HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Works For Cello And Piano (Fournier/Kempff)

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Many thanks to Jean-Luc for these beautiful 1st pressings
I have been listening to this box-set intensely during ripping and my admiration for Kempff–already considerable–has grown in leaps and bounds. So too has my regard for Pierre Fournier, whose playing on this recordings is bold and clearly articulated. Kempff is the most humane and visionary of pianists, and he is remarkable in that he is perfectly prepared to put his undoubted virtuosity on the back burner and let Fournier’s cello fully sing and soar. I have noticed on other recordings of cello sonatas (the Kovacevich/Du Pre coupling of Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th and the Ax/Ma Brahms for example) that the cello is often overwhelmed. This is definitely not the case here, where the projection of both instuments seems perfectly in balance, and if anything favors the cello. When it first arrived I was a little dismayed to see that these were listed as “Live Recordings,” since I am not really a fan of this sub-genre–they usually end up having none of the spontaneity and energy of the concert arena while maintaining all the little annoyances (audience shuffling/flubbed notes). This recording however, is perfect for these pieces. The sound is spacious and you come away with the impression that these musicians are playing just for you in a rather large room.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Kempff
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 15
# Size: 2.59 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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