It may be true, as one critic put it, that Backhaus could pin a Chopin Mazurka back by the ears, and belabor it unmercifully, but in music that engaged his truest feelings, and particularly in the great masterpieces of the German Classical and Romantic repertoire, he could create a unique nimbus and fullness of expression. And this, backed by a monumental mastery that knew no technical limitations, has always ensured Backhaus's place among the keyboard immortals.
BACKHAUS PLAYS BRAHMS The Celebrated HMV Piano Solo Recordings. All Ballades, Scherzos, Waltzes, Rhapsodies, Intermezzos and other works for solo piano recorded by Wilhelm Backhaus between 1929-1936. Notes by Bryce Morrison Restoration: Maggi Payne & Graham Newton. AAD
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