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Still and all, Wilhelm Backhaus was one of the finest pianists of the last century. This double CD is addressed two types of people – those who look for great live performances of Beethoven sonatas and those who collect CDs of Wilhelm Backhaus. These two previously unpublished recitals from Ludwigsburg (1953) and Besançon (1959) are a welcome addition to his studio recordings of the Beethoven sonatas. Mostly in concert, at times, did Backhaus come to life. Backhaus did not begin his career as a Beethoven specialist. He came to this composer late in life — he called it his third career. He began with Liszt, Schumann and Chopin. It was only after a lifetime with them that Backhaus felt prepared to come to grips with Beethoven.

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WILHELM BACKHAUS plays Beethoven, Schubert & Brahms ∙ Double CD

The previously unpublished Beethoven recitals from Ludwigsburg (1953) and Besançon (1959)

CD 1

1∙5∙10. Radio announcements in French by Jean Toscane

2-4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 [10:47]
I. Allegro [04:27]
II. Allegretto [03:31]
III. Presto [02:48]

6-9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 [19:27]
I. Presto [04:53]
II. Largo e mesto [07:15]
III. Menuetto: Allegro [02:36]
IV. Rondo: Allegro [04:42]

11-13. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C Sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 [15:04]
I. Adagio sostenuto [05:13]
II. Allegretto [02:20]
III. Presto agitato [07:30]
Recorded ∙ 15 September 1959 ∙ Besançon ∙ Théâtre Municipal ∙ Radiodiffusion-Télévision Francaise ∙ Live Recording

14-17. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 [21:42]
I. Allegro con brio [07:25]
II. Adagio [06:14]
III. Scherzo: Allegro [02:50]
IV. Allegro assai [05:11]
Recorded ∙ 12 December 1953 ∙ Ludwigsburg ∙ Schloss Ordenssaal ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

CD 2

1-3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 [21:15]
I. Allegro con brio [08:50]
II. Introduzione: Adagio molto (attacca) [03:17]
III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo [09:08]

4-7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106 [37:24]
I. Allegro [11:49]
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace [02:36]
III. Adagio sostenuto [15:24]
IV. Introduzione: Largo – Fuga: Allegro risoluto [10:27]

8. Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 142, D. 935 [08:54]
Recorded ∙ 12 December 1953 ∙ Ludwigsburg ∙ Schloss Ordenssaal ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

Bonus:
9. Brahms: Waltz No. 1 in B major – Tempo giusto, from 16 Waltzes, Op. 39 [00:48]
10. Brahms: Waltz No. 2 in E major. Attacca, from 16 Waltzes, Op. 39 [01:10]
11. Brahms: Waltz No. 6 in C-sharp major. Vivace, from 16 Waltzes, Op. 39 [00:59]

Recorded ∙ 02 December 1959 ∙ Stuttgart ∙ Liederhalle ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

Article number: MC 1030 ∙ Double CD
UPC barcode: 791154054062
Recording dates: 1953-1959
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: CD 1: 73:27 ∙ CD 2: 72:36

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Gerhard Melchert Collection
With special thanks to Dr. Reinhard Niemann and Gerhard Melchert
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic