Walter Klien

Biography

Born: November 27, 1928; Graz, Austria   Died: February 11, 1991; Vienna, Austria  
Of the generally named great pianists of the twentieth century, Austria's Walter Klien is one of the least known. He studied with Josef Dichler and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in the 1940s and was awarded two third-place prizes at the International Busoni Piano Competitions of 1951 and 1952. Nonetheless, Klien did not make his debut in the United States until 1969, concertizing most frequently in Europe. Most of Klien's recordings were made in Read more Vienna for the American Vox label; in some cases Klien performed as part of a four-hand duet with his friend and fellow Austrian Alfred Brendel. Klien also backed up violinists Arthur Grumiaux and Wolfgang Schneiderhan in violin and piano works.

Throughout his life, Klien recorded several sets for Vox that encompass the entire known keyboard output of certain composers, including Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert. His Schubert recordings are particularly exceptional, and are widely considered on a par with or better than the series made by Alfred Brendel -- lean, clean, and refined, yet expressive and deeply felt. Vox' reputation as a low-budget classical label almost assured that Klien's performances would remain undervalued during his lifetime; however, not long after Klien died, there was a sharp reversal in his critical fortunes. Although Klien's overall legacy is extraordinarily consistent and in itself rewarding, it is his Schubert cycle that represents Klien at his best. Read less

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Born: November 27, 1928; Graz, Austria   Died: February 11, 1991; Vienna, Austria  
Of the generally named great pianists of the twentieth century, Austria's Walter Klien is one of the least known. He studied with Josef Dichler and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in the 1940s and was awarded two third-place prizes at the International Busoni Piano Competitions of 1951 and 1952. Nonetheless, Klien did not make his debut in the United States until 1969, concertizing most frequently in Europe. Most of Klien's recordings were made in Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
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Liebesbotschaft
Kriegers Ahnung
Frühlingssehnsucht
Ständchen
Aufenthalt
In der Ferne
Abschied
Der Atlas
Ihr Bild
Das Fischermädchen
Die Stadt
Am Meer
Der Doppelgänger
Die Taubenpost
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 - 2. Andante sostenuto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.301 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.301 - 2. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.302 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.302 - 2. Rondeau (Andante grazioso)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.303 - 1. Adagio - Molto allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.303 - 2. Tempo di minuetto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K.304 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E minor, K.304 - 2. Tempo di minuetto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 1. Allegro di molto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2a. Tema con variazioni: Tema
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2b. Variation 1
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2c. Variation 2
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2d. Variation 3
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2e. Variation 4
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2f. Variation 5
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.305 - 2g. Variation 6
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306 - 2. Andantino cantabile
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D, K.306 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Tema (Andantino)
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Var. I
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Var. II
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Var. III
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Var. IV
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Var. V
Mozart: 6 Variations in G minor for Piano & Violin on "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 - Var. VI
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.376 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.376 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.376 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto grazioso)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2a. Tema con variazioni: Tema
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2b. Variation 1
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2c. Variation 2
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2d. Variation 3
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2e. Variation 4
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2f. Variation 5
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 2g. Variation 6
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K.377 - 3. Tempo di menuetto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.378 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.378 - 2. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.378 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 1a. Adagio
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 1b. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2a. Tema con variazioni: Tema
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2b. Variation 1
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2c. Variation 2
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2d. Variation 3
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2e. Variation 4
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2f. Variation 5
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in G, K.379 - 2g. Tema
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.380 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.380 - 2. Andante con moto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.380 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.454 - 1. Largo - Allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.454 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat, K.454 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 1. Molto allegro
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3a. Allegretto (con variazioni): Tema
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3b. Variation 1
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3c. Variation 2
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3d. Variation 3
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3e. Variation 4
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3f. Variation 5
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E flat, K.481 - 3g. Variation 6
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.526 - 1. Allegro molto
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.526 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, K.526 - 3. Presto


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