Wilhelm Backhaus - Complete Decca Recordings

 
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Wilhelm Backhaus - Complete Decca Recordings
Wilhelm Backhaus (piano), with Wilhelm Backhaus (piano), Pierre Fournier (cello) / Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Clemens Krauss, etc

[ Decca Original Masters / 39 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Newly remastered and complete for the first time, presented with original sleeves and spined wallets, this limited edition 39CD set of the legendary German pianist Wilhelm Backhaus's recordings for Decca. The set includes landmark recordings of Beethoven - including two Sonata cycles (mono and stereo), Brahms's Cello Sonatas (with Fournier), and Backhaus's celebrated 1954 Carnegie Hall recital, as well as the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and the celebrated Mozart KV595. It also includes the first international release of Backhaus's last public performance - two weeks before he died. His playing was lauded for its 'remarkable degree of accuracy and clarity, its undiminished purposefulness and strength of tone, and over and above all for its eloquent simplicity'.

• PACKAGING: 2-piece box | 39CDs | original jackets & spined wallets |booklet with extensive new essay by Jonathan Summers (Classical Music Curator of The British Library)

Backhaus was one of the great exponents of the Classical and Romantic repertory and his performances had an integrity that eschewed any unnecessary display and flamboyance; his concern was to give the most direct interpretation of what the composer wishes and the structure and architecture of his chosen repertory was paramount. Backhaus recorded extensively for Decca throughout the 1950s and 1960s and recorded works by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Schumann. His complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas occupied him throughout the 1950s and 1960s and is regarded by many as his greatest achievement, and the cycle is justly recognised as one of the great recorded cycles. It has not been available on CD for some years now and is reissued in response to repeated requests to make it available again.

Tracks:

Bach, J S: English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811
Bach, J S: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32
mono recordings

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32
stereo recordings, excludes Op. 106

Additional recordings:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
Wiener Philharmoniker
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Wiener Philharmoniker
Clemens Krauss

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Wiener Philharmoniker
Clemens Krauss

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'
Wiener Philharmoniker
Clemens Krauss

Brahms: Ballade, Op. 10 No. 1 'Edward'
Brahms: Ballade, Op. 10 No. 2
Brahms: Waltzes (16), Op. 39
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 7
Brahms: Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Wiener Philharmoniker
Carl Schuricht

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm

Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38
Pierre Fournier (cello)
Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
Pierre Fournier (cello)

Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48
Haydn: Fantasy in C major Hob XVII / 4
Haydn: Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52
Haydn: Fantasy in C major Hob XVII / 4

Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 6 in A major 'Spring Song'
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 1 in G major 'May Breezes'
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 67 No. 4 in C major 'Spinning Song' or 'Bee's Wedding'

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm

Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332
Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K511
Mozart: Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331 [2 recordings]

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Wiener Philharmoniker
Günter Wand

Schumann: Warum, Op. 12, No. 3
Schumann: Vogel als Prophet (No. 7 from Waldszenen, Op. 82)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 No. 1 'Des Abends'
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 No. 3 'Warum?' [2 recordings]
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op. 82

Schubert: Impromptu in B flat major, D935 No. 3 [2 recordings]
Schubert: 12 Valses Nobles, D969
Schubert: Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2 [2 recodings]
Schubert: Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94 [2 recordings]

Liszt: Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6 [2 recordings]

Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'
Chopin: Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1
Chopin: Étude Op. 25 No. 2 in F minor
Chopin: Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'
Plus various Etudes & Mazurkas

Wilhelm Backhaus - Complete Decca Recordings