Wilhelm Kempff · Piano Recitals in France 1955-1961 ∙ 2CD


Wilhelm Kempff, an esteemed and renowned pianist of the 20th century, needs no formal introduction. This release marks the second double album of live recordings in France. Kempff’s approach to each composition is that of a master, as he skillfully uncovers the inherent poetry and lyricism within each work. Notably, this album includes Kempff’s interpretations of Liszt’s “Funérailles” and “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este,” which serve as valuable additions to his recorded repertoire.

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WILHELM KEMPFF Piano Recitals in France 1955∙1961

CD 1

HÄNDEL: The Harmonious Blacksmith, HWV 430
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 30 in E Major, Op 109
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A Major, D 664
LISZT: Funérailles, HS 173/7
LISZT: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este, HS 163/4
BRAHMS: 7 Fantasien, Op 116

Recorded ∙ 02 September 1955 ∙ Besançon ∙ Théâtre Municipal ∙ RTF ∙ Live Recording

CD 2

HÄNDEL: Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
BACH/KEMPFF: Siciliano from Flute Sonata, BWV 1031
BACH/KEMPFF: Chorale Wachet auf! from Cantata BWV 140
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 18 in E-flat Major Op 31/3
BRAHMS: Romance in F Major, Op 118, No 5
BRAHMS: Intermezzo in B-flat Minor, Op 117, No 2
BRAHMS: Intermezzo in C Major, Op 119, No 3
SCHUMANN: Études Symphoniques, Op 13

Recorded ∙ 21 July 1961 ∙ Saint-Malo ∙ Casino Municipal ∙ RTF ∙ Live Recording

Article number: MC 1053
UPC barcode: 791154050651
Release date: 14 September 2020
Booklet: 8 Pages
Total timing: 78:08 CD1 ∙  69:18 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2020 Meloclassic

October 2021 ∙ French Diapason ∙ Laurent Muraro ∙ Wilhelm Kempff · Piano Recitals in France 1955∙1961
Le prophète Wilhelm Kempff semble quant à lui toujours flotter au-dessus des eaux dans deux récitals captés à Besançon et Saint-Malo en son âge d’or (1955 et 1961). Du Forgeron de Handel aux Intermezzos du vieux Brahms, tout est marqué du sceau du beau chant et de l’évidence (2 CD, Diapason d’or).
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August 2021 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Wilhelm Kempff · Piano Recitals in France 1955-1961
These live recordings provide a valuable and welcome addition to the pianist’s discography. This 2 disc set comes with exemplary booklet notes, offering some biographical background to the pianist. The well-preserved sources of the recordings offer a pleasant aural experience. These precious documents reveal a pianist of formidable musical intellect and elevated musicianship.
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