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Fur Elise - Kempff Transcriptions and Encores
Fur Elise - Kempff Transcriptions and Encores (Decca 480 1288)
SKU: 14949
Price:
AU $8.95

  
Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 1288 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1
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Kempff's Baroque pedigree stemmed from the influence of his father, also named Wilhelm Kempff, and his grandfather Cantor Friedrick Kempff, both of whom were organists, and who taught the budding prodigy much of the organ's core repertoire. In fact, Kempff's youthful debut as an organist took place before his first recital as a pianist in 1907. With help from the great German violinist Joseph Joachim, the nine-year-old Kempff was awarded two scholarships at the Berlin Hochschule: one in composition with Robert Kahn, the other studying piano with Heinrich Barth, who also taught Arthur Rubinstein.

While most of Wilhelm Kempff's recordings were made for Deutsche Grammophon, his early Decca LPs and EPs are collector's items. Here issued internationally on CD for the first time is the LP of his Bach recital coupled with a delicious record of miniatures by Couperin, Rameau and Beethoven, including the latter's ubiquitous Fur Elise. In his liner notes, Jed Distler compares Kempff's arrangements of Bach with those of Busoni, and his performances with those of Hess and others. 'Fur Elise gently soars from Kempff's fingers in full-throated, legato arcs that might convince you that the piano has lungs in addition to hammers and strings,' he writes, and concludes, 'The warm, naturally balanced and timbrally true sonic image typical of Decca's piano recordings of this vintage only enhance Kempff's singular artistry. Whatever one makes of his style, his spirit defines authenticity.'

"...excellently recorded programme of arrangements made by Kempff himself..." - Gramophone.

A Decca Eloquence CD.

Artists: Wilhelm Kempff (piano).
Composers: JS Bach, Beethoven, Couperin, Handel, Rameau.
Tracks:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)

1

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903
2Nunn komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659
(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)
3Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
(from Cantata BWV147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben)

(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)
4Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727
(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)
5In dulci jubilio, BWV729
(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)
6Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein
(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)
7Siciliano
(from Flute Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, BWV1031)

(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)
8Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme
(from Cantata BWV140: Watchet auf! ruft uns die Stimme)

(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)

9

Air con variazioni 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'
(from Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV430)
10 Minuet
(from Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in B flat , HWV434)

(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)

FRANCOIS COUPERIN 'LE GRAND' (1668-1733)

11

Le carillon de Cythere
(from Pieces de clavecin - Troisieme livre - 14e order)

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)

12

Le Rappel des Oiseaux
(from Premier livre de pieces de clavecin - Suite in E minor, 1724 rev. 1731)

(arr. Wilhelm Kempff)

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

13

Bagatelle in C minor WoO52
14Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 14949
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 1288
Price: AU $8.95   
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