Georg Kulenkampff: Milestones of a Legend | Documents 600416

Georg Kulenkampff: Milestones of a Legend

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600416

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 10th November 2017

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Georg Kulenkampff (*1898 in Bremen, †1948 in Schaffhausen) made music history, when he performed the premiere of Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto.

Clara Schumann had put a one-hundred-year ban on the piece, as the composer’s mental illness was supposedly apparent in this work. The great violinist Joseph Joachim, to whom the concerto was dedicated, thought it difficult to play. It was only in 1937 that the first premiere in Berlin was made possible by an agreement with Schumann’s heirs. The conductor was Karl Böhm.

As Kulenkampff and Böhm were under contract with competing companies, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt took over the direction of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the recording. But also the German premiere of the Sibelius Concerto – under Furtwängler – and the premiere of the Flury Concerto are included in this 10-CD documentation, which presents the first general overview on the art of this important German violinist. Kulenkampff died of virus encephalitis after an injection with a poorly disinfected syringe at not even fifty years of age.

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