He studied in Berlin and Potsdam. He toured widely throughout contintental Europe and much of the rest of the world, but did not make his first London appearance until , and did not play in New York until He gave his last public performance in Paris in and died in Positano, Italy at the age of Considered one of the greatest pianists of 20th century, Wilhelm Kempff is celebrated today for his recordings of Robert Schumann , Johannes Brahms , Schubert, W. Mozart , J.
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Nicolai Church. His grandfather was also an organist and his brother Georg became director of church music at the University of Erlangen. In Kempff moved on to study at the Viktoria gymnasium in Potsdam before returning to Berlin to finish his training. Between and he performed ten times in Japan a small Japanese island was named Kenpu-san in his honor [ citation needed ]. Kempff made his first London appearance in and his first in New York in He died in Positano , Italy, in at the age of 95, five years after his wife, whom he had married in They were survived by seven children.
He also recorded two sets of the complete Beethoven sonatas, one in mono — and the other in stereo — ; earlier, he recorded nearly all on shellac — He recorded the complete Beethoven piano concertos twice as well, both with the Berlin Philharmonic ; the first from the early s in mono with Paul van Kempen , and the later in stereo from the early s with Ferdinand Leitner.
He left recordings of most of his repertory, including the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert. He performed to an advanced age, continuing to give concerts past his eightieth birthday. His association with the Berlin Philharmonic spanned over sixty years. He always strove for a singing, lyrical quality. He avoided extreme tempos and display for its own sake.
The pianist Alfred Brendel has written that Kempff "played on impulse You then would take something home that you never heard elsewhere.
He regards Kempff as the "most rhythmical" of his colleagues. Francis Preaching to the Birds. In , he was co-founder of the summer courses at Marmorpalais Potsdam. In , Kempff founded Fondazione Orfeo today: Kempff Kulturstiftung in the south-Italian city Positano and held his first Beethoven interpretation masterclass at Casa Orfeo, which Kempff had built especially for this reason.
He continued teaching there once a year until His wife died in Like his predecessors Bernd Goetzke is a former participant of the courses in Positano. Composition[ edit ] A lesser-known activity of Kempff was composing. His student İdil Biret has recorded a CD of his piano works. He also prepared a number of Bach transcriptions, including the Siciliano from the Flute Sonata in E-flat major , that have been recorded by Kempff and others.
His opera Famile Gozzi, a comic work in three acts, was written in Autobiography[ edit ] Kempff, Wilhelm. Laaber: Laaber Verlag,
Tutilar His sciliano Famile Gozzia comic work in three acts, was written in He died in PositanoItaly, in at the age of 95, five years after his wife, whom he had married in He left recordings of most of his repertory, including the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert. His grandfather was also an organist and his brother Georg became director of church music at the University of Erlangen. You then would take something slciliano that you never heard elsewhere. As a performer Kempff stressed lyricism and spontaneity in music, particularly effective in intimate pieces or passages. Views Read Edit View history. His sicilino with the Berlin Philharmonic spanned over sixty years.
Wilhelm Kempff Bach Transcriptions for Piano
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