Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wilhelm Backhaus Autograph Lot

Wilhelm Backhaus: Hand signied, tinted Photo ( Fayer, Wien ). 3,2 x 5,3 inches, slightly fixed to a program from 1966 ( easy to remove ). Concert program of the Wiener Festwochen, Conductor Zubin Mehta, Soloist Wilhelm Backhaus. Complete Program, 8 pages.

Furthermore a greeting card ( Xmas and New Year ), signed and dedicated by Wilhem Backhaus himself “ Frl. Erika Salomon Ihre guten Wünsche herzlichst erwidernd Wilhelm und Alma Backhaus ). 15 x 10,5 cm. + cover.

Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) was an important German pianist.

According to some critics Backhaus was one of the first modern artists of the keyboard (see Alfred Cortot for his antithesis) and played with a clean, spare, and objective style. In spite of this analytic approach, his performances are full of feeling. One of the first pianists to leave recordings, he had a long career on the concert stage and in the studio and left us a great legacy. He recorded virtually the complete works of Beethoven and a large quantity of Mozart and Brahms, and he was also the first to record the Chopin etudes, in 1928; this is still widely regarded as one of the best recordings.

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