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Wilhelm Kempff

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Among the twentieth century’s most significant pianists, Wilhelm Kempff present comfort in Beethoven where numerous others discovered just stress and interest. Focusing on the composers from the past due Classical and early-to-middle Intimate periods, Kempff attained graceful, amiable outcomes without neglecting the sterner primary of the music. His nobility of purpose was all over the place evident, made express through lucid textures, an adherence to some moving legato, and tonal shading. Furthermore, he was a composer whose oeuvre included two symphonies, four operas, music, and single piano works. Educated initial by his Lutheran cathedral musician dad, Kempff examined privately before getting into Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik at age group 9. In 1914, he journeyed to Potsdam for even more studies on the Viktoriagymnasium before time for Berlin to complete his just work at the Hochschule and enroll in the college or university. At age group 20, Kempff offered as organist and pianist on the tour of Germany and Scandinavia from the Berlin Cathedral Choir. An effective 1917 piano recital in the Berlin Singakademie resulted in an engagement the next year using the Berlin Philharmonic, the to begin innumerable collaborations with this august ensemble. Through the 1920s and 1930s, he toured SOUTH USA and Japan, in addition to many elements of Europe, increasing his status for uncompromising musicianship and personable interpretation. At exactly the same time, he taught, offering first as movie director in the Stuttgart Musikhochschule from 1924 to 1929 and, later on, as piano trainer at Potsdam’s Mamorpalais for the 10 years before WWII. The battle kept his actions limited to Germany, but using its end, Kempff once again resumed a occupied performance schedule. Britain and America noticed Kempff just later on. In London, the general public, including a lot of German émigrés, applauded him upon his first appearance there in 1951. Not really until 1964 do New York listen to the pianist personally, although at that time his many Deutsche Grammophon recordings got already founded his stature for Us citizens. Indeed, Kempff’s lengthy and successful relationship with this label had taken to the market more information on desirable recordings, included in this the entire Beethoven piano concerti; the sonatas; a calm, but rewarding study with Wolfgang Schneiderhan from the Beethoven violin sonatas; and different series of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Brahms.

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Full Name Wilhelm Kempff
Died May 23, 1991, Positano, Italy
Profession Pianist, Composer
Education Berlin University of the Arts
Nationality German
Children Diana Kempff
Albums Fantasy in C major, Bach: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue / Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 22 / Schubert: 3 Piano Pieces, D946, Beethoven: Concertos pour piano et orchestre Nos. 2 & 4 (Mono Version), Beethoven: Concerto pour piano et orchestre No. 1, Op. 15 (Mono Version), Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 & 2 (Remastered), Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Opp.24 "Spring"& 47 "Kreutzer", Beethoven: The Complete Concertos Vol. 1, Steinway Legends: Wilhelm Kempff, Schubert, Beethoven: Concerto pour piano No. 5, Op. 73 (Mono Version), Grandes Copositores - Mozart - Sinfonia No. 41, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 / Piano Sonata Op.111, Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate für Violine und Klavier No. 9, Op. 47, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, Piano Works, Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5, The Concerto Recordings, Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Beethoven: Piano Concertos, Brahms: Complete Piano Music, Kempff Plays Chopin, Schumann: Humoreske; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana, Beethoven: Piano Trios (Vol.9), Beethoven: 5 Piano Concertos (3 CD's), Kempff Plays Liszt, Beethoven: Klaviertrios (Eloquence), The Best of Beethoven, A Beethoven Piano Weekend, Schubert: Impromptus D 899 & 935 / Moments musicaux D 780 · Piano Sonatas, Kempff: Rarities, Schumann: Fantasie, Op.17 / Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24, Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano And Violin, Schumann / Brahms: Complete 1950s Solo Recordings, Wilhelm Kempff - The Complete 1950s Concerto Recordings, Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas, Beethoven-Sonates pour piano et violon n5 et 9, In mir klingt ein Lied (Eloquence), The Piano Masters: Wilhelm Kempff (1927-1942), Beethoven: Sonates pour piano Nos. 17 & 18 (Mono Version), Beethoven: Sonates pour piano Nos. 15 "Pastorale" & 21 "Waldstein" (Mono Version), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Two Sonatas for Piano, Absolutely Classical Vol. 147, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 "Pathétique", Alfred Brendel vs. Wilhelm Kempff (Compare 2 Versions), The Legend of Kempff (Recorded 1924 -1925), Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3 & 4, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21 & 22, Schubert Impromptus, Kempff, Moonlight Sonata, Pathetique & Appassionata, Brahms: Ballades, Emil Gilels vs. Wilhelm Kempff (Compare 2 Versions), Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 and No.18


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Une exécution ordinaire 2010 performer: "Piano Concerto No. 23, Adagio"
Traffic 2000 performer: "Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor"
The Truman Show 1998 performer: "Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major K. 331 300, Third Movement: Alla Turca"
Shine 1996 performer: "Fast Zu Ernst - Scences From Childhood, Opus 15"
Dead Poets Society 1989 performer: "Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73 'Emperor'"
Romain Rolland 1969 Documentary short performer: "Piano Sonata No. 29 Op. 106 in B flat major "Hammerklavier"", "Piano Sonata No. 30 Op. 109 in E major", "Piano Sonata No. 31 Op. 110 in A flat major"

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