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Price: $200.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

           WILHELM KEMPFF - PIANIST

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Autographed 3” x 5” Bixio of Buenos Aires double-weight photograph of the brilliant German virtuoso pianist, 1948.  The photographer has also blind stamped the verso.

 

Kempff (1895-1991) was trained as an organist following in his Father’s footsteps.  A Barth pupil, he gave his first professional piano recital in 1917.  While Kempff was an instant success and toured Europe and Asia, he did not make it to the Americas until 1934, when he famously flew to Buenos Aires on the Graf Zeppelin.  He came late to London, making his debut there in 1951 and not in the United States until 1964 at the age of 70.  For many, Kempff was the Romantic period pianist, steeped in the works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.  His recordings on DG have become true classics and had been re-issued multiple times.  In fact, DG had an issue with him at one point, as he wrote his own cadenzas in many cases and featured them on his complete Beethoven Concerto cycle, only to demand composer royalties in addition to his performer royalties on those recordings. They paid!

 

Autographed photographs of Kempff prior to the 1950’s are quite elusive.