Customer Reviews for: William Kapell - Complete Recordings 1944-1953

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 great performances April 28, 2014
By D. McArthur (Gretna, LA) -- See All My Reviews
These are historical recordings and should not be purchased expecting early stereo. The information that Arkiv has posted states stereo. These are mono recordings! The Australian broadcast selections have acceptable sound considering the source. However at times the sound is very poor, but at such a price it was indeed best to include them. Some of the commercial recordings have faint rumble underneath otherwise very acceptable sound. Of course the performances are special and we can only be grateful for this set. Spars code DDD indeed! Come on fellows! Report Abuse

 an absolute must October 26, 2013
By robert freeman chadis (oslo, oslo) -- See All My Reviews
another of the very greatest who died young. Report Abuse

 A pity October 13, 2013
By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY) -- See All My Reviews
A pity we lost such a great talent so young and so tragically. The outstanding feature of his playing is his silken, sensual tone, that still preserves the logic, integrity, and phrasing of the pieces played. He was a pianist who absolutely understood the music he was playing. Architecture as well as aesthetics were important to him. Report Abuse

 Artists, not entertainers October 13, 2013
By Brien Chomica (Winnipeg, MB) -- See All My Reviews
Have known Willy's recordings for 40 years; but this collection brings in some performances and recordings that have not been available on disc before this collection. The Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, and the Chopin B-minor Scherzo are just two of the pieces that impressed me most right now. Mr. Kapell was known for his Kachaturian Concerto (as Horowitz was for the Rach III, and Jorge Bolet for the Prokofiev II, and John Browning for Sam Barber's Concerto) and it is here, along with so many other great readings of the be-jewelled miniatures, like the Chopin Mazurkas. -- Need I add that the great one died in a plane crash on what transpired as his last tour -- in Australia? He died younger than Chopin, and might have had an artistic career as bright as those who were left to inspire us in the 1950's and 60's and 70's. These recordings go right up to his ending. My mental momentum conjectures what more this trajectory might have accomplished. -- But then we all dangle at the end of the threads of Fate, do we not? Report Abuse

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