Wilhelm Kempff - The Schubert Recordings On Dg
Format: BLU-RAY AUDIO + CD
9-CDs + Blu-ray Audio mastered at 24-bit/192kHz presenting reference recordings of one of the great Schubertians • Limited Edition slipcase with mintpacks • 44 page booklet with a new essay about Wilhelm Kempff’s Schubert recordings by Gregor Wilmes; previously unreleased photos and facsimiles of original recording protocols “When Schubert sounds his magic harp, do we not feel as though we are floating on a sea of sound, freed from everything material?” WILHELM KEMPFF With a virtuosity that was very real, yet never drew attention to itself, Kempff’s Schubert was at its heart penetrating and inspired and the depth of his performances could convey the intimacy of a chamber ensemble or project the works as great symphonies for keyboard. It was Kempff’s perception that it was the function of a pianist’s virtuosity to serve, not to exploit; always the music had to be paramount. Like many great artists he was notably erratic, but any impulsiveness or spontaneity was always driven by artistic will and the search for new discoveries. Such was his inspiration, his recordings over his 60 year career – most of it for DG – are a treasure house of discovery; his Schubert recordings being among the finest examples, and not least remaining reference recordings of the repertoire.