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Wilhelm Kempff - Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin (2018)  Music

Posted by Fizzpop at Oct. 11, 2018
Wilhelm Kempff - Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin (2018)

Wilhelm Kempff - Wilhelm Kempff plays Chopin (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 182 MB | Cover | 49:33 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 114 MB
Classical | Label: G.O.P.

As these nine selections recorded in 1958 reveal, Wilhelm Kempff has no feel whatsoever for Chopin's music. While Kempff is beyond all argument one of the great German pianists of the middle years of the twentieth century, with superlative recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann to his credit, he is simply terrible as a Chopin player. With stiff rhythms, awkward phrasing, and muted colors, his Chopin lacks lyricism, drama, and drive, and thus sounds utterly unlike Chopin.
Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (2000)

Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin (2000)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:56:30 | 682 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 463 605-2

In the 1950s these recordings would have given a very up-to-date impression, I imagine; the playing is extremely clean there's never a hint of sentimental violin slides or over-use of the sustaining pedal. But nearly half a century later, perhaps we're more conscious of the old-world virtues Schneiderhan's beautiful legato bowing and gentle vibrato, Kempff's full, unforced tone, and a flexible approach from both artists, with finely graded ritardandos and subtle variations of tempo.
Yehudi Menuhin, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas (1990)

Yehudi Menuhin, Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas (1990)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 04:31:15 | 1,18 gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 415 874-2

Actually, there is a considerable amount of available versions in the market. But just a few possess the radiant sense of expression of Beethovenian pathos. Many connoted interpreters mistakenly play Beethoven just remarking the Romantic mood, without going deep inside the score, and overlooking the fact the genius simply cannot be labeled.

Wilhelm Kempff - Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (1988)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Feb. 22, 2020
Wilhelm Kempff - Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (1988)

Wilhelm Kempff - Schubert: The Piano Sonatas (1988)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 07:40:06 | 1.85 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 423 496-2

Wilhelm Kempff was a master of poetic lyricism, with a wondrous keyboard touch and a breathtaking command of subtle dynamics and tonal colorations–all invaluable attributes of any Schubert interpreter. He also had the knack of holding together large structures that can often seem aimless, thus avoiding another trap many pianists fall into, that of lavishing so much attention on passing detail that Schubert's "heavenly lengths" can seem wayward wanderings. The one criticism often heard is that Kempff emphasizes poetry at the expense of drama. This magnificent set leaves that claim unsubstantiated.

Wilhelm Kempff - Schumann Piano Works (5CD, 2010)  Music

Posted by ciklon5 at April 8, 2018
Wilhelm Kempff - Schumann Piano Works (5CD, 2010)

Wilhelm Kempff - Schumann Piano Works (5CD, 2010)
FLAC (track+cue+log) | 5:47:13 | 1,2 Gb
Genre: Classical Music / Label: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH

Wilhelm Walter Friedrich Kempff was a German pianist and composer. Although his repertoire included Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms, Kempff was particularly well known for his interpretations of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert, recording the complete sonatas of both composers. He is considered to have been one of the chief exponents of the Germanic tradition during the 20th century and one of the greatest pianists of all time.

Wilhelm Kempff - J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (1993)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Dec. 1, 2018
Wilhelm Kempff - J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (1993)

Wilhelm Kempff - J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:29:31 | 561 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 439 672-2

There are few more sublime manifestations of the numinous in the mundane than Bach chorale prelude transcriptions sensitively played on the piano. Unfortunately, such things are now virtually forbidden by the authentic instrument law that does not permit Bach to be played on the piano, no matter how sensitively. In the past 20 years, there have been only two recordings of Bach chorale preludes: Murray Perahia's oh-so-sensitive performance and Paul Jacobs' just-the-facts performance. One has to reach further back than that to get good Bach.
Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: Die Klaviersonaten - The Piano Sonatas (1995) (8CD Box Set)

Wilhelm Kempff - Beethoven: Die Klaviersonaten - The Piano Sonatas (1995) (8CD Box Set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 1.53 Gb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 09:41:29 | 1.29 Gb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon / 447 966-2

One of the great cycles. Of the hundred or so available recorded cycles (out of about one hundred and fifteen or so), this rates as one of the best. In better sound than either the DG stereo cycle and the live King International cycle, Kempff's style is more poetic and less intense and fiery than others. Whatever Kempff may give away in terms of speed, power, and precision, he makes up for in other ways
Wilhelm Kempff, BP, Ferdinand Leitner - Beethoven: Piano Concertos (1961) [Japan 2019] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner - Beethoven. Piano Concertos (1961) [Japan 2019]
SACD Rip | 2x SHM-SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 171:03 minutes | Scans NOT included | 4,6 GB
or FLAC Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Front, Scans NOT included | 3,54 GB

One of the 20th century's most important pianists, Wilhelm Kempff found warmth in Beethoven where many others discovered only stress and passion. Toward the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth in 2020, the Beethoven recording by master pianist Wilhelm Kemp, who also celebrate the 125th anniversary of birth in 2020, in Japan have been released these five Beethoven's piano concertos, accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic under Ferdinand Leitner, and these is Kemp's second recording of complete Piano Concertos. The first was a 1953 monaural recording. For this SACD reissue have been used the DSD master made by Emil Berliner Studios in Germany from the original master tapes.
Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)

Wilhelm Kempff, Géza Anda, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier - Beethoven: The Complete Concertos, Vol. 2 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:17:49 | 727 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 459 4032 8

Wilhelm Kempff's cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with Ferdinand Leitner and the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the great achievements of the golden age of stereo. Kempff had already recorded a magnificent mono cycle in the mid-1950s with the same orchestra under Paul Van Kempen (recently reissued on the box set "Wilhelm Kempff: The Complete 1950s Concerto Recordings" in DG's Original Masters series – see my review), but these new performances maintained his highest playing standards while offering the added dimension of stereo sound.

Wilhelm Kempff - Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms (2001)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Feb. 29, 2020
Wilhelm Kempff - Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms (2001)

Wilhelm Kempff - Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:19:48 | 183 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Orfeo D'or | Catalog: C570011B

Karajan’s artistic grip on the Salzburg Festival unofficially spanned three decades and woe betide anyone who upset him. Whether Kempff did or did not must be a matter of conjecture. What is sure is that this was his one and only appearance at the event. He was 63 years old at the time and lived to the ripe old age of 96, outliving Karajan himself. He was also a major recording artist for DG and their influence on the Festival was almost as pervasive as the conductor’s. Nevertheless this disc manages to fill a gap in Kempff’s discography with the Beethoven and Brahms works, two of the composers (Schubert and Schumann the others) with whose music this great pianist is readily associated.