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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Monday YouTube Fix: Wilhelm Kempff

Andrew Hitz

This past week I came upon a very interesting article in Limelight Magazine about the 10 greatest pianists of all time.   It was a very thought provoking piece which also included YouTube clips.  One of the clips that really struck me was of Wilhelm Kemff. I am a sucker for Beethoven all the time and when it is played with this much personality I am a captive audience.  The intensity of this performance is perfectly summed up by the calm yet urgent look in his eyes.  When he hits the recap at the very end of this clip it is done with such a haunting tenderness that chills are almost automatic.  A truly incredible performance.

Enjoy!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqSulR9Fymg&sns=em]