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"The surprises of the first movement are all the more exciting because they explode in an atmosphere which has not previously been charged with emotion - only with mystery and stillness. In the Andante con moto his playing of the theme and the variations takes us into a world of serene, ideal beauty, prophetic of the last sonatas. The Finale is taken more slowly than usual, and because there is no rush, the full intricate texture, the questioning and answering voices which so often flash past uncomprehended like scraps of an interesting conversation heard in a noisy train, can all be appreciated." - The Gramophone on the Appassionata sonata, 1957
This third volume of Wilhelm Kempff's fabulous 1950s DGG Beethoven Sonata recordings takes us from No. 16 to No. 24, including exceptional stand-out performances of the Waldstein and Appassionata sonatas, in XR remastered sound quality that lifts them out of 1951 and propels them into the 21st century.