Wilhelm Kempff. Acoustic Polydors, Part 2

Courtesy of Ward Marston’s vast collection, but transfered exclusively on my equipment this time, here are some more of the earliest recordings by pianist Wilhelm Kempff. I still haven’t located the acoustic Beethoven Waldstein and Op. 101 Sonatas, and a number of singles, but I do have the Beethoven Concerto No. 1, which I will upload soon. I’ve duplicated Polydor 65700, because Ward’s copy doesn’t have the violent warp that causes some bumps on my previous transfer. The Mendelssohn record may be the only repertory from this period that Kempff never re-recorded.

Beethoven: Sonata in Ab, Op. 26
Polydor 66041/3 (matr. 1737 1/2as, 1738/42as)

Beethoven: Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90
Polydor 62491 (10″) (matr. 3311/2ar) and
66039 (12″)(matr. 1719/20as)

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D (from WTC, Bk. 1)

Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C#(from WTC, Bk. 1)

Polydor 65699 (matr. 1093 1/2as, 1094as)

Bach: Italian Concerto, mvt. 3: Presto
Bach-Kempff: Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29
(Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir)

Polydor 65700 (matr. 1095as, 1098 1/2as)

Beethoven: Rondo in G, Op. 51, No. 2
Polydor 66040 (matr. 1721as, 1722 1/2as)

Mendelssohn: Capriccio in E minor, Op. 16
Mendelssohn: Two Songs without words:

Op. 102, #5 (The Joyous Peasant) and

Op. 62, #6 (Spring Song)

Polydor 66044 (matr. 1743 1/2as, 1746as)

Gluck-Brahms: Gavotte from Iphegenie en Aulide
Bach-Kempff: Siciliano from Flute Sonata in Eb, BWV 1031

Polydor 66045 (matr. 1747as, 1748 1/2as)

Beethoven discs recorded late 1924 or early 1925. Dates unknown for the rest, but some of the others here are close to those matrix numbers

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