The Australian ConcertsRCA
A virtuoso pianist of the mid-twentieth century, William Kapell was an important link to early-twentieth century giants such as Horowitz and Rubinstein and the leader of the new guard of American pianists represented by Van Cliburn, Gary Graffman, and Leon Fleisher. Brooding good looks and explosive interpretations of Russian piano literature made him a star. His death in a plane crash at the age of 31 put an end to a career marked by fiery personality, technical mastery, and unstinting devotion to his craft. Many considered him the first virtuoso American pianist - certainly the most famous one until Van Cliburn - whose early death denied him more enduring popularity. These recordings are a stirring reminder of the talent upon which his fame rested during his lifetime.
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William Kapell. Leader of the new guard of American pianists. The Australian Concerts
William Kapell's 'The Australian Concerts' features Five Works New to Kapell's Discography: Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7, Debussy's Suite bergamasque, Chopin's Barcarolle, Op. 60 & Scherzo No. 1, Op. 20, Kapell's Rendition of "God Save the Queen" A virtuoso pianist of the mid-twentieth century, William Kapell was an important link to early-twentieth century giants such...