KEMPFF: Piano Music
Label: VMS Musical Treasures
Classical Periods: 20th Century
Composers: Wilhelm Kempff
Performers: Rüdiger Steinfatt
Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991)
Rhapsodic Prelude op. 44
Italian Suite (Ischia Suite) op. 68
Lyric Suite in E, op. 17, Nr. 1
Six Short Piano Pieces
Fantasia for Piano from the opera "Familie Gozzi"
(Arr. Leopold Weninger)
Rüdiger Steinfatt, piano
From earliest childhood, music was the most important thing in life for Wilhelm Kempff. His first compositions date from 1901. In 1932 he was elected to membership of the Prussian Academy of Arts as a composer. Kempff's style of composition is imaginative and varied. His works are characterised by aesthetic beauty, depth, dramatic tension and lyricism. After the Second World War he became more and more in demand as a pianist and enjoyed world-wide adulation. Composition as an activity became sidelined and more or less ceased around 1961. The piano pieces in this CD were composed between 1921 and 1958.