Beethoven: Sonatas, Variations, Complete Piano Concertos (10CD)

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Artist:
Wilhelm Backhaus

10 CD box set celebrating the work of the German Beethoven-pianist of international renown, Wilhelm Backhaus. It contains all of his concert recordings, the most popular sonatas and waltz-variations. 

Wilhelm Backhaus (1884 - 1969) was internationally recognized and celebrated as an outstanding authority for classical-romantic piano music. Just how well deserved this admiration is, can especially be heard in the Beethoven-concerts and the Diabelli-variations, which are included in this 10-CD-Box and regarded as "trend setting" by critics until today. Early on, Backhaus had become a German pianist of world renown. As a sixteen-year-old he gave his first concert in London.

In 1905 he won the coveted Anton Rubinstein Prize in Paris, pitted against Klemperer and Bartok. His US debut in 1912 was followed by tours across South America and Australia. Twenty-eight years later, he returned to New York, a period which is also impressively documented in this CD collection.

As an interesting "encore" for collectors, there are also examples of rolls that Backhaus had recorded in the 1920s for use in player pianos, which were often preferred to the gramophone back then because of their superior sound quality.

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Tracklisting:

CD 1
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15, I Allegro con brio
2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15, II Largo
3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15, III Rondo: Allegro scherzando
4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major op. 19, I Allegro con brio
5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major op. 19, II Adagio
6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major op. 19, III Rondo: Molto allegro

CD 2
1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor op. 37, I Allegro con brio
2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor op. 37, II Largo
3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor op. 37, III Rondo: Allegro
4. Piano Concerto No 4 in G major op. 58, I Allegro moderato
5. Piano Concerto No 4 in G major op. 58, II Andante con moto
6. Piano Concerto No 4 in G major op. 58, III Rondo: Vivace

CD 3
1. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major op. 73, I Allegro
2. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major op. 73, II Adagio un poco mosso
3. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major op. 73, III Rondo: Allegro
4. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58, I Allegro moderato
5. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58, II Andante con moto
6. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58, III Rondo: Vivace

CD 4
1. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major op. 10 No. 2, I Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major op. 10 No. 2, II Allegretto
3. Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major op. 10 No. 2, III Presto
4. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op. 13 Pathétique, I Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
5. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op. 13 Pathétique, II Adagio cantabile
6. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op. 13 Pathétique, III Rondo: Allegro
7. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op. 13 Pathétique, I Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
8. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op. 13 Pathétique, II Andante cantabile
9. Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor op. 13 Pathétique, III Rondo : Allegro

CD 5
1. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor op. 10 Nr. 1, I Allegro molto e con brio
2. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor op. 10 Nr. 1, II Adagio molto
3. Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor op. 10 Nr. 1, III Finale: Prestissimo
4. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor op. 27 Nr. 2 Moonlight, I Adagio sostenuto
5. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor op. 27 Nr. 2 Moonlight, II Allegretto & Trio
6. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor op. 27 Nr. 2 Moonlight, III Presto
7. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major op. 28 Pastorale, I Allegro
8. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major op. 28 Pastorale, II Andante
9. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major op. 28 Pastorale, III Scherzo & Trio: Allegro vivace
10. Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major op. 28 Pastorale, IV Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo. Più allegro quasi presto

CD 6
1. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major op. 33 Waldstein, I Allegro con brio
2. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major op. 33 Waldstein, II Introduzione: Adagio molto
3. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major op. 33 Waldstein, III Rondo: Allegretto moderato. Prestissimo
4. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor op.31 No. 2 Tempest, I Largo. Allegro
5. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor op.31 No. 2 Tempest, II Adagio
6. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor op.31 No. 2 Tempest, III Allegretto

CD 7
1. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor op. 57 Appassionata, I Allegro assai
2. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor op. 57 Appassionata, II Andante con moto
3. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor op. 57 Appassionata, III Allegro ma non troppo. Presto
4. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major op. 79 (Sonatine), I Presto alla tedesca
5. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major op. 79 (Sonatine), II Andante
6. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major op. 79 (Sonatine), III Vivace
7. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major op. 81A Les Adieux, I The Farewell: Adagio. Allegro
8. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major op. 81A Les Adieux, II Absence: Andante espressivo
9. Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major op. 81A Les Adieux, III The Return: Vivacissimamente. Poco andante

CD 8
1. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major op. 106, I Allegro
2. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major op. 106, II Scherzo: assai vivace. Presto. Tempo I
3. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major op. 106, III Adagio sostenuto
4. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major op. 106, IV Largo. Allegro. Allegro risoluto

CD 9
1. Piano Sonata No.30 in E major op. 109, I Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo
2. Piano Sonata No.30 in E major op. 109, II Prestissimo
3. Piano Sonata No.30 in E major op. 109, III Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
4. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor op. 111, I Maestoso. Allegro con brio ed appassionato
5. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor op. 111, II Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
6. Piano Sonata No. 8 (First movement)

CD 10
1. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Thema: Vivace
2. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Alla marcia maestoso
3. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Poco allegro
4. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Poco allegro
5. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Un poco più vivace
6. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro vivace
7. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
8. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Un poco più allegro
9. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Poco vivace
10. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro pesante e risoluto
11. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Presto
12. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegretto
13. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Un poco più moto
14. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Vivace
15. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Grave e maestoso
16. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Presto scherzando
17. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro
18. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro
19. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Poco moderato
20. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Presto
21. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Andante
22. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro con brio
23. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro molto - alla Notte e giorno faticar di Mozart
24. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro assai
25. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Fughetta: Andante
26. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro
27. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegretto
28. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Vivace
29. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Allegro
30. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Adagio ma non troppo
31. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Andante sempre cantabile
32. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Largo molto espressivo
33. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Fuga: Allegro
34. Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli op. 120, Tempo di minuetto moderato grazioso e dolce
35. Variations on a Theme of Paganini op. 35