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Wilhelm Backhaus plays Chopin, Liszt, Schumann & Encore Pieces


Release Date: 10/26/2018 
Label:  Apr Recordings   Catalog #: 6026  
Composer:  Frédéric ChopinFelix MendelssohnBedrich SmetanaLéo Delibes,   ... 
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


From his first major recital at age fifteen in 1899 until his final public concert just one week before his death, Wilhelm Backhaus’ career was one of the longest among the twentieth century’s prominent pianists. Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) left a 60-year recorded legacy which began in 1908, but the champion of Beethoven and Brahms we know from his later years performed a much wider repertoire before the war. This set focuses on this more ‘romantic’ repertoire – his Chopin études from 1928 were the first complete recorded cycle and still astonish with their virtuosity. His Schumann Fantasy is another landmark recording, the 78rpm era benchmark, and what a delightful
Read more surprise it is to hear him in his own spectacular transcriptions or in works by Albéniz and Moszkowski. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1833; Poland 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
4.
Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
5.
Waltz for Piano in E flat major, B 62/Op. 18 "Grande valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Poland 
6.
Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
7.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Notes: (Arr. for piano by Ernest Hutcheson.) 
8.
Czech Dances (14) for Piano, T 112: no 3, Polka in F major by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Czech Republic 
9.
La source by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
10.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
11.
Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 3 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
14.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
15.
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 1, Waldesrauschen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
16.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
17.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
18.
Suite Iberia, Book 2: no 3, Triana by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
19.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Spain 
20.
Caprice espagnol, Op. 37 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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