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For the Beethoven Fans - Artur Schnabel


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"Artur Schnabel, one of the game-changing pianists of the 20th century and one of the first piano stars of the phonograph, is being celebrated today by the Library of Congress. His recordings of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, made between 1932-1935 and collected in The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, have been entered into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress as an "aural treasure worthy of preservation.


Born in Austria in 1882, the pianist's reputation in Beethoven is just a couple steps removed, literally, from the master himself: Schnabel's teacher, Theodore Leschetizky, learned his craft from Carl Czerny, a pianist who studied under Beethoven. (Schnabel fled the Nazis in 1933, emigrating first to Italy and then the U.S. where he became a citizen in 1944. He died in Switzerland in 1951.)


At a time when not all of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, especially the late ones, were well-known or admired, Schnabel performed them all over Europe and in the U.S., making his first American tour in 1921. Schnabel played all 32 Beethoven Sonatas in Berlin in 1927 and 1933, a first for any pianist. He also played the complete cycle, on consecutive Wednesday nights, at Carnegie Hall in 1936..."




All 32 as performed by Schnabel,






Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas by Artur Schnabel


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My parents have the full recording cycle, which may have been one of the first, if not the first, boxed sets of 12" mono vinyl.


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