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Kapell Plays Brahms And Prokofiev


Release Date: 11/28/2000 
Label:  Music & Arts   Catalog #: 4990   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  William Kapell
Conductor:  Dimitri MitropoulosLeopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

More than a half-century has passed since the American pianist William Kapell (1922- 1953) died after an all too brief career, in a freak plane crash on California's King's Mountain, only a few minutes before he was to touch down in San Francisco. His memory is still cherished and interest in his artistry was recently revived by the release of a number of amateur off-the-air recordings of performances from his Australian tour. By popular demand Music & Arts is re-issuing this 1997 album, of which Tim Page, Kapell's biographer, wrote: "[The Prokofiev Third] is probably the finest performance of the concerto that Kapell left us and it is much preferable, in its spontaneity and poetic fury, to the curiously tame RCA Victor recording Read more he had made a month earlier with Antal Dorati and the Dallas Symphony... The Brahms concerto is the last major work with orchestra that Kapell played in New York, slightly more than six months before he died. Here again, we have the Philharmonic (this time under Dmitri Mitropoulos on April 12, 1953) recorded in the luscious acoustics of the old Carnegie Hall. While there is still a good deal of brilliance in the playing -- listen to the ferocity with which Kapell attacks passages of exposed octaves -- there is also a welcome poise and serenity in softer passages and an abiding sense of formal structure throughout." " "Sales Inventory Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano)
Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15: III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: I. Andante - Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: II. Tema con variazioni
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: III. Allegro ma non troppo

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