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William Kapell


William Kapell was perhaps one of the most promising American pianists from the postwar era, producing a couple of recordings which have attained legendary position after his untimely loss of life. He examined in NY with Dorothea Anderson la Follett, and on the Philadelphia Conservatory with Olga Samaroff. He visited the Juilliard College when she relocated there. He gained the Philadelphia Orchestra’s youngsters competition as well as the Naumberg Prize in 1941. He debuted in NY through his award in the Naumberg Base; this debut recital gained him the city Hall Award for the excellent concert of the entire year by an musician under 30. A nationwide recital profession quickly developed, resulting in a recording agreement with RCA Victor’s Crimson Seal records. One of is own enthusiasms was for the lately constructed Piano Concerto in D level main by Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian, which he often played. Since it can be an extroverted and flashy function, he obtained a popularity as an expert in such music. His documented legacy implies that he performed in the correct style from elegant renditions of Mozart to effective Prokofiev. After Globe Battle II, he extended his touring to pay the world. It had been on his come back from a tour of Australia that his aircraft crashed into King’s Hill near SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA.

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Full Name William Kapell
Died October 29, 1953, Half Moon Bay, California, United States
Profession Pianist
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs God Save the Queen, Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade, Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune, Songs without Words, Op. 67: The Shepherd's Complaint, No. 5, Children's Corner - No.6: Golliwog's Cakewalk, Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A Minor, S. 244/11, III. Allegro brillante, Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514, Mazurka, Op.68, No.3 in F, Kinderszenen, No. 1, Op. 15: About Foreign Lands and People, Piano Sonata: Andante sostenuto, Nocturne in E flat major, op.55 no.2, Toccata ostinato, Andante; Allegro, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: I. Allegro con brio, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43: Variation XVIII: Andante cantabile, III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo, Waltz in E-Flat, Op. 18, Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March": Marche funèbre, Mazurka, Op. 6, No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Mazurka in A minor, op. 17/4, Children's Corner: The Snow Is Dancing, I. Allegro maestoso, Nocturne in B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1, Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op. 30 : Allegro ma non tanto, Iberia Suite for Orchestra: Book I, No. 1: Evocación, Concerto No. 3 in C, Op.26: Andante; Allegro, II. Tema con variazioni, Prelude in C-sharp minor, op. 3 no. 2, Suite in A Minor, BWV 818: Courante, Pictures at an Exhibition: Il vecchio castello, 18 German Dances and Ecossaises, D. 783: No. 6 in B-Flat Major
Albums reDiscovered, William Kapell Edition, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 8: Frick Collection Recital: Copland: Sonata; Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Piano Music, Prokofiev, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Khachaturian, A.I.: Piano Concerto (Kapell) (1946, 1949), William Kapell, Vol. 1, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Schubert: Waltzes and Dances (Kapell)(1946-1952), Chopin, F.: Mazurkas (Kapell) (1951-1952), Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini (Kapell) (1950-1951), William Kapell Edition, Volume 1: Mazurkas, William Primrose Collection, Vol. 2: Brahms, Beethoven Concierto No 2, William Kapell in Performance (1949, 1953), Dimitri Mitropoulos & William Kapell Play Johannes Brahms, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 3: Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Shostakovich: 3 Preludes, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 5: Beethoven: Concerto No.2; Schubert; Liszt; Schumann; Brahms, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 1: Chopin: Mazurkas, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 6: Bach: Partita No.4; Suite in A Minor; Debussy: Children's Corner; Scarlatti; Mozart; Albéniz; Chasins, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 2: Chopin: Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3; Mendelssohn; Schumann; Mozart, William Kapell Edition, Volume 4: Khachaturian Concerto / Prokofiev Concerto No. 3, William Kapell Edition, Vol. 7: Heifetz; Primrose; Kurtz; Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3; Viola Sonata No.1; Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata, Chopin: 17 Mazurkas (Mono Version), William Kapell: Complete Recordings 1944 - 1953, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 52: William Kapell, Broadcast and Concert Performances, 1944-1952, Rachmaninov & Khachaturian: Piano Concertos (1944, 1951), William Kapell Edition, Vol. 7: Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19 - Brahms: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No.1 & Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op. 108, Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Four Chopin Mazurkas (Mono Version)

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