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Completed the set...
Kempff is the consummate Beethovenian interpreter. I have his version of all the sonatas. And I had concertos 4 & 5 from the available CD (long before HDTT). So I bought 1 thru 3 from HDTT to complete the set, then I set them all up in one album in my iTunes collection. The iTunes RIP of the CD is perfectly acceptable, but going from the 3rd concerto to the 4th the difference in recording quality was immediately (and perhaps even startlingly) apparent. These HDTT production are not merely for golden eared audiophiles that "think" they can hear nuances that may or may not be there...nope, these productions are for the rest of us as well...they really do sound superior to all but the most pristine LP (and there aren't many of those) played on a high end turntable particularly with a high end phono cartridge. A New Yorker cartoon proclaimed that vinyl was preferable because it was "less convenient and more expensive." Well, if you want to preserve the convenience and reduce the expense (not to mention lock in the longevity) then go with HDTT when possible. These are, generally, beautiful reproductions of what was heard in the control booth during recording. As to Kempff, specifically, totally satisfying (he writes his own cadenzas in many cases) and highly recommended.
They did it again! Spectacular Fidelity!!
Again, like the Emperor recording of Kempff, this is spectacular sound especially compared to the CD which I have. Bravo to HDDT again!
Beautiful interpretation. Excellent transfer, better than the Japanese sacd. But i prefer the playing of Backhaus with the VPO under the baton of Schmidt Isserstedt.
A Joy To Listen To.
A really good transfer, with excellent sound.
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 - Wilhelm Kempff, piano - Ferdinand Leitner - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
great performance of one of the great piano concertos
Title: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 In C Major
Artist(s): Piano – Wilhelm Kempff
Conductor – Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra – Berliner Philharmoniker
Recording Info: Recorded by DGG 1962
Engineer - Werner Wolf
Recording Supervisor - Otto Gerdes
1. Allegro Con Brio 14:25
2. Largo 11:59
3. Rondo - Allegro Scherzando Cadenza – Wilhelm Kempff 9:20