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Beethoven is the subject of this rare Kempff video from the rich archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's French network. The great "Hammerklavier" Sonata (Op. 106) is here given a truly magisterial performance in which the astonishing complexities of this great work are elucidated in the hands of a supreme Beethoven interpreter. The G Major Rondo, on the other hand, played with elegant simplicity, aptly demonstrates the adage that less is often considerably more.
B&W, 57 minutes, 4:3, All regions
Rondo in G major, Op. 51, No. 2
Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"
Wilhelm Kempff, piano
Originally telecast November 29, 1964
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