Last year it was the Kempff solo recordings which brightened up our winter days at the start of the new year.
Now we can offer, for the first time, a compact 14-CD set of his complete concerto studio recordings. They span from his 1925 recording of Beethovens First Concerto (the first ever to be made of that work) to his visionary 1977 performances of Mozarts Concertos Nos. 21 and 22, now receiving their first international CD release. Unlike the solo recordings set, this edition is non-limited.
Kempff traversed the set of Beethoven Concertos three times in the studio (only No.2 was not set down during the shellac era); all those performances are included in this set.
Theres more Mozart, Brahms and Schumann. In addition, 1950s Decca recordings of two Mozart concertos, the Liszt and Schumann concertos are also featured.
CD 1-2 BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos 1-4 /BP/Leitner (1961)
CD 3 BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto 5 /BP/Leitner (1961);
MOZART: Piano Concerto No.20;
MOZART: Konzertrondo D-Dur K.382 /Dresdner Philharmonie/van Kempen (Berlin, 1941)
CD 4-5 MOZART: Piano Concertos 8, 23, 24, 27/BP/Bamberger Symphoniker/Leitner (1960/1962)
CD 6 MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 22/SOBR/Klee (1977)
CD 7 1-3 SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor; 4-5 SCHUMANN: Konzertstück in G major op.92 /SOBR/Kubelik (recorded 1973)
CD 8-9 BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos nos. 1-3 & no. 5 /BP/van Kempen (1953)
CD 10 BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 /BP/van Kempen (1953);
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor /Staatskapelle Dresden/Konwitschny (1957)
CD 11 MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 15 /Münchinger (Decca, 1953)
1-3 SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor /LSO/Josef Krips Decca (1953);
4-11 LISZT: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 /LSO/Anatole Fistoulari Decca (1954)
CD 13 BEETHOVEN:
1-3 Concerto No. 1 Kempff/Kapelle der Staatsoper, Berlin (first recording of work, September 1925);
4-6 Concerto No. 3 Kempff/Dresdner Philharmonie/Paul van Kempen (June 1942, Berlin)
CD 14 BEETHOVEN:
1-3 Concerto No.4; Orchester des Deutschen Opernhauses Berlin / Paul van Kempen (recorded April 1941);
4-6 Concerto No. 5 Kempff/BP/Peter Raabe (recorded Berlin, Polydor Studios, June 1936 )