HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Piano Sonatas (Backhaus)

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A very great THANK YOU to Trottar for this gem
If you are reading this review, chances are you are a classical record collector who owns multiple versions of all the Beethoven sonatas, perhaps multiple complete cycles by the likes of Schnabel, Kempff, Brendel, Gulda et. al. You are also probably wondering whether you should invest in another Beethoven cycle by a pianist whose name and legacy may be less familiar to you. The answer is: absolutely! Not even Schnabel probed more deeply behind the notes than Wilhelm Backhaus, and few have possessed the technical endurance at an advanced age to conquer the rugged peaks of the late sonatas (all but the *Hammerklavier* were taken down when Backhaus was in his seventies).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus
Vinyl (19??)
Number of discs: 10
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 13
Size: 9.83 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

From the first sonata to the last, Backhaus plays these works with all the seriousness and intensity they demand. His tone, not usually mentioned, is incredible and the recorded sound is nearly ideal. His playing may lack charm and lightheartedness, but after all, this is Beethoven, not Mozart. He has a classical approach to the early works, though it should be mentioned that he observes very few of the repeats. The middle works are even better, he presents such favorites as the Pathetique and Waldstein works in such a compelling way that its like hearing them for the first time. In the late works he is a bit less at home, but in my opinion much can still be enjoyed in his performances of them.
 
Backhaus recorded this cycle twice and played them throughout his life. In fact, some of the performances were recorded just a few months before he died, though you would never know it. Another interesting fact is that he was actually EMI’s second pick to be the first pianist to record the 32 sonatas, Schnabel of course was the first. This shows that thirty years before he recorded this cycle, EMI recognized his greatness. Imagine then, what 30 years of performing and recording (this is his second time recording the 32 sonatas) these works did for him. They are incredible recordings that show a master who understands these works like so very few do.
 
Backhaus has a very straightforward approach that sometimes sounds indifferent and matter-of-fact compared to other great interpreters of these works. However, there are qualities to his approach that I find hard to live without and even harder to describe in a simple statements, but I’ll try. Backhaus extracts the simplicity in Beethoven and lays it down with a firmness and masculinity that somehow reflects the composer’s personality that I read about in his biographies. If there are mannerisms here, I think they’re Beethoven’s.
 
Even his idiosyncrasies, such as his extra bass notes and arpeggiated chords are things that I can some how imagine the composer slipping in. I also love the way the music sounds like parlor playing, not 20th century concert hall playing. The intimacy and closed-in fullness of the recording, along with Backhaus’s strong left hand certainly contribute to this sound. It’s chunky, blocky, rhythmic, gruff – but it still manages to reveal everything that I’ve learned about these works in the past 30 years. He somehow really understood Beethoven. Again, I couldn’t be without this set.

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 Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – All Piano Sonatas – Backhaus
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 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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 DR14        -1.16 dB     -18.93 dB     A1 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR16        -5.43 dB     -25.23 dB     A2 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 – 2. Adagio.aif
 DR11        -3.58 dB     -19.31 dB     A3 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 – 3. Menuetto (Allegretto).aif
 DR12        -2.22 dB     -18.44 dB     A4 Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2 No.1 – 4. Prestissimo.aif
 DR13        -2.57 dB     -19.85 dB     A5 Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 – 1. Allegro vivace.aif
 DR15        -2.28 dB     -23.21 dB     A6 Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 – 2. Largo appassionato.aif
 DR12        -2.67 dB     -18.79 dB     A7 Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 – 3. Scherzo (Allegretto).aif
 DR12        -3.73 dB     -20.47 dB     B1 Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 – 4. Rondo (Grazioso).aif
 DR12        -1.19 dB     -17.51 dB     B2 Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 – 1. Allegro con brio.aif
 DR17        -5.39 dB     -27.95 dB     B3 Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 – 2. Adagio.aif
 DR12        -2.33 dB     -18.32 dB     B4 Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 – 3. Scherzo (Allegro).aif
 DR14        -1.53 dB     -19.09 dB     B5 Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 – 4. Allegro assai.aif
 DR13        -1.58 dB     -19.47 dB     C1 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 – 1. Allegro molto e con brio.aif
 DR15        -4.70 dB     -25.91 dB     C2 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 – 2. Largo, con gran espressione.aif
 DR13        -4.45 dB     -22.19 dB     C3 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 – 3. Allegro.aif
 DR13        -3.23 dB     -20.54 dB     C4 Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, Op.7 – 4. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso).aif
 DR13        -2.66 dB     -19.44 dB     C5 Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 – 1. Allegro molto e con brio.aif
 DR14        -4.27 dB     -23.23 dB     D1 Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 – 2. Adagio molto.aif
 DR13        -2.40 dB     -20.03 dB     D2 Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 – 3. Finale (Prestissimo).aif
 DR13        -2.78 dB     -19.78 dB     D3 Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR14        -1.84 dB     -19.66 dB     D4 Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 – 2. Allegretto.aif
 DR11        -0.73 dB     -15.94 dB     D5 Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 – 3. Presto.aif
 DR12        -1.85 dB     -17.60 dB     E1 Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 – 1. Presto.aif
 DR15        -2.65 dB     -22.26 dB     E2 Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 – 2. Largo e mesto.aif
 DR12        -3.89 dB     -18.87 dB     E3 Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 – 3. Menuetto (Allegro).aif
 DR12        -2.73 dB     -19.08 dB     E4 Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 – 4. Rondo (Allegro).aif
 DR14        -0.89 dB     -19.99 dB     E5 Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 ‘Pathetique’ – 1. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio.aif
 DR16        -4.98 dB     -25.20 dB     E6 Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 ‘Pathetique’ – 2. Adagio cantabile.aif
 DR14        -1.23 dB     -20.22 dB     F1 Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 ‘Pathetique’ – 3. Rondo (Allegro).aif
 DR14        -4.19 dB     -22.66 dB     F2 Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR14        -4.29 dB     -22.88 dB     F3 Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 – 2. Allegretto.aif
 DR12        -3.17 dB     -20.44 dB     F4 Piano Sonata No.9 in E, Op.14 No.1 – 3. Rondo (Allegro comodo).aif
 DR13        -2.59 dB     -19.31 dB     F5 Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR15        -1.57 dB     -22.77 dB     F6 Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 – 2. Andante.aif
 DR14        -1.42 dB     -18.87 dB     F7 Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 – 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai).aif
 DR12        -3.32 dB     -19.28 dB     G1 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 – 1. Allegro con brio.aif
 DR16        -6.59 dB     -27.01 dB     G2 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 – 2. Adagio con molto espressione.aif
 DR12        -3.28 dB     -19.86 dB     G3 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 – 3. Menuetto.aif
 DR13        -2.49 dB     -19.39 dB     G4 Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 – 4. Rondo (Allegretto).aif
 DR13        -2.42 dB     -20.15 dB     G5 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 – 1. Andante con variazioni.aif
 DR12        -2.10 dB     -18.85 dB     H1 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 – 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto).aif
 DR15        -2.83 dB     -22.68 dB     H2 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 – 3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un Eroe.aif
 DR12        -6.16 dB     -21.95 dB     H3 Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 – 4. Allegro.aif
 DR13        -2.37 dB     -20.76 dB     H4 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 – 1. Andante – Allegro – Tempo I.aif
 DR12        -1.08 dB     -18.32 dB     H5 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 – 2. Allegro molto e vivace.aif
 DR14        -6.35 dB     -24.92 dB     H6 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 – 3. Adagio con espressione.aif
 DR11        -0.93 dB     -14.93 dB     H7 Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1 – 4. Allegro vivace – Tempo I – Presto.aif
 DR14        -11.62 dB     -29.74 dB     I1 Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -‘Moonlight’ – 1. Adagio sostenuto.aif
 DR12        -3.78 dB     -19.70 dB     I2 Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -‘Moonlight’ – 2. Allegretto.aif
 DR14        -1.08 dB     -18.86 dB     I3 Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 -‘Moonlight’ – 3. Presto.aif
 DR11        -1.34 dB     -16.93 dB     I4 Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 – 1. Allegro vivace.aif
 DR14        -2.35 dB     -22.12 dB     I5 Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 – 2. Adagio grazioso.aif
 DR14        -2.06 dB     -19.53 dB     J1 Piano Sonata No.16 in G, Op.31 No.1 – 3. Rondo (Allegretto).aif
 DR14        -3.38 dB     -20.99 dB     J2 Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -‘Pastorale’ – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR15        -1.73 dB     -21.23 dB     J3 Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -‘Pastorale’ – 2. Andante.aif
 DR13        -1.01 dB     -18.42 dB     J4 Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -‘Pastorale’ – 3. Scherzo (Allegro assai).aif
 DR12        -2.11 dB     -18.35 dB     J5 Piano Sonata No.15 in D, Op.28 -‘Pastorale’ – 4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo).aif
 DR13        -2.72 dB     -21.28 dB     K1 Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -‘Tempest’ – 1. Largo – Allegro.aif
 DR15        -6.35 dB     -25.82 dB     K2 Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -‘Tempest’ – 2. Adagio.aif
 DR13        -1.51 dB     -17.70 dB     K3 Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 -‘Tempest’ – 3. Allegretto.aif
 DR13        -0.36 dB     -19.43 dB     K4 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -‘The Hunt’ – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR14        -1.25 dB     -20.13 dB     L1 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -‘The Hunt’ – 2. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace).aif
 DR16        -3.43 dB     -24.70 dB     L2 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -‘The Hunt’ – 3. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso).aif
 DR13        -1.32 dB     -18.63 dB     L3 Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat, Op.31 No.3 -‘The Hunt’ – 4. Presto con fuoco.aif
 DR14        -5.74 dB     -23.89 dB     L4 Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 – 1. Andante.aif
 DR14        -2.14 dB     -21.11 dB     L5 Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 – 2. Rondo (Allegro).aif
 DR13        -2.87 dB     -19.53 dB     L6 Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 – 1. Allegro ma non troppo.aif
 DR13        -4.26 dB     -23.02 dB     L7 Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 – 2. Tempo di Menuetto.aif
 DR12        -0.76 dB     -17.94 dB     M1 Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -‘Waldstein’ – 1. Allegro con brio.aif
 DR14        -8.58 dB     -28.40 dB     M2 Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -‘Waldstein’ – 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto).aif
 DR12        -0.75 dB     -17.24 dB     M3 Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -‘Waldstein’ – 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo).aif
 DR13        -1.23 dB     -18.63 dB     N1 Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -‘Appassionata’ – 1. Allegro assai.aif
 DR14        -2.21 dB     -22.40 dB     N2 Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -‘Appassionata’ – 2. Andante con moto.aif
 DR12        -0.28 dB     -16.00 dB     N3 Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -‘Appassionata’ – 3. Allegro ma non troppo.aif
 DR12        -1.23 dB     -18.23 dB     O1 Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 – 1. In Tempo d’un Menuetto.aif
 DR11        -1.71 dB     -16.24 dB     O2 Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 – 2. Allegretto.aif
 DR14        -3.38 dB     -21.16 dB     O3 Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 ‘For Therese’ – 1. Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma non troppo.aif
 DR11        -2.41 dB     -17.54 dB     O4 Piano Sonata No.24 in F sharp, Op.78 ‘For Therese’ – 2. Allegro vivace.aif
 DR13        -4.58 dB     -20.26 dB     O5 Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 – 1. Presto alla tedesca.aif
 DR14        -12.35 dB     -30.43 dB     O6 Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 – 2. Andante.aif
 DR11        -5.76 dB     -20.96 dB     O7 Piano Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 – 3. Vivace.aif
 DR14        -0.94 dB     -19.49 dB     P1 Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -‘Les adieux’ – 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio – Allegro).aif
 DR14        -6.64 dB     -26.21 dB     P2 Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -‘Les adieux’ – 2. Die Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo).aif
 DR11        -2.37 dB     -17.37 dB     P3 Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -‘Les adieux’ – 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente).aif
 DR13        -2.05 dB     -20.29 dB     P4 Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 – 1. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck.aif
 DR13        -3.29 dB     -20.57 dB     P5 Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 – 2. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen.aif
 DR14        -4.81 dB     -23.31 dB     Q1 Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 – 1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo).aif
 DR14        -0.57 dB     -18.51 dB     Q2 Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 – 2. Lebhaft, marschmaessig (Vivace alla marcia).aif
 DR13        -1.60 dB     -19.75 dB     Q3 Piano Sonata No.28 in A, Op.101 – 3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll 4. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro).aif
 DR14        -1.20 dB     -20.65 dB     Q4 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -‘Hammerklavier’ – 1. Allegro.aif
 DR13        -1.68 dB     -19.68 dB     R1 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -‘Hammerklavier’ – 2. Scherzo (Assai vivace – Presto – Prestissimo – Tempo I).aif
 DR16        -7.73 dB     -28.71 dB     R2 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -‘Hammerklavier’ – 3. Adagio sostenuto.aif
 DR13        -1.53 dB     -19.28 dB     R3 Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat, Op.106 -‘Hammerklavier’ – 4. Largo – Allegro risoluto.aif
 DR13        -0.90 dB     -17.96 dB     S1 Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 – 1. Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo – Tempo I.aif
 DR15        -3.57 dB     -23.99 dB     S2 Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 – 2. Prestissimo.aif
 DR12        -3.54 dB     -20.78 dB     S3 Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 – 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo).aif
 DR13        -3.73 dB     -21.57 dB     S4 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 – 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo.aif
 DR15        -4.16 dB     -21.49 dB     T1 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 – 2. Allegro molto.aif
 DR14        -11.09 dB     -29.80 dB     T2 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 – 3a. Adagio ma non troppo.aif
 DR13        -3.42 dB     -20.95 dB     T3 Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 – 3b. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo).aif
 DR12        -3.31 dB     -19.18 dB     T4 Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 – 1. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato.aif
 DR15        -1.54 dB     -21.59 dB     T5 Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 – 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile).aif
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 Number of files:    102
 Official DR value:    DR13
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Ripping Info

Monitoring

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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29 Comments.

  1. HUGE THANKS BOTH OF YOU !!

  2. Many thanks to Rach & Trottar for this reference interpretation! This is a really Great Post!

  3. Thanks so much for posting this boxset! I’ve been waiting for so long for this one! Now, all the three masterpieces for the complete Beethoven PS, are here: Backhaus, Kempff, and the Arrau…. So great.
    I still remember in the Kempff set, there is some error on 1 record, and replaced by other version for the tracks. Do you still want the the 24/96 digital version (not vinyl ripped) for the Kempff set for these missed tracks?

    • Oh yes….if you can provide it, it’s the 1st mov. of the 5th sonata. But it must be at last in 24bit/96kHz.
      Thank you.

      • I’ll firstly double check the track with my good DAC, to see if the sound quality is as good as your expectation. Then, I’ll upload to FF…and copy the link to here…

      • I’ve just listened my tracks, they seem to be the DG/Universal official 24/96 files, with the PDF booklet. Sounds great. I zipped all 3 tracks of PS No.5, and now trying to upload in FF. But it seems hard. If FF failed, i will use another public cloud server to share the link….

        • To avoid that you waste too much time with FF, please upload only the first mov. of sonata No. 5 as far as this was the only track I missed.
          Thank you.

          • I can’t fix with FF, so I use this one, see the link below:
            http://pan.baidu.com/s/1o8PQKOU
            This is an open share link without password. Sorry about the language, if you can see the button at up, and right with (342.7M), then this shall be the direct download link.
            Anything matters, pls let me know…

            • Sorry, I only get a page with a boring looking bird and this:
              啊哦,你所访问的页面不存在了。
              可能的原因:
              1.在地址栏中输入了错误的地址。
              2.你点击的某个链接已过期。

              返回上一级页面>
              回到网站首页>

              Google translator says:
              Oh oh, the page you are visiting does not exist.

              possible reason:

              1. Enter the wrong address in the address bar.

              2. You have clicked a link that has expired.

              Return to the previous page

              Back to the home page

  4. enjoy and thanks

  5. Alf big thank you to have now all Sonatas in studioquality. All the Sonatas were produced in Geneva, Viktoria Hall between 1950 and 1953, 1958-.Backhaus was Mr. Beethoven. Trottar

  6. Too good to believe ! Thank you very much !

  7. Another amazing rip. Thank You.

  8. It is strange that you can not open the link. I tested again and it is valid, from my side. To make it simple, I upload again, only the 1st mvmt of PS.5, now the zip file only 123M. Please copy and paste the link below, very carfully, not to miss anyone letter:
    http://pan.baidu.com/s/1c2tbmdM
    If get in, then typr this code (only 4 letters) in the next page, middle part: pl1m
    Then you can see the dowload button, at the right, up part of the srceen, file size is 123M.
    Good Luck!

  9. This is too wonderful! Thank you very much.

  10. Marcus Claudius

    Thanks for this seminal interpretations of Beethoven by Backhaus. They in some ways remind me of Klemperer’s Beethoven. Probably not the prettiest and beautiful realisation of the great masters music but Backhaus understands the inner depths of the music.

  11. Thank you so much

  12. AntoineAugustin

    Thanks for this wonderful rip. My unarchiver software was unable to recover the last (4th) movement of #29 (Hammerklavier). Does anyone have a movement they’d be willing to share?

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