Jess Phillips wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:46 pm
I'd just like to mention what a privilege it is to be able listen to someone like Wilhelm Kempff play Beethoven. When I listen to him and Brendel play, it's so incredibly masterful and moving. If I ever wanted to hear it played like that I would have to spend a lifetime perfecting it as such. Instead thanks to Wilhelm I get to listen to someone who already put in a lifetime of work, and benefit from it. It's truly an honor listening to them.
Believe it or not I didn't know about those two before this thread. I'm still pretty new to the classical community. For that exposure alone, I'm very thankful for everyone's replies.
Jess, thank you for posting that, it's gratifying that someone else finds a certain magic in their playing.
Brendel (who I saw live a few times) was an admirer of Kempff and wrote in his book "The Veil of Order" that Kempff "played on impulse... it depended on whether the right breeze, as with an aeolian harp, was blowing. You then would take something home that you never heard elsewhere."
There is a video on YouTube of Kempff playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. It must have been filmed not too many years before he retired from performance, probably influenced by the onset of Parkinson's Disease.
Both are great favorites of mine though, of course, there are many, many wonderful pianists
Hermanos Conde 1968, Stephen Frith 2007 "Guijoso", Christopher Dean 2018, Ana Maria Espinosa 2014