Schubert: Impromptu; Beethoven: Sonatas / Wilhelm Backhaus

> 4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935 - 4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 3 in B flat major
> Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 - II. Allegretto
> Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 - III. Finale: Presto
> Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" - II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
> Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" - III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
> Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" - IV. Largo - V. Allegro risoluto

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The great German pianist, Wilhelm Backhaus made his first concert tour at the age of sixteen. He toured widely throughout his life, making his U.S. debut in 1912 (his final concert there took place in 1962 when he was 78!). Backhaus was well known for his interpretations and recordings of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms and was also much admired as a chamber musician. The recordings presented here have never been issued before on CD, and are in excellent sound for the period. This 1959 concert gives us a rare experience of hearing Backhaus caught 'live' in the Beethovenhalle in Bonn.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
His concert begins with Schubert's Impromptu No.3 in B flat major from the D.935 set. There is such facility and tonal lustre here, and a dappled, songful lightness propelled by the deftest of left hand rhythms...In the great acres of the Hammerklavier, one finds Backhaus as committed and sagacious as ever... This is a distinguished release, extremely well recorded, and well documented.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovenhalle, Bonn (09/24/1959).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
  • Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major, Op. 10 no 2
  • Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796-1797
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818
  • Studio/Live: Live