Post by Bozo
I'd stick with Arrau on Sonatas 2 and 3, and Richter on 1 and 2. In fact, I like Kempff's 3 enormously, even >though he doesn't own the beefy sonority I like in my Brahms.
I have Richter's Decca cd of 1987 Brahms 1 and 2 in Italy which I think is great, and Kempff's 3 in a 1969 London recital on BBC Legends ,likewise excellent. Are those recordings among the recordings you are recommending ? TIA.
In my Richter Complete DG/Decca box there's also a 1988 recording in Tours, France. I'll have to rehear this one and the 1986 Mantua recital you mentioned to remember which I find better: when I did a compared listening one of them was marginally more to my taste. Will update you soon.
He also did a RCA recording of no. 1 (Hasselburg, July 10, 1988), released coupled with some Liszt pieces. This one I haven't heard yet, but it's there in the complete Sony/RCA/Columbia box.
(BTW it's a cool thing he left aside the only Brahms sonata all the others played! I find Richter's take on repertoire choice pure genius, even when it goes against my personal choices...)
The Kempff Brahms 3 I'm talking about is a studio matter for Decca later reissued by DG (in that out-of-print Original Masters 1950s Brahms & Schumann box set). I think it's the same recording included in the more recent all-Brahms Australian Decca Eloquence release as part of 2 double sets. Conflicting information around as to whether this is mono or stereo, though.