely he’ll even do another Beethoven Sonatas recording, right?
    But he’s going out at the top of his game!! He’s certainly in the Pantheon of the world’s greatest Pianists.
    Since I’m already nearly 81 (September), I sense the feeling of being on the downward slope of the other side of the mountain.
    But I surely can enjoy the art and music of all these artist you guys put up on boxset.ru.
    THANK YOU PROFUSELY!
    Bob

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