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Wilhelm Backhaus


Wilhelm Backhaus was created in Leipzig, Germany, on March 26, 1884. He produced a concert debut there at age eight, and examined on the Leipzig Conservatory with Reckendorf. In 1899 he still left Leipzig to review with Eugène d’Albert in Frankfurt am Primary. He made a significant debut tour in 1900 and quickly obtained a fine popularity as a new player so when a instructor. His American debut was on January 5, 1912, in NY, playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 with Walter Damrosch and the brand new York Symphony Orchestra. In 1930 he transferred to Lugano and obtained Swiss citizenship. Backhaus set up a teaching profession there and continuing to create concert travels throughout his extended life. His last U.S. appearance is at NY in 1962, at age group 78; testimonials judged that his power had been undiminished. He passed away on July 5, 1969, in Villach, Austria, where he previously gone to create a concert appearance. Specifically during the afterwards stage of his profession, he had an amazingly high reputation being a pianist whose devotion towards the composer’s motives was total and unselfish. His shows were within the classic type of the ones that strove to provide the music in a single broadly seen arc of idea and reasoning, embracing not only single motions but entire functions. His recorded result runs from Mozart through the primary Classical and Passionate repertoire. It isn’t unexpected that his function was particularly superb when he experienced those composers who constructed large-scale, logically built classical works, such as for example Beethoven and Brahms; in mention of his recordings of such functions, conditions like “magisterial,” “exemplary,” and “immediate” have frequently been utilized by reviewers. Past due in his existence he had become seen as a Beethoven professional, and he documented virtually the complete corpus of key pad works of this master, in addition to extensive sets of Brahms and Mozart, and functions by Schumann, Grieg, Chopin, and Liszt, including concertos and single functions. He also produced some chamber music recordings, notably of Brahms’ cello sonatas with Pierre Fournier, along with a significant account from the Schubert “Trout” Quintet.

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Full Name Wilhelm Backhaus
Died July 5, 1969, Villach, Austria
Profession Pianist
Education University of Music and Theatre Leipzig
Nationality German
Albums Brahms, J.: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Backhaus) (1952), Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 / Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27, Beethoven: Concerto pour piano No. 5 "Empereur" (Mono Version), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Solo Piano Works, Chopin - Etudes Op. 10 And 25, Chopin: Piano Music (1907-1943), Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14, "Moonlight", and 29, "Hammerklavier" (1956), Chopin Recital, Beethoven: Concerto pour piano No. 5 (Mono Version), Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 27, K595, Wilhelm Backhaus (1956 - 1964), Wilhelm Backhaus Live in Vienna, Beethoven, L. Van: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, The Art of Joseph Keilberth, Pianoforte (Live Version), Piano Masterpieces: Wilhelm Backhaus Plays Beethoven (Remastered 2015), Beethoven Sonata No.30 In E Major, Op.109 & Chopin Sonata In B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ('Funeral March'), Ludwig Van Beethoven Moonlight And Pathétique Sonatas, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Wilhelm Backhaus play: Johannes Brahms: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2, Brahms: Piano Music (Backhaus) (1929-1936), The Last Recital: Ossiach, June 28 1969, Brahms: Piano Pieces, Brahms Concerto No 1, Classical SoundScapes For Film, Vol. 14, Wilhelm Backhaus plays (1950, 1961), Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Op. 28 "Pastorale", Op. 31,3, Op. 53 "Waldstein" & Op. 109 , Wilhelm Backhaus, Piano (First Master Release , stereo live recording from the Berlin Philharmonie , April 18, 1969), Wilhelm Backhaus, Vol. 3, Récital (Live, Mono Version), Beethoven: Sonates pour piano Nos. 3 & 17 "La tempête" (Mono Version), Klaviersonaten, Brahms: Solo Piano Works (Backhaus) (1932-1936), Live Concerts: Carnegie Hall, 1954 & Lugano, 1953, Piano Concerto no. 3 & Sonatas, Emperor Concerto, Beethoven, Chopin: Etudes, Franz Schubert : Moments musicaux D.780 - Robert Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 - Ludwig Beethoven : Piano Sonata No.21, Op.53, Wilhelm Backhaus, Vol. 2, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Carnegie Hall Encores, Etudes, Live at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 - Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, The World Of The Great Classics Volume 1, Wilhelm Backhaus in New York: Live Recordings From Carnegie Hall, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Wilhelm Backhaus spielen: Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 4, EloDokumente:Beethoven Klavierkonzerte 4 & 5, Beethoven Sonatas No 3 & 17, Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 31 and 32, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin, Beethoven: Concerto pour piano No. 5, Op. 73 (Mono Version)

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