Beethoven – Klavierkonzerte nr 2, 4

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An almost Mozart like frivolous second piano concerto, and a little more serious fourth, both done by an impeccable Wilhelm Kempff with the Berliner Philharmoniker. I would like to have this whole collection, but I think this is the only one I have of this series. Spotify has more, do check it out. Especially listen to the beautiful soothing melody of the second part of the fourth concerto.

Wilhelm Kempff was a superstar on the piano. He is mainly famous for performing Schubert and Beethoven. He did a complete cycle of the sonatas of both, resulting in an excellent recording. He recorded almost seventy years for Deutsche Grammophon, so you’ll find his name a lot in second hand stores. He died in 1991, at the ripe old age of 95.

In style Kempff was praised for his lyricism, especially in slow, intimate passages. He made the instrument sing like no-one could. He does so on this record as well.

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