William Kapell

Biography

Born: September 20, 1922; New York, NY   Died: October 29, 1953; King's Mountain, CA  
William Kapell was one of the most promising American pianists of the postwar generation, producing a few recordings that have attained legendary status after his untimely death.

He studied in New York with Dorothea Anderson la Follett, and then at the Philadelphia Conservatory with Olga Samaroff. He went to the Juilliard School when she relocated there. He won the Philadelphia Orchestra's youth competition and the Naumberg Award in 1941.
Read more He debuted in New York through his prize from the Naumberg Foundation; this debut recital won him the Town Hall Award for the outstanding concert of the year by an artist under 30.

A national recital career quickly developed, leading to a recording contract with RCA Victor's Red Seal records. One of his enthusiasms was for the recently composed Piano Concerto in D flat major by Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian, which he frequently played. Because it is an extroverted and flashy work, he gained a reputation as a specialist in such music. His recorded legacy shows that he performed in the appropriate style from graceful renditions of Mozart to powerful Prokofiev.

After World War II, he expanded his touring to cover the world. It was on his return from a tour of Australia that his airplane crashed into King's Mountain near San Francisco. Read less

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Born: September 20, 1922; New York, NY   Died: October 29, 1953; King's Mountain, CA  
William Kapell was one of the most promising American pianists of the postwar generation, producing a few recordings that have attained legendary status after his untimely death.

He studied in New York with Dorothea Anderson la Follett, and then at the Philadelphia Conservatory with Olga Samaroff. He went to the Juilliard School when she relocated there. He won the Philadelphia Orchestra's youth competition and the Naumberg Award in 1941.
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Allegro ma non tanto
Intermezzo: Adagio
Finale: Alla breve
Allegretto
Courante
Sarabandes I and II
Gigue
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
The Gnome
Promenade
Il vecchio castello / The Old Castle
Promenade
Tuileries
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle
Promenade
Limoges - The Market
Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Con mortuis in lingua morta
The Hut on Fowl's Legs
The Great Gate at Kiev
Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat, K. 570: Allegro
Adagio
Allemande
Courante
Sarabandes I and II
Gigue
Passepied
Sonata No. 7 in B-Flat, Op. 83: Allegro inquieto; Andantino
Andante caloroso
Precipitato
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenutto
III. Allegro scherzando
Introduction: Allegro vivace; Variation I: (Precedente)
Tema: L'istesso tempo
Variation II: L'istesso tempo
Variation III: L'istesso tempo
Variation IV: Più vivo
Variation V: Tempo precedente
Variation VI: L'istesso tempo
Variation VII: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation VIII: Tempo I
Variation IX: L'istesso tempo
Variation X: Poco marcato
Variation XI: Moderato
Variation XII: Tempo di minuetto
Variation XIII: Allegro
Variation XIV: L'istesso tempo
Variation XV: Più vivo scherzando
Variation XVI: Allegretto
Variation XVII: [Allegretto]
Variation XVIII: Andante cantabile
Variation XIX: A tempo vivace
Variation XX: Un poco più vivo
Variation XXI: Un poco più vivo
Variation XXII: Un poco più vivo (Alla breve)
Variation XXIII: L'istesso tempo
Variation XXIV: A tempo un poco meno mosso
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Theme and Variations: Andante con moto
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro ma non troppo
Lento; Allegro moderato
Allegro scherzando
Andante
Allegro mosso; Meno mosso; Moderato; Più vivo
Sonata in F Minor, Op.120, No.1: Allegro appassionato
Andante un poco adagio
Allegretto grazioso
Vivace
Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108: Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato
Ouverture
Allemande
Courante
Aria
Sarabande
Menuet
Suite in A Minor, BWV 818: Allemande
Courante
Sarabandes I and II
Gigue
Introduction: Allegro vivace; Varaiation I: (Precedente)
Tema: L'istesso tempo
Variation II: L'istesso tempo
Variation III: L'istesso tempo
Variation IV: Più vivo
Variation V: Tempo precedente
Variation VI: L'istesso tempo
Variation VII: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation VIII: Tempo I
Variation IX: L'istesso tempo
Variation X: Poco marcato
Variation XI: Moderato
Variation XII: Tempo di minuetto
Variation XIII: Allegro
Variation XIV: L'istesso tempo
Variation XV: Più vivo scherzando
Variation XVI: Allegretto
Variation XVII: [Allegretto]
Variation XVIII: Andante cantabile
Variation XIX: A tempo vivace
Variation XX: Un poco più vivo
Variation XXI: Un poco più vivo
Variation XXII: Un poco più vivo (Alla breve)
Variation XXIII: L'istesso tempo
Variation XXIV: A tempo un poco meno mosso
Concerto No.. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: Moderato; Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando
Andante; Allegro
Theme and Variations: Tema: Andantino
Theme and Variations: Variation I: L'istesso tempo
Theme and Variations: Variation II: Allegro
Theme and Variations: Variation III: Allegro moderato (poco meno mosso)
Theme and Variations: Variation IV: Andante meditativo
Theme and Variations: Variation V: Allegro giusto
Theme and Variations: Tema: L'istesso tempo
Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto: Allegro maestoso
Andante con anima (1998 Rematered)
Allegro brillante
Allegro maestoso
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Largo
Finale: Presto, non tanto
Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March": Grave; Doppio movimento
Scherzo
Marche funèbre
Presto
Molto moderato
Vivace
Andante sostenuto
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
The Gnome
Promenade
Il vecchio castello
Promenade
Tuileries
Bydlo
Promenade
Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Promenade
Limoges -- The Market
Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum)
Con mortuis in lingua mortua
The Hut on Fowl's Legs
The Great Gate at Kiev


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