HD-Vinyl 24/96 (FSM) Ludwig van Beethoven – All Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this marvellous set
Brendel is rightly considered an expert on Beethoven (Schubert and Mozart), because unlike many other “high-class” pianists who play only on speed, Brendel gives the listener the opportunity to enjoy Beethoven. Very clear and emotional, as one would expect for a romantic composers.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Alfred Brendel
Vinyl (1970?)
Number of Discs: 12
Format: Flac
Label: FSM
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 11.94 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Is the Sonata a more intimate medium than the string quartet? Sometimes I wonder if yes… sometimes I believe it. I think that is because here only three people are in dialogue: The composer, the performer and the listener. Only one person is “interposed” between the thoughts of the composer, and me, the listener, namely the interpreter. And in my almost 50 years ‘career’ as a classical listener I have heard many other performers that are approached with variable approaches to Beethoven sonatas.

And now Brendel … Certainly Alfred Brendel’s Beethoven has scores intimately studied – like all other of his colleagues – but with him, I feel that he is able to establish a special link and then transmitted by his piano playing. He is the extended arm of the composer, he thinks the idea of ​​Beethoven, plays Beethoven’s verve and also, where appropriate, with its softness.

For me, spheres are opened up by these recordings in which you can drift and revel as listener. I never felt the connection to Beethoven’s music more intimately, his thoughts were never clearly over me, as in these recordings. Only the Schubert recordings of Alfred Brendel are (perhaps) better than his Beethoven. And so I look forward one by one time, if I may dive into the Trinity, the third link in the chain composer-performer-listener.

Danke, Herr Brendel!



  Sonate Nr.1 F-moll, Op.2 Nr.1 (1795 – Joseph Haydn Gewidmet) (17:00)
A1 Allegro  
A2 Adagio  
A3 Menuetto (Allegretto)  
A4 Prestissimo  
  Sonate Nr.25 G-dur, Op.79 (1809) (9:16)
A5 Presto Alla Tedesca  
A6 Andante  
A7 Vivace  
  Sonate Nr.2 A-dur, Op.2 Nr.2 (1795 – Joseph Haydn Gewidmet) (23:44)
B1 Allegro Vivace  
B2 Largo Appassionato  
B3 Scherzo (Allegretto)  
B4 Rondo (Grazioso)  
  Sonate Nr.3 C-dur, Op.2 Nr. 3 (1795 – Joseph Haydn Gewidmet) (27:27)
C1 Allegro Con Brio  
C2 Adagio  
C3 Scherzo, Allegro (Trio)  
C4 Allegro Assai  
  Sonate Nr.4 Es-dur, Op.7 (1796/8 – Der Gräfin Babette V. Keglevics Gewidmet) (29:09)
D1 Allegro Molto E Con Brio  
D2 Largo Con Gran Espressione  
D3 Allegro  
D4 Rondo (Poco Allegretto E Grazioso)  
  Sonate Nr.5 C-moll, Op.10 Nr.1 (1796/8 Der Gräfin Anna Margarete V. Browne Gewidmet) (18:30)
E1 Allegro Molto E Con Brio  
E2 Adagio Molto  
E3 Finale (Prestissimo)  
  Sonate Nr.6 F-dur, Op.10 Nr.2 (13:45)
E4 Allegro  
F1 Allegretto  
F2 Finale (Presto)  
  Sonate (“Quasi Una Fantasia”) Nr.13 Es-dur, Op. 27 Nr.1 (1800/1 Der Fürstin Josephine V. Liechtenstein Gewidmet) (15:30)
F3 Andante  
F4 Allegro Molto E Vivace  
F5 Adagio Con Espressione  
F6 Finale (Allegro Vivace)  
  Sonate Nr.7 D-dur, Op.10 Nr.3 (1796/8 Der Gräfin Anna Margarete V. Browne Gewidmet) (23:34)
G1 Presto  
G2 Largo E Mesto  
G3 Menuetto, Allegro (Trio)  
G4 Rondo (Allegro)  
  Sonate Nr.9 E-dur, Op.14 Nr.1 (1798/9 – Der Baronin Josefine V. Braun Gewidmet) (13:39)
H1 Allegro  
H2 Allegretto  
H3 Rondo (Allegro Comodo)  
  Sonate Nr.10 G-dur, Op.14 Nr.2 (1798/9 – Der Baronin Josefine V. Braun Gewidmet) (14:16)
H4 Allegro  
H5 Andante  
H6 Scherzo (Allegro Assai)  
  Sonate Nr.11 B-dur, Op.22 (1799/1800 – Dem Grafen Johann Georg V. Browne Gewidmet) (24:32)
I1 Allegro Con Brio  
I2 Allegro Con Molto Espressione  
I3 Menuetto  
I4 Rondo (Allegretto)  
  Sonate Nr.15 D-dur, Op.28 “Pastorale” (1801 – Joseph Edlen V. Sonnenfels Gewidmet) (25:44)
J1 Allegro  
J2 Andante  
J3 Scherzo, Allegro Assai (Trio)  
J4 Rondo (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)  
  Sonate Nr.12 As-dur, Op.26 (1800/1 – Dem Fürsten Carl V. Lichnowsky Gewidmet) (19:40)
K1 Andante Con Variazioni  
K2 Scherzo, Allegro Molto (Trio)  
K3 “Marcia Funebre Sulla Morte D’un Eroe”  
K4 Allegro  
  Sonate (“Quasi Una Fantasia”) Nr.14 Cis-moll, Op.27 Nr.2 “Mondschein-Sonate” (1801 – Der Gräfin Giulietta Guicciardi Gewidmet) (15:16)
K5 Adagio Sostenuto  
L1 Allegretto  
L2 Presto Agitato  
  Sonate Nr.8 C-moll, Op.13 “Pathétique” (1798/9 – Dem Fürsten Carl V. Lichnowsky Gewidmet) (18:56)
L3 Grave  
L4 Allegro Di Molto E Con Brio  
L5 Adagio Cantabile  
L6 Rondo (Allegro)  
  Sonate Nr.18 Es-dur, Op.31 Nr.3 (1801/2) (20:41)
M1 Allegro  
M2 Scherzo (Allegretto Vivace)  
M3 Menuetto (Moderato E Grazioso)  
M4 Presto Con Fuoco  
  Sonate Nr.16 G-dur, Op.31 Nr.1 (1801/2) (22:40)
M5 Allegro Vivace  
N1 Adagio Grazioso  
N2 Rondo (Allegretto)  
  Sonate Nr.22 F-dur, Op.54 (1804) (11:50)
N3 In Tempo D’Un Menuetto  
N4 Allegreto  
  Sonate Nr.17 D-moll, Op.31 Nr.2 “Der Sturm” (1801/2) (21:24)
O1 Largo  
O2 Allegro  
O3 Adagio  
O4 Allegretto  
  Sonate Nr.21 C-dur, Op.53 “Waldstein-Sonate” (1803/4 – Dem Grafen Ferdinand V. Waldstein Gewidmet) (24:40)
P1 Allegro Con Brio  
P2 Introduzione (Adagio Molto)  
P3 Rondo (Allegretto Moderato)  
  Sonate Nr.28 A-dur, Op.101 (1816 – Der Freiin Dorothea Ertmann Gewidmet) (19:29)
Q1 Allegretto Ma Non Troppo  
Q2 Vivace Alla Marcia  
Q3 Adagio Ma Non Troppo, Con Affetto  
Q4 Allegro  
  Sonate Nr.19 G-moll, Op.49 Nr.1 (1798) (7:25)
Q5 Andante  
Q6 Rondo (Allegro)  
  Sonate Nr.30 E-dur, Op.109 (1820 – Maximiliane Brentano Gewidmet) (19:30)
R1 Vivace, Ma Non Troppo  
R2 Prestissimo  
R3 Andante Molto Cantabile Ad Espressivo  
  Sonate Nr.20 G-dur, Op.49 Nr.2 (1796) (8:04)
R4 Allegro Ma Non Troppo  
R5 Tempo Di Menuetto  
  Sonate Nr.23 F-moll, Op.57 “Appassionata” (1804/5 – Dem Grafen Franz V. Brunsvik Gewidmet) (24:03)
S1 Allegro Assai  
S2 Andante Con Moto  
S3 Allegro Ma Non Troppo  
  Sonate Nr.26 Es-dur, Op.81a “Les Adieux” (1809/10 – Dem Erzherzog Rudolf Von Österreich Gewidmet) (14:50)
T1 Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux): Adagio – Allegro  
T2 Die Abwesenheit (L’Absence): Andante Espressivo  
T3 Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour): Vivacissimamente  
  Sonate Nr.27 E-moll, Op.90 (1814 – Dem Grafen Moritz Lichnowsky Gewidmet) (13:05)
T4 Mit Lebhaftigkeit Und Durchaus Mit Empfindung Und Ausdruck  
T5 Nicht Zu Geschwind Und Sehr Singbar Vorzutragen  
  (Große) Sonate Nr.29 B-dur, Op.106 “Hammerklavier-Sonate” (1817/8 – Dem Erzherzog Rudolf Von Österreich Gewidmet) (43:20)
U1 Allegro  
U2 Scherzo (Assai Vivace)  
V1 Adagio Sostenuto (Appassionato E Con Molto Sentimento)  
V2 Largo  
V3 Allegro Risoluto  
  Sonate Nr.31 As-dur, Op.110 (1821) (18:02)
W1 Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo  
W2 Allegro Molto  
W3 Adagio Ma Non Troppo  
W4 Fuga (Allegro Ma Non Troppo)  
  Sonate Nr.24 Fis-dur, Op.78 (1809 – Der Gräfin Therese V. Brunsvik Gewidmet) (8:42)
W5 Adagio Cantabile  
W6 Allegro Ma Non Troppo  
W7 Allegro Vivace  
  Sonate Nr.32 C-moll, Op.111 (1821/2 – Dem Erzherzog Rudolph Von Österreich Gewidmet) (24:10)
X1 Maestoso  
X2 Allegro Con Brio Ed Appassionato  
X3 Arietta (Adagio Molto Semplice E Cantabile)  

Analyzed folder: /96k LvB – All Piano Sonatas – Brendel
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.53 dB     -18.49 dB     A1-4 Sonate Nr.1 F-moll, Op.2 Nr.1.aif
DR13        -1.33 dB     -18.70 dB     A5-7 Sonate Nr.25 G-dur, Op.79.aif
DR13        -0.97 dB     -18.56 dB     B1-4 Sonate Nr.2 A-dur, Op.2 Nr.2.aif
DR12        -0.65 dB     -17.80 dB     C1-4 Sonate Nr.3 C-dur, Op.2 Nr. 3.aif
DR13        -1.20 dB     -18.47 dB     D1-4 Sonate Nr.4 Es-dur, Op.7.aif
DR14        -0.98 dB     -20.13 dB     E1-3 Sonate Nr.5 C-moll, Op.10 Nr.1.aif
DR13        -0.67 dB     -18.95 dB     E4-F2 Sonate Nr.6 F-dur, Op.10 Nr.2.aif
DR15        -0.90 dB     -20.84 dB     F3-6 Sonate (‘Quasi Una Fantasia’) Nr.13 Es-dur, Op. 27 Nr.1.aif
DR13        -0.79 dB     -18.69 dB     G1-4 Sonate Nr.7 D-dur, Op.10 Nr.3.aif
DR12        -1.23 dB     -18.31 dB     H1-3 Sonate Nr.9 E-dur, Op.14 Nr.1.aif
DR12        -0.34 dB     -16.63 dB     H4-6 Sonate Nr.10 G-dur, Op.14 Nr.2.aif
DR13        -0.82 dB     -18.15 dB     I1-4 Sonate Nr.11 B-dur, Op.22.aif
DR13        -0.77 dB     -19.68 dB     J1-4 Sonate Nr.15 D-dur, Op.28 ‘Pastorale’.aif
DR15        -1.11 dB     -20.91 dB     K1-4 Sonate Nr.12 As-dur, Op.26.aif
DR15        -0.11 dB     -20.58 dB     K5-L2 Sonate (‘Quasi Una Fantasia’) Nr.14 Cis-moll, Op.27 Nr.2 ‘Mondschein-Sonate’.aif
DR14        -0.59 dB     -19.40 dB     L3-6 Sonate Nr.8 C-moll, Op.13 ‘Pathetique’.aif
DR14        -0.42 dB     -19.84 dB     M1-4 Sonate Nr.18 Es-dur, Op.31 Nr.3.aif
DR14        -0.80 dB     -20.18 dB     M5-N2 Sonate Nr.16 G-dur, Op.31 Nr.1.aif
DR13        -0.64 dB     -18.90 dB     N3-4 Sonate Nr.22 F-dur, Op.54.aif
DR14        -0.82 dB     -20.40 dB     O1-4 Sonate Nr.17 D-moll, Op.31 Nr.2 ‘Der Sturm’.aif
DR13        -0.49 dB     -18.31 dB     P1-3 Sonate Nr.21 C-dur, Op.53 ‘Waldstein-Sonate’.aif
DR11        -0.74 dB     -16.37 dB     Q1-4 Sonate Nr.28 A-dur, Op.101.aif
DR14        -4.62 dB     -23.51 dB     Q5-6 Sonate Nr.19 G-moll, Op.49 Nr.1.aif
DR11        -0.36 dB     -17.11 dB     R1-3 Sonate Nr.30 E-dur, Op.109.aif
DR15        -3.62 dB     -23.21 dB     R4-5 Sonate Nr.20 G-dur, Op.49.aif
DR14        -0.95 dB     -19.46 dB     S1-3 Sonate Nr.23 F-moll, Op.57 ‘Appassionata’.aif
DR14        -0.62 dB     -20.26 dB     T1-3 Sonate Nr.26 Es-dur, Op.81a ‘Les Adieux’.aif
DR17        -0.81 dB     -23.30 dB     T4-5 Sonate Nr.27 E-moll, Op.90.aif
DR12        -0.12 dB     -16.54 dB     U1-2  Mov. 1 and 2 of (Grose) Sonate Nr.29 B-dur, Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier-Sonate’.aif
DR12        -0.61 dB     -18.41 dB     V1-3  Mov. 3, 4 and 5 of (Grose) Sonate Nr.29 B-dur, Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier-Sonate’.aif
DR12        -1.27 dB     -19.21 dB     W1-4 Sonate Nr.31 As-dur, Op.110.aif
DR12        -1.98 dB     -19.40 dB     W5-7 Sonate Nr.24 Fis-dur, Op.78.aif
DR11        -0.63 dB     -16.74 dB     X1-3 Sonate Nr.32 C-moll, Op.111.aif
Number of files:    33
Official DR value:    DR13


Ripping Info


  • 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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23 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (FSM) Ludwig van Beethoven – All Piano Sonatas (Brendel)

  1. Totally agree with the review here. For me, Brendel is special!
    If I may add, there is a 4th arm to this Trinity. That is: the Alchemist who provides such superb transfers from vinyl.
    aka Alf 😀

    Thanks for this monumental work and to Jean-Luc for yet another treasure.

  2. Alfredo,
    23 Links of the finest sound and glorious Beethoven. Brendel is meticulously expressive and accomplished in this genre.
    The length of time to download all 23 made me desire more to hear all the work you had done.

    As Shakespeare said so eloquently, “the only answer I can make is thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.!”
    Your work is monumental as a promoter of the greats in music!

    • My noble friend..I must confess of a big big sin: in my youth I didn’t give a dime for Brendel….I don’t know why…I was a little ignorant and too-much-fallen-in-love with the common famous names of the 70s, 80s…..I was too blind and deaf to recognize the real genius of Brendel…..and at least I should have given him more chances due to the homonymy that follows Brendel and me. Later (somewhen in the 90s) I started really to “study” and appreciate more and more artists that I always knew by name but didn’r really appreciate. This was my 2nd birth as an estimator of classical music/operatics and real fine performers/orchestras/maestri….

      • Yes, sir, I understand.
        One of the first principles in epistemology is to get the facts and comprehend them. That is what you are describing.
        It’s part of growing!
        Knowledge of artists and technology has been a great bounty for us. Thanks for the fruit of your growth.

  3. I thank you again for such a wonderful collection. I’ve long loved Alfred Brendel’s playing and it’s great to have him playing so much great Beethoven.

    I’m having an odd issue though. The “repaired” file plays fine on my preferred flac player, VLC. But every other file I’ve checked crashes VLC every time I run it. Every other FLAC file I have runs fine on VLC.

    Is this happening to other people? Is there a simple solution? I’ll be using a different player for the time being but I’d hate to have to drop VLC since it plays all other FLAC files.

    Please understand that I’m thankful for your wonderful audio files, and I’m not suggesting you’ve done anything wrong. I just want to have these files play on VLC and would love suggestions..

    Thanks again

      • No, really I’m not joking. Just reporting what happened with my VLC player v2.2.4. I’ve tried both 32-bit and 64 bit player and uninstalled and reinstalled multiple times. BTW, the files play fine in other players.

        I tried many of the files and they all crashed VLC at loading–the player window never really even opened up–there was just a crash report. Every file I tried crashed except the repaired file.

        At any rate, if it’s happening to no one else then I presume I have a local problem that complicates VLC playback of some FLACs. I’ve tried sorting it out and maybe I’ll have some luck, since past versions of VLC have had a difficulty with some FLAC files.

        I really do thank you for all the material you put up, I was just checking if anyone had a similar problem that could help me sort out the issue on my PC.

        Thank you again.

        • I really don’t know, what the problem could be, on your side. I also use to playback with VLC, my files and all other files I have from all over the web….never a problem. And since my “normal” and the “fixed” files are done all the same way, you shouldn’t have any problems. Very strange! Sorry that I cannot help you.

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