Incl: A.Ciccolini • A.DeGroote • M.Houstoun • G.Kladetzky • G.Pludermacher • J.B.Pommier • R.Sherman • K.Shimizu • R.Silverman • T.Sonoda II • R.Taub • Y.Yokoyama
Takahiro Sonoda II
1993 - 1996- Evica
Available in 12 individual volumes from Japan.
1994 - 1996 - Morrison Music Trust
Kiwi-Beethoven on a Steinway D. Still available in four volumes from the Music Trust itself and sources in New Zealand (Triton Music Ltd.) Available internationally through digital distribution via iTunes music store, emusic.com and the Naxos digital music library.
1991 - 1997 - Erato
1993 - 1997 - GM Recordings
Availability: Most of the five volumes are still available; the complete set isn't. Available used or imported outside the US.
1994 - 1997 - Vox
Availability: In five volumes, spottily available. Volume four seems completely oop.
1995 - 1997 - Sony (Japan)
Out of print as a set with individual copies hard to find at HMV.co.jp.
1998 - Transart live
Live recordings from the National Music Conservatory Reims on a Steinway with a fourth, "harmonic", pedal.
Availability: Pricey on CDs but incredibly cheap ($16 for the 10 CD set) as mp3 downloads.
1985 - 1999 - Bongiovanni / Cascavelle
Availability: Looks like it has already been discontinued outside Germany and France, just two years after re-issue.
19?? - 1998 - Koch Schwann
Only in the UK do seem (some of) the individual volumes still be available on the used CD market.
1998 - Naxos (BeNeLux), Solal
Availability: Originally recorded (at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire) for Naxos, but deleted when they closed their Benelux branch. Just now re-issued by Solal.
Younwha Lee ( 이연화 )
1994 - 1999? - Sony (Korea)
Two volumes of 5 CDs each. Availability: Made for—and sold on—the Korean market.
1998- 1999 - Sony (Japan)
Availability: Made for—and sold on—the Japanese market. Available used and as imports, though.
1999 - Orpheum Masters
Recorded 'into' and then reproduced from a Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano. Read about the process here.
This listing of all Beethoven Sonata Cycles will continue as more sets reach completion or as I find more information about sets already completed.* There are certainly plenty sets under way that should or may reach completion soon: Among them Angela Hewitt (Hyperion), Igor Tchetuev (Caro Mitis), Jonathan Biss (Onyx), Paavali Jumppanen (Ondine), Yusuke Kikuchi (Triton) et al. I will also add a selection of historically important attempted cycles that were never finished but include >20 sonatas. That would add Rudolf Serkin (CBS, 10 sonatas missing), Bruce Hungerford (Vanguard / Piano Classics, also 10 sonatas missing), Emil Gilels (DG, opp.2/1, 14/1, 54, 78, 111), and Glenn Gould (CBS/Sony, opp.7, 22, 49, 53, 79, 81a, 90 missing, op.106 separate, opp.7 [partly], 49/1, 101 available on CBC recordings).
* If you count, as I did, Backhaus II and Arrau II as complete, despite one and two (respectively) missing sonatas. I do not count Walter Gieseking (tapes of 4, 5, 7, 20, 22 for a radio cycle are lost, a studio cycle for EMI was missing seven sonatas when he died), Wilhelm Kempff "0" (Polydor, opp.2/3, 22, 27/1, 28, 31/2, 101 missing).
The (Great) Incomplete Cycles
Part 1: 1935 - 1969
Part 2: 1967 - 1974
Part 3: 1977 - 1989
Part 4: 1990 - 1996
Part 6: 2000 - 2005
Part 7: 2006 - 2009
Ronald Brautigam Special
Part 8: 2010 - 2013
Part 9: 2014 - onward
If you have additional information about recording dates, availability, cover art -- or corrections and additions -- your input is much appreciated. | Ed. 22/08/2014 Thanks to Mark Norton for finding the very well hidden US Amazon link to the Robert Silverman set!
This survey is meant to list all complete sets of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas and their availability in different markets, not to review them.
Discographies on ionarts: Bach Organ Cycles | Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX | Bruckner Symphony Cycles | Dvořák Symphony Cycles | Shostakovich Symphony Cycles | Dvořák Symphony Cycles | Sibelius Symphony Cycles