Wilhelm Kempff and Beethoven.

Some days that grey ceiling just won’t let up, that’s where these incredible solo piano selections from Wilhelm Kempff come in. I was first turned on to the miraculous phrasing and gentle and sure playing of Kempff from his Schubert collection, which is remarkable as well. But there’s something about Beethoven, and particularly his sonatas, that transport you from loneliness to splendid isolation. On these rainy fall days that’s a powerful favor. This is an eight disc collection covering the finest moments of Kempff’s many performances of these pieces. Kempff plays a philosophic Beethoven, as Ted Libbey puts it in his NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. I strongly recommend Beethoven’s Sonata No. 30 (Op. 109) so I’ve linked it below.

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