Kempff plays Mozart Vol.2 | Australian Eloquence ELQ4806648

Kempff plays Mozart Vol.2

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4806648

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 18th November 2013

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All of Kempff’s post-war recordings of Mozart on two 2CD sets. The first comprises five piano concertos, while the second brings together three piano concertos, two sonatas and two Fantasias. The naturalness, expressive freedom, freshness and spontaneity of the music-making will always be treasured.
 
Great performances, like great music, transcend history. Wilhelm Kempff, in his Mozart recital for DG in 1962 achieves miracles of beauty by means which are now frowned upon in certain circles but which are an object lesson in great piano-playing and great music-making: in phrasing at every level, in melodic inflection, finesse of rubato, pianistic colour as an agent of structure, in pedalling.’ - Piano

The timbral bite and delicious registral differentiation characterising Lubin’s instruments was replicated on a modern grand piano when Wilhelm Kempff sat down to record a ravishing Mozart recital for DG in 1962 . . . Trills, turns and roulades caress the ear to the point where issues of “correct” style are irrelevant, while few pianists match the rhythmic kick of Kempff’s rolled chords in the Rondo alla turca. It’s also refreshing to hear the Fantasias (in D minor and C minor) sound more like unpressured improvisations than tortured soliloquies.’ - Gramophone

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