Wilhelm Kempff ∙ Piano Recitals in France 1954-1962 ∙ 2CD


Wilhelm Kempff made his first appearance in France in September 1916, not as a performer for a French audience, but rather as a pianist entertaining German soldiers stationed at the western frontline. He held concerts in various venues, including theaters, churches, and cathedrals, alongside violinist Georg Kulenkampff. Kempff’s public debut in France occurred relatively late in his career, in 1938 when he was 42 years old. He was immediately highly regarded by French critics, who saw him as the epitome of a German pianist, exhibiting mastery over the works of composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms. He regularly performed in France almost every year until 1981, enchanting audiences and filling concert halls. Kempff was a frequent guest at major French music festivals held in Aix-en-Provence, Besançon, Menton, Prades, Saint-Malo, and Strasbourg. Our double album features two recitals from these esteemed festivals. On 18 March 1981, he bid farewell to his French audience, presenting his final concert in the country at the prestigious Salle Pleyel in Paris.

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WILHELM KEMPFF Piano Recitals in France 1954-1962

CD 1

MOZART: Piano Sonata No 11 in A Major, KV 331
SCHUMANN: Davidsbündler Tänze, Op 6

Recorded · 07 May 1962 · Besançon · Théâtre municipal · RTF · Live Recording

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 32 in C Minor, Op 111
Recorded · 7 August 1954 · Menton · Place de l’Église Saint-Michel · RTF · Live Recording

CD 2

SCHUMANN: Kreisleriana, Op 16
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D 960

Recorded · 7 August 1954 · Menton · Place de l’Église Saint-Michel · RTF · Live Recording

BACH/KEMPFF Chorale-Prelude ‘In dulci jubilo’, BWV 75

Recorded · 6 December 1948 · Paris · Studio d’essai · RDF · Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1069
UPC barcode: 791154050965
Release date: 1 July 2023
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 79:45 CD1 ∙ 72:30 CD2
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