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HMV Recordings 1925-1937 - Wilhelm Backhaus
Diapason d'Or
Diapason from January 2019
Format : 2 CD

Label : APR
Catalog No. : APR6026
EAN : 5024709160266

Release Date : 09/11/2018

Genre : Classical
Chopin Etudes Nos. 1-24; Prelude No. 1; Berceuse op. 57; Valses Nos. 1 & 6; Impromptu No. 4 "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
Mendelssohn / Hutcheson Scherzo from Ein Sommernachtstraum
Smetana Polka No. 3 in F major
Delibes / Dohnanyi Valses from Naila
Mozart / Backhaus Serenade from Don Giovanni
Schubert / Backhaus Marche militaire in E flat major D. 733 No. 3
Liszt Waldesrauschen; Liebestraum No. 3; Ungarische Rhapsodie No. 2
Schumann / Liszt Widmung
Schumann Fantasiestücke op. 12 No. 2 & 7; Nachtstück op. 23 No. 4; Fantasie op. 17
Albeniz Triana
Albeniz / Godowsky Tango op. 165 No. 2
Moszkowski Caprice espagnole op. 37

Wilhelm Backhaus

   in Piano International (Jan, 2019)
APR's invaluable tribute to Wilhelm Backhaus (1884-1969) provokes a sea of controversy. Estimates of his playing have always been wildly contradictory (APR's excellent accompanying notes quote Horowitz, Barenboim, Uchida and Argerich, among others) some rejoicing in a rugged, technically magisterial command, others finding him intimidating and aloof. For one critic he could ‘pin back a Chopin Mazurka by the ears and belabour it unmercifully.' Associated primarily with Beethoven, Backhaus – unlike Schnabel who despised the lighter virtues – was drawn to Romantic bonnes bouches and you only have to hear him in Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody to find him delighting in a riotous brilliance and theatricality. Yet his way with his ...
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