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Wilhelm Kempff, Pt. 3. First Recording & Various Rarities

I promised some more Wilhelm Kempff, and among these offerings is something very special, his first recording (pictured above), from c. 1920. There is an oft repeated story of how, in the Beethoven Bagatelle Kempff struck a wrong note, and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Wilhelm Kempff. Acoustic Polydor Recordings, Part 1

I first got to know Wilhelm Kempff’s playing from his second complete Beethoven Sonata cycle, as did many who grew up the in 1960s, along with the always available and essential Schnabel, of course. Only later did I become familiar … Continue reading

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