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Wilhelm Kempff

Kempff toured very widely in Europe and much of the rest of the world. Between 1936 and 1979 he performed ten times in Japan and a small Japanese island was named Kempu-san in his honor. Kempff made his first London appearance in 1951 and in New York in 1964. He gave his last public performance in Paris in 1981 and died in Positano, Italy at the age of 95.

Wilhelm Kempff recorded over a period of some sixty years. He is celebrated today for his recordings of Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, Mozart, Bach, Liszt, Chopin and particularly, of Beethoven.

He was among the first to record the complete sonatas of Franz Schubert, long before these works became popular. He also recorded two renowned sets of the complete Beethoven sonatas (and one early, almost complete set on shellac 1926-1945), one in mono (1951-1956) and the other in stereo (1964-1965).

One anecdote may illustrate Kempff's ability as an interpreter of Beethoven. During a stay in Finland, his friend the composer Jean Sibelius asked him to play the Hammerklavier of Beethoven and, after Kempff finished, Sibelius told him, "You did not play that as a pianist but rather as a human being."

Kempff also played chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin and Pierre Fournier, among others. Particularly famous are the recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with Menuhin.

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The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings

The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings


Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

David Oistrakh (violin)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

David Oistrakh (violin)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

David Oistrakh (violin), Igor Oistrakh (violin), George Malcolm (harpsichord)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Beethoven:

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Hilde Rossel Majdan (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Walter Berry (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Singing Club, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Kempff

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Wilhelm Kempff

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

David Oistrakh (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Emil Gilels (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Emil Gilels (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Emil Gilels (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Martha Argerich (piano)

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Martha Argerich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Études (12), Op. 10

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Études (12), Op. 25

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

Martha Argerich (piano)

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Martha Argerich (piano)

Debussy:

La Mer

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces (selection)

Emil Gilels (piano)

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Martha Argerich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Martha Argerich (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K238

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Alfred Prinz (clarinet)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Werner Tripp (flute)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191

Dietmar Zeman (bassoon)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Die Zauberflöte, K620

Evelyn Lear (Pamina), Roberta Peters (Königin der Nacht), Fritz Wunderlich (Tamino), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Papageno), Franz Crass (Sarastro), Hans Hotter (Sprecher), Lisa Otto (Papagena), James King (Erste Geharnischter), Martti Talvela (Zweite Geharnischter), Hildegard Hillebrecht, Cvetka Ahlin, Sieglinde Wagner (Drei Damen), Antonia Fahberg, Rosl Schwaiger, Raili Kostia (Drei Knaben), Martin Vantin, Manfred Röhrl (Zwei Preister)

Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS-Kammerchor, Karl Böhm

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Martha Argerich (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Martha Argerich (piano)

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Ravel:

Boléro

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Gaspard de la Nuit

Martha Argerich (piano)

Jeux d'eau

Martha Argerich (piano)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Emil Gilels, Norbert Brainin, Peter Schidlof, Martin Lovett, Rainer Zepperitz

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Amadeus Quartet

Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Die Forelle, D550

Frühlingsglaube, D686

Heidenröslein, D257

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Winterreise D911

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Don Juan, Op. 20

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Metamorphosen

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Four Last Songs

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

David Oistrakh (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Verdi:

Requiem

Maria Stader, Marianna Radev, Helmut Krebs, Kim Borg

RIAS Chamber Choir, St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde

Wolfgang Windgassen (Tristan), Birgit Nilsson (Isolde), Christa Ludwig (Brangäne), Martti Talvela (King Marke), Eberhard Waechter (Kurwenal), Claude Heater (Melot), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Hirt), Gerd Nienstedt (Steuermann), Peter Schreier (Seemann)

Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Karl Böhm


A 50 CD Originals Jackets Collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of THE ORIGINALS series, featuring the bestselling items from the series’ history and highlighting the key artists and recordings from DG’s LP era.

Key recordings such as Beethoven 5th and 7th by Kleiber, Mahler 5th by early Karajan, Dvořák Slavonic Dances by Kubelik, Schöne Müllerin by Wunderlich, Zauberflöte and Tristan und Isolde by Böhm, Dvorák Cello Concerto by Rostropovich, Pathétique by Kempff, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto by Mutter, Argerich’s Debut Recital and many more of the extensive ORIGINALS catalogue, rich of artistic singularity and of commercially strong impact up to this day.

Not only does the new box set showcase some well-known ORIGINALS items, but also adds TWO NEW ITEMS to the ORIGINALS catalogue, never released before within this series: Chopin Études opp.10 & 25 with Maurizio Pollini and Brahms Cello Sonatas Opp.38 & 99 with Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Serkin (also available separately within the series from September 2014 on).

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Liszt: Piano Works

Liszt: Piano Works


Liszt:

Sposalizio (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 1)

Il penseroso (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 2)

Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3)

Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)

Gondoliera, S. 162 No. 1 (from Venezia e Napoli)

Legendes (2) for piano, S. 175


“The Beethoven/Schubert connection in Liszt's music is beautifully brought out by the octagenarian Kempff in these thoughtful, deeply lyrical, unmissable interpretations.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 *****

“One has only to begin with the hauntingly beautiful "Sposalizio" or the delightful "Gondoleria" to rediscover the lyrical magic and poetry of Kempff's playing...Indeed, this is masterly playing, quite unforgettable, and the recording, balanced by Klaus Scheibe, produces a totally realistic sound image - not in the least dated.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

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Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca', etc.

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Fantasia in C minor, K475


"Kempff's disarming simplicity of style hides great art. This is a wonderful record, in a class of its own and not to be missed on any account. The performance of the mature Fantasy, K.475, is surely one of the most beautiful pieces of Mozart-playing on record." Penguin Guide*** (1977)

“My only negative reaction to this marvellous disc is its brevity. If there is such a thing as ideal Mozart playing, Wilhelm Kempff achieves it: lucid, passionate, firm in structure and spacious.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 *****

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Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'


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Beethoven - Piano Sonatas

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathétique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'


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Mozart: Piano Concertos: No. 23 K488, No. 24 K491, No. 8 K246

Mozart: Piano Concertos: No. 23 K488, No. 24 K491, No. 8 K246


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