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Jed Distler, February 2020

The first “official” release of three South German Radio broadcasts featuring pianist Wilhelm Backhaus often proves illuminating, not only for the improved sound in comparison to previous bootleg incarnations, but also in how the performances differ from the pianist’s contemporaneous studio versions for Decca, especially the three sonatas encompassing a 1953 all-Beethoven Ludwigsburg recital.

…This release should appeal to Backhaus admirers. © 2020 Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, July 2019

Big-hearted, powerful, grand performances of Beethoven and Brahms from a past master of the piano. © 2019 Gramophone

Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, July 2018

For the Beethoven Emperor Concerto in 1962 he [Backhaus] was accompanied by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony and Joseph Keilberth. If you know the May 1953 Vienna recording with Krauss and the live broadcasts from later in the decade such as the Cologne Radio traversal of 1956, you’ll find the Keilberth to be pretty standard. There are a few slips, instrumentally, but the conductor takes care to balance the winds so that important cues are always audible. It’s a forthright, laudable reading all-round. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, April 2018

The sound quality throughout is astoundingly clear within a marvellous acoustic and correctly balanced from top to bottom, effortlessly handling the tuttis. Backhaus’ performances are all in the grand manner, once accepted and expected, now a thing of the past. © 2018 The WholeNote Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2018

In these live recordings which he made when he was 69, 75 and almost 78, Wilhelm Backhaus plays with youthful determination, great force and clarity. In a blind-listening nobody would say that the performer is that old. The live recordings are more spontaneous than the studio productions. The sound restoration has given excellent sonic results. © 2018 Pizzicato

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