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Beethoven: Complete works (not just piano) for $50 USD

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  1. Terez

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    Complete Works of Beethoven - 87 CDs!

    Interesting - didn't Schiff do the complete piano sonatas? I wonder if all the sonatas in the box set are his, or just a few. I only recognize a few names on the list of performers:

    PERFORMING ARTISTS:
    Theo Adam
    Herbert Blomstedt
    Rudolf Buchbinder
    Phyllis Bryn-Johnson
    Michael Gielen
    Conrad von der Goltz
    Richard Hickox
    Wolfgang Holzmair
    Elizabeth Leonskaja
    Vitalij Marguilis
    Yehudi Menuhin
    Carlos Moerdijk
    Kurt Moll
    Anton Nanut
    Peter Oswald
    Ian Partridge
    Hermann Prey
    Svjatoslav Richter
    Kurt Rydl
    Andreas Schiff
    Peter Shreier
    Christian Tetzlaff
    Dubravka Tomsic
    Emmy Verhey
    Deborah Voigt

    But if anyone is looking for an affordable Beethoven collection, this looks like a good deal. I paid $100 for a complete Chopin box set and that was only 13 CDs.
     
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    I can´t imagine, that Andras Schiff has put there all of his new Beethoven-recordings, because he sells them for much money (always 6 sonatas or so per CD for 20-30 Euro per CD I believe to remember). That´s the reason, because I don´t buy them. It´s really barefaced IMO. He seems to be a good businessman. :lol:
     
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    Yes, it did seem rather far-fetched even without knowing that Schiff doesn't have a box set. It might just be one sonata. Or a concerto. Who knows? It might be Für Elise. :lol:
     
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    You Have Been Ripped Off :lol:
     
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    Yeah, I know...but that was several years ago. What's really lame about it is that I bought a set for my mother, as well, and I'd never have done that if I had a computer (which I didn't, then).
     
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    Yes, or the "Wut über den verlorenen Groschen" (engl."Anger about the lost penny" or so, my free translation :lol: ), because he does not earn much money with that CD-box. :lol:
     
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    I think it is commonly translated as "Rage over a lost penny". What a waste of time, by the time Beethoven composed the piece, I bet he could've easily found the lost penny or just asked some passer-by for a penny. Hell, I would've gave him a penny if I was living then.
     
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    I have never really been all that big of a Beethoven fan, in general, despite the fact that I rank him pretty high among composers for keyboard instruments. Not anything like I am for Chopin and Bach anyway. I love certain things by Beethoven, but overall, especially in the piano stuff, I find him to be just a bit too angsty, blocky, etc. - the voicing of his piano parts often seems awkward to me, and not very balanced, contrapuntally.

    I'm working on the Op. 110 (slowly) and though I like it a lot, I still have these issues with the way Beethoven writes, sometimes.

    I also dislike the Classical-era tendency to return to dominant-tonic so often in the harmony. The longer, more dramatically developed phrases were more common before the late 18th century, and I find that I like the way those long, asymmetrical phrases were more closely integrated into the Classical-era forms when they returned in the 19th century.
     

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