Posts tagged as "wilhelm-backhaus"

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt Edition – Volume 1

August 29, 2023

The two stereo Beethoven cycles, those of the Symphonies (1965–70) and the Piano Concertos (with Wilhelm Backhaus, 1958–59), form the core of this edition of the complete Decca recordings of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (1900–1973). It is distinguished by the Wiener Philharmoniker’s unique transparency of sound allied to a firm pulse and rhythmic drive which characterized Schmidt-Isserstedt’s […]

Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Pieces

May 25, 2016

As an eleven-year-old in 1895, Wilhelm Backhaus met and performed for D’Albert, Grieg, Nikisch and Brahms, among others. Here was a pianist who shunned hectoring gestures of the late Romantic era for economy and purposefulness. ‘His facial expression always remained steady, showing an unceasing concentration on the sounds his hands were coaxing from the instrument […]

Beethoven: Favourite Piano Sonatas – Vol. 2

May 25, 2016

A compendium of marvellous performances from the grand old Beethovenian, Wilhelm Backhaus. These performances have all the gravitas traditionally associated with this pianist but also youthful fire in such pieces as the ‘Appassionata’. The three ‘big name’ sonatas frame two ‘little’ ones – the charming Op. 78 and 79, respectively  – ‘A Therese’ and ‘Alla […]