Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) left a 60-year recorded legacy which began in 1908, but the champion of Beethoven and Brahms we know from his later years performed a much wider repertoire before the war. This set focuses on this more ‘romantic’ repertoire – his Chopin études from 1928 were the first complete recorded cycle and still astonish with their virtuosity. His Schumann Fantasy is another landmark recording, the 78rpm era benchmark, and what a delightful surprise it is to hear him in his own spectacular transcriptions or in works by Albéniz and Moszkowski.
Chopin, Fryderyk:12 Études Op 10; 12 Études Op 25; Prélude in C major Op 28/1; Berceuse in D flat major Op 57; Waltz in E flat major Op 18; Waltz in D flat major Op 64/1; Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op 66;
Mendelssohn, Felix (arr. Hutcheson): Scherzo from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Smetana, Bedrich: Polka No 3 in F major from Czech Dances Delibes, Leo (arr. Dohnanyi): Waltz from ‘Naïla’ (abridged) Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (arr. Backhaus): Serenade from ‘Don Giovanni’; Schubert, Franz (arr. Backhaus): Marche militaire in E flat major D733/3 Schubert, Franz/Liszt, Franz): Soirée de Vienne No 6 in A major S427/ 6
Liszt, Franz: Waldesrauschen, S145/1; Liebesträume No 3 S541/3; Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor S244/2 Schumann, Robert/Liszt, Franz: Widmung S566 Schumann, Robert: Aufschwung No 2 from Fantasiestücke, Op 12; Traumes Wirren No 7 from Fantasiestücke, Op 12 Nachtstück in F major Op 23 No 4; Fantasie in C major Op 17 Albeniz, Isaac: Triana No 3 from Iberia, Book 2; Albeniz, Isaac/Godowsky, Leopold: Tango Op 165 No 2 Moszkowski, Moritz: Caprice espagnole Op 37