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Wilhelm Kempff - The Solo Repertoire [Limited Edition 35CD Box Set] (2012)

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Wilhelm Kempff - The Solo Repertoire [Limited Edition 35CD Box Set] (2012)Artist: Wilhelm Kempff
Title Of Album: The Solo Repertoire
Year Of Release: 2012
Label (Catalog#): Deutsche Grammophon
Country: Germany
Genre: Classical / Piano
Quality: FLAC (*image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 39:52:15
Full Size: 8.82 Gb

Kempff was born in J?terbog in Brandenburg in 1895. His father - also called Wilhelm - was organist and chorus master in the town's St Nicholas's Church, but in 1899 he was appointed to the post of Royal Director of Music and Kantor at St Nicholas's Church in Potsdam, where, as organist, he found it only natural to introduce his son to the instrument. His son's later work as an organist is documented here by excerpts from an emotionally charged concert that he gave in 1954 to inaugurate the Klais organ in the World Peace Memorial Cathedral in Hiroshima.
Kempff's love of the organ may also help to explain why the works of Johann Sebastian Bach occupied such an important place in his repertory: after all, the Thomaskantor's music is not only every organist's bread and butter but also a source of untold pleasure. And it was entirely in the spirit of improvisatory organists that Kempff played the Aria from the Goldberg Variations in Hanover in 1969, performing the theme with a freedom that makes it already sound like the opening variation. Listeners familiar with the Goldberg Variations from the highly virtuosic perspective of a pianist like Glenn Gould (1955) or from the far more ascetic approach of performers interested in historical authenticity (Kempff himself always found harpsichord recitals "tedious") will enjoy Kempff's subtle, radiant and even opulent tone, to say nothing of his use of portato and legato.

Kempff's father was very keen for his son to receive an all-round musical education, and a substantial part in this training was played by the court pianist Karl Heinrich Barth and by Robert Kahn, who taught composition in Berlin. The young Kempff was ten when he started lessons with them. By the 1920s he was already so successful as a composer that Wilhelm Furtw?ngler took it upon himself to give the first performance of his Second Symphony. His extensive work-list includes contributions to every existing genre. But it was his Bach transcriptions that have proved the most enduring. The chorale preludes are particularly affecting by dint of their unpretentious simplicity. Kempff was a master of the art of creating organ-like registrations on the piano, bringing out the principal voices, ensuring that the secondary voices were never over-prominent and modulating the sound of the piano in as varied a manner as possible. That he was also a master of counterpoint may be judged from the Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier that he recorded in 1975 and 1980...

CD 1: Bach. Goldberg Variations
CD 2: Bach. The Well-Tempered Clavier I
CD 3: Bach. The Well-Tempered Clavier II
CD 4: Bach. English Suite, BWV 808 / Capriccio, BWV 992
CD 5: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 4
CD 6: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 3 & 5 - 7
CD 7: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 8 - 11
CD 8: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 12 - 15
CD 9: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 16 - 19
CD 10: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 20 - 24
CD 11: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 25 - 27 & 29
CD 12: Beethoven. Sonatas Nos. 28 & 30 - 32
CD 13: Beethoven. Bagatelles, Variations, Rondos Etc.
CD 14: Beethoven. Variations
CD 15: Brahms. Handel Variations, Sonata No. 3, Scherzo, Op. 4
CD 16: Brahms. Ballades, Piano Pieces, Rhapsodies
CD 17: Brahms. Fantasias, Intermezzos, Piano Pieces
CD 18: Chopin. Sonata No. 2, Impromptus Etc.
CD 19: Chopin. Sonata No. 3, Ballade No. 3, Etc.
CD 20: Liszt. Annees De Pelerinage, Deux Legendes
CD 21: Mozart. Sonatas K. 331 & 310, Fantasias K. 397 & 475
CD 22: Schubert. Sonata D 960, Five Piano Pieces
CD 23: Schubert. Sonata D 958 & 959
CD 24: Schubert. Sonata D 894 & 850
CD 25: Schubert. Sonata D 845, 840 & 784
CD 26: Schubert. Sonata D 664, 625 & 575
CD 27: Schubert. Sonata D 568, 557 & 566
CD 28: Schubert. Sonata D 537, 279 & 157
CD 29: Schubert. Moments Musicaux, Impromptus
CD 30: Schubert. "Wanderer-Fantasie" D 760, Piano Pieces D 946, Etc.
CD 31: Schumann. Papillons, Davidsbundlertanze, Carnaval
CD 32: Schumann. Symphonic Etudes, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana
CD 33: Schumann. Fantasia, Op. 17, Humoreske, Op. 20 Etc.
CD 34: Schumann. Sonata No. 2, Nachtstucke Etc.
CD 35: Wilhelm Kempff. Piano & Speaker. Bonus Disk

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