這套13CD的精美發行完整收錄德國鋼琴大師Wilhelm Kempff在DECCA的錄音大全集.最珍貴的是其中Rameau, Brahms, Bach的錄音從未以CD發行過.此外更由另一位鋼琴大師布蘭德爾(Alfred Brendel)撰寫解說冊,更添收藏價值!最完整的收錄,最精美的原始封面印刷封套收納版.最精心製作的解說冊!
Wilhelm Kempff is known, with good reason, as a Beethoven interpreter of sublime simplicity, with several cycles of the concertos and sonatas to his credit, all of them recorded for DG. However, he began recording as early as 1918 and made records for Polydor before the war, as well as for Decca during the 1950s. While his DG recordings have rarely been out of the catalogue, his legacy on other labels has never been so comprehensively documented as it is on this newly remastered set from Eloquence.
Offered as a ‘historical’ appendix are Kempff’s Polydor recordings of Beethoven sonatas with like-minded and recreative partners including the violinist Georg Kulenkampff (the ‘Kreutzer’) and the cellists Pablo Casals (Cello Sonata Op. 5 No. 1) and Paul Grümmer (Cello Sonata Op. 69), better known as a long-standing member of the Busch Quartet. These pre-war and mid-war recordings, newly remastered, add significantly to our understanding of Kempff as an artist of extraordinarily wide sympathies and imagination.
The same could be said of his Decca legacy, which in its complete form should dispel the tenacious myth that he was first and foremost a Beethoven pianist. In 1950 he began recording the solo music of Brahms in the 78 era, with repertoire which he then recorded again in 1953 for LP. In the 1953 sessions he also recorded the composer’s late piano music, which is touched with an elusive grace that very few pianists find as surely as Kempff. Of interest to many will be previously unpublished material (Rameau, Brahms) as well as Kempff’s first – and extremely rare – recordings for Decca of music by J.S. Bach, receiving their first release on CD.
In the booklet essay for the box, Alfred Brendel explains how he particularly esteems Kempff’s Decca recordings, for the piano sound captured at the company’s studios in West Hampstead in London, and also how he prizes the pianist’s recordings of Liszt above all: ‘truly legendary’. He recalls seeing Kempff play Schubert’s Sonatas D.845, which Decca also captured, as an inspiration for his own subsequent dedication to the composer’s piano sonatas. A pair of Mozart concertos, KV 271 and KV 450, finds Kempff’s phrasing at its most limpid and apparently effortless. His Decca discography concluded in fine style in 1958 with sessions which yielded three LP albums of Chopin.
Several of these recordings have previously appeared in previous sets dedicated to Kempff but this is the first complete survey of his Decca legacy. Combined with the rare pre-war recordings, new remasterings and detailed editorial support (including a discographical essay by Michael Gray and one by the late Michael Steinberg), this set of Wilhelm Kempff will attract the attention of all pianophiles. ‘When he is at his best, he plays more beautifully than any of us.’ (Alfred Brendel)
J.S. Bach; Handel; Couperin; Rameau; Beethoven; Brahms
J.S. BACH Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903; Chorale-Preludes (arr. Kempff)
MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 15
SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas Nos. 16 & 21
SCHUMANN Papillons; Arabeske; Piano Concerto
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2; Impromptus; Berceuse; Barcarolle; Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3; Scherzo No. 3
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3; Ballade No. 3; Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante; Fantaisie; Polonaise-Fantaisie
LISZT Années de pèlerinage (excerpts); Deux Légendes
LISZT Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2
BRAHMS Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Intermezzi, Op. 117; Klavierstücke, Op. 118
BRAHMS Ballades, Op. 10; Klavierstücke, Op. 76; Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Intermezzi, Op. 117
BRAHMS Fantasias, Op. 116; Klavierstücke, Op. 119
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata, Op. 5 No. 1
Cello Sonata, Op. 69
Violin Sonata Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’