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Kempff - The Concerto Recordings [14 CD] Box set


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  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozar, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (April 16, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00ANDVNAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,039 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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)

CD 12
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 )

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on April 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This 14-CD set includes all of Wilhelm Kempff's concerto recordings made for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca. There are doubtless more recordings deriving from radio broadcasts and the like.

After Schnabel, Kempff, who studied with Karl Heinrich Barth, was the principal exponent of the German school of piano performance. Like Schnabel (and unlike many later exponents of that school) Kempff had a beautiful, individual sound. While he was generally faithful to the score, he did not get caught up in details and was not a purist (he occasionally eschewed repeats and doubled bass notes). In these respects, but few others, Kempff was similar to another Barth pupil: Arthur Rubinstein.

Kempff was primarily a pianist of poetry, introspection, and understanding. His technique was reliable, but he was not a virtuoso and never thundered. Kempff appeared to take Terence's dictum to heart: Moderation in all things. Thus, faster movements are never rushed, slow movements are never dragged. This works especially well in Mozart and most of Beethoven - but less so for Liszt.

Kempff recorded nine Mozart concertos and the Concert Rondo, K. 382, in which the pianist skillfully kept the music on a small scale without resorting to the porcelain doll approach. Most of the performances here are beautifully fluid and flexible, reminding me of Mozart's dictum that the music should "flow like oil". However, Concertos 21 and 22, recorded in 1977, suffer from notably tired sounding rondos. Kempff plays his own cadenzas in Concertos 8, 20, 21, 22, & 24, and Mozart's cadenzas in Concertos 9, 23, 27, and the Concerto Rondo, K. 382. Kempff plays his own cadenza in the opening movement of Concerto 15, and his arrangement of Mozart's cadenza in the finale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cesar Lares on September 10, 2013
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a must have , if you already have the solo recordings, this box is mandatory, even if you have previous versions of beethoven 1953 mono cycle or the 61 stereo cycle, these sound even better, im waiting for the chamber music and mono solo piano works, what a pleasure to hear kempff better than ever
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