Legendary Pianists - Famous Piano Concertos

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Catalog: SWR19433CD

Backhaus, Wilhelm; SWR Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR; Fischer, Annie; Richter, Sviatoslav; Rosbaud, Hans; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg; Arrau, Claudio; Leitner, Ferdinand; Anda, Géza; Schuricht, Carl; Demus, Jörg; Keilberth, Joseph; Bour, Ernest; Müller-Kray, Hans; Kempff, Wilhelm; Haskil, Clara; Badura-Skoda, Paul; Larrocha, Alicia de; Navarro, García; Eschenbach, Christoph; Inbal, Eliahu; Gulda, Friedrich

For many decades the orchestras of the German broadcasting service SWR have worked together with many famous musicians from all over the world, including the outstanding pianists selected for this collection, among them Clara Haskil, Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Alicia de Larrocha, Wilhelm Backhaus, and Géza Anda. Furthermore, Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau (1903–1991) is regarded as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the 20th century and must feature in any comparative survey of performances of the central repertoire from Beethoven to Brahms. Annie Fischer (1914–1995), a pupil of Ernst von Dohnányi later went on to make some legendary recordings with Otto Klemperer. Friedrich Gulda (1930–2000) polarized the music scene by embracing the parallel worlds of classical music and jazz in equal measure. He was not only one of the most brilliant pianists of the 20th century with regard to tone and technique, but also one of the wittiest and most musically competent. For decades Wilhelm Kempff (1895–1991) was seen as the leading interpreter of German music from Beethoven and Schubert through Schumann and Liszt to Brahms.

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