Artur Schnabel Plays Beethoven

As a little kid, many years ago, I used to hear my parents talk about Artur Schnabel. And believe me when I share with you, that he was talked about as though he was a “G-d” of some sort.


On this recording we hear him play the Beethoven sonatas that carry titles such as “Moonlight”, and also the piano concerto number 5.


Schnabel plays the following:


Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 ‘Pastorale’
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’
Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’

And the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Frederick Stock conducting.

Here is Artur Schnabel, playing the Brahms Intermezzo Op. 117-1:

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