Richard Kapp

Composers

Biography

Born: 1936   Died: 2006  
Richard Kapp was one of the more unique conductors of his age, viewing music as enjoyment and not as an angst-laden endeavor. He thus chose to focus on less-serious, less-cerebral compositions and became an iconic figure in that brighter world of classical music. Kapp had long been identified with the chamber group he founded, the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. With them he recorded a series of popular recordings dubbed by the label Columbia Read more Masterworks as greatest-hits albums. The first, made in 1977, was one of the best-selling recordings of its time, The Greatest Hits of 1720. Kapp led his orchestra in numerous concerts in the New York area over the years and made many recordings for a variety of labels, including the aforementioned Columbia, Vox (and subsidiary labels Candide and Turnabout), Murray Hill, and his own ESS.AY.

Kapp was born on October 9, 1936, in Chicago into a musical family. Despite prodigious talent on the piano in his youth, Kapp studied German history at Johns Hopkins University. After his 1957 graduation, he enrolled at the Stuttgart Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, where he studied piano, conducting, and composition. From 1960-1962 he worked as repetiteur at the Basel Stadttheater (Switzerland), then served as music director at the Manhattan School of Music's Opera Theater (1963-1965).

Though he would waver again, earning a law degree from New York University, he eventually chose music as his primary career when in 1968 he founded the Philharmonia Virtuosi. Its membership was mostly made up of players of exceptional talent, and soon Kapp was able to attract soloists of international renown. The ensemble played many of its concerts at Town Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other major sites in the New York area.

After his 1977 Greatest Hits album, Kapp had become a celebrity and subsequent recordings also drew attention, though not quite the high sales figures. The Greatest Hits of the 1900s, issued in 1986, was the last of the greatest-hits releases by Columbia. Kapp continued to record with some success and led the group in regular concerts until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. Many of Kapp's recordings are still appearing in reissues; among the most recent of them is the 2006 CD on ESS.AY, Fasch: Three Suites for Orchestra, on which Kapp leads another group he was associated with, Kiev Pro Musica. Read less
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    Russian Piano Concertos / Various
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95520 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Sergei Lyapunov,  Anton Rubinstein,  Nikolai Medtner,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Felicja Blumental,  In-Ju Bang,  Oxana Yablonskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Pierre Cao  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Locatelli: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94358 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli
    Performer:  Daria Gorban,  Igor Ruhadze,  Marion Moonen,  Marcelo Bussi  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Violini Capricciosi,  Musica ad Rhenum,  Philharmonia Virtuosi  ... 
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    French Orchestral Selections - Berlioz, Lalo, Chabrier
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5114 Release Date: 04/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Jean Françaix,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Koch,  Suzanne Lautenbacher
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Jean Françaix,  Louis de Froment,  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica
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    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of The British Isles
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47280 Release Date: 10/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Frideric Handel,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  David Nadien,  Edward Carroll
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Richard P. Condie,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mario Castelnuevo-tedesco: Guitar Works / Eliot Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2536 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai String Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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    Greatest Hits Of 1720 / Richard Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 34544 Release Date: 07/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  André Campra,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Greatest Hits Of The 1900s / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42125 Release Date: 06/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Jacques Ibert,  Gabriel Fauré,  Virgil Thomson  ... 
    Performer:  Maureen McGovern,  David Burgess,  Bob James
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Handel Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742563 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Monica Sinclair,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Giorgio Tozzi,  Jon Vickers  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  John McCarthy,  Raymond Leppard,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Masterpieces Of The French Baroque
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3006 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Louis Couperin,  Marin Marais,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Stutch
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp,  Lisa Goode Crawford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi,  Oberlin Baroque Ensemble
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    Jewels Of The Classics / Richard Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61935 Release Date: 01/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Moore
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Baroque Duets / Richard Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61911 Release Date: 01/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Music For Good Children ... And Bad, Et Al / Kapp, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1090 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Noel Regney,  Maurice Ravel,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  John Ostendorf,  Mela Tenenbaum,  Richard Kapp
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Haydn: Symphonies No 7, 83, 96 / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1093 Release Date: 07/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Halffter: Sinfonietta, Etc / Eliot Fisk, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1092 Release Date: 03/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Halffter
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    The French Confection - Offenbach, Et Al / Kapp, Nel,  Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1094 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Nel
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Sibelius: Incidental Music / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1091 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Good Movie Music - Walton, Morricone, Et Al / Kapp, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elmer Bernstein,  Virgil Thomson,  Bernard Herrmann,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Françaix, Ponce, Rodrigo: Guitar Concertos / Fisk, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Françaix,  Manuel Ponce,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Haydn, Clementi / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1087 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Muzio Clementi
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    French Dressing - Milhaud, Poulenc, Et Al / Kapp, Hoca, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1086 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht,  Jacques Ibert,  Francis Poulenc,  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Claudia Hoca
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Haydn: Symphonies / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1084 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 22.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Works For Violin And Orchestra / Kapp, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1082 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Mela Tenenbaum
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album Of All Time
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87771 Release Date: 10/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  John Williams,  Eileen Farrell,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Leonard Bernstein,  Richard Kapp,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christmas Concert Choir,  American Boychoir,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Wave The Flag - John Philip Sousa's American Music
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Kapp,  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  Gordon Stanley,  Meg Bussert,  Ron Raines
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taghkanic Chorale members,  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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