Wilhelm Backhaus

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Wilhelm Backhaus ('Bachaus' on some record labels) (March 26, 1884 – July 5, 1969) was a German pianist and pedagogue.

Born in Leipzig, Backhaus studied at the conservatoire in Leipzig with Alois Reckendorf until 1899, later taking private lessons with Eugen d'Albert in Frankfurt am Main. He made his first concert tour at the age of sixteen. In 1905 he won the Anton Rubinstein Competition with Béla Bartók taking second place. He toured widely throughout his life - in 1921 he gave seventeen concerts in Buenos Aires in less than three weeks. Backhaus made his U.S. debut on January 5, 1912, as soloist in Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra. In 1930 he moved to Lugano and became a citizen of Switzerland. He died in Villach in Austria where he was to play in a concert.

Backhaus was particularly well known for his interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven and romantic music such as that by Johannes Brahms. He was also much admired as a chamber musician.
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Wilhelm Backhaus - Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 In B-Dur, Op. 83 album art Johannes BrahmsWilhelm Backhaus mit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle*, Karl Böhm Johannes BrahmsWilhelm Backhaus mit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle*, Karl Böhm - Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 In B-Dur, Op. 83 Electrola Germany 1939 Sell This Version
DM 204 Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 album art Wilhelm Bachaus* and The New Symphony Orchestra*, John Barbirolli* - Grieg* Wilhelm Bachaus* and The New Symphony Orchestra*, John Barbirolli* - Grieg* - Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16(3xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal DM 204 US 1940 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 / Sonata In B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March") album art Beethoven* / Chopin* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* / Chopin* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 / Sonata In B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March") Decca UK 1950 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 12 In A Flat Major Op. 26 - Sonata No. 21 In C Major Op. 53 album art Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 12 In A Flat Major Op. 26 - Sonata No. 21 In C Major Op. 53 (Album) Decca, Decca US 1950 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital album art Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital (Album) Decca, Decca US 1951 Sell This Version
LX 3044 Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital(10", Mono) Decca LX 3044 Germany 1951 Sell This Version
LL 1556 Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital album art Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital(LP, Mono) London Records LL 1556 UK 1951 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata"); Sonata No. 28 In A Major, Op. 101 album art Wilhelm Backhaus, Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus, Beethoven* - Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata"); Sonata No. 28 In A Major, Op. 101 (Album) Decca UK 1952 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor Opus 37 album art Wilhelm Backhaus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* - Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* - Beethoven* - Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor Opus 37 (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1952 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 29 In B Flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier") album art Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 29 In B Flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier") Decca, Decca US 1952 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra - Opus 83 album art Johannes Brahms - Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmonisches Orchester*, Carl Schuricht Johannes Brahms - Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmonisches Orchester*, Carl Schuricht - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra - Opus 83 (Album) Decca Germany 1952 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto No.1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 album art Brahms* : Backhaus*, Vienna Philharmonic*, Karl Böhm Brahms* : Backhaus*, Vienna Philharmonic*, Karl Böhm - Concerto No.1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 Decca UK 1953 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 13 In E Flat Major Op. 27, No. 1 - Sonata No. 19 In G Minor Op. 49, No. 1 - Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight) - Sonata No. 20 In G Major Op.49, No. 2 album art Wilhelm Backhaus, Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus, Beethoven* - Sonata No. 13 In E Flat Major Op. 27, No. 1 - Sonata No. 19 In G Minor Op. 49, No. 1 - Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight) - Sonata No. 20 In G Major Op.49, No. 2 (Album) Decca UK 1953 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin album art Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin London Records US 1953 Sell This Version
LXT 2866 Wilhelm Backhaus - Johannes Brahms Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 d-moll, op 15 album art Wilhelm Backhaus Johannes Brahms Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 d-moll, op 15(LP) Decca LXT 2866 Germany 1953 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 13 Pathétique; Sonata No. 9 In E Major, Op. 14 No. 1; Sonata No. 15 In D Major, Op. 28 album art Wilhelm Backhaus - Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus - Beethoven* - Sonata No. 8 In C Minor, Op. 13 Pathétique; Sonata No. 9 In E Major, Op. 14 No. 1; Sonata No. 15 In D Major, Op. 28 Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 10 In G Major, Op. 14, No. 3; Sonata No. 22 In F Major, Op. 54; Sonata No. 24 In F Sharp Major, Op. 78 / Warum? (Fantasiestuck, Op. 12, No. 3) album art Beethoven*, Schumann* / Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven*, Schumann* / Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 10 In G Major, Op. 14, No. 3; Sonata No. 22 In F Major, Op. 54; Sonata No. 24 In F Sharp Major, Op. 78 / Warum? (Fantasiestuck, Op. 12, No. 3) Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 16 In G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata No. 18 In E Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 album art Wilhelm Backhaus - Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus - Beethoven* - Sonata No. 16 In G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata No. 18 In E Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 4 In E Flat Major, Op. 7; Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 album art Wilhelm Backhaus, Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus, Beethoven* - Sonata No. 4 In E Flat Major, Op. 7; Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 (Album) Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 2 In A Major Opus 2, No. 2; Sonata No. 11 In B Flat Major Opus 22 album art Wilhelm Backhaus - Beethoven* Wilhelm Backhaus - Beethoven* - Sonata No. 2 In A Major Opus 2, No. 2; Sonata No. 11 In B Flat Major Opus 22 (Album) Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 31 In A Flat Major, Op. 110 / Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 album art Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 31 In A Flat Major, Op. 110 / Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 Decca UK 1954 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Thirty-Three Variations On A Waltz Of Diabelli, Opus 120 album art Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Thirty-Three Variations On A Waltz Of Diabelli, Opus 120 (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1955 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano album art Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano Decca, Decca US 1955 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto No. 5 In E-Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 73 "The Emperor" album art Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus, Clemens Krauss, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus, Clemens Krauss, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* - Concerto No. 5 In E-Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 73 "The Emperor" (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1955 Sell This Version
LL1108, LL1109 Wilhelm Backhaus - Carnegie Hall Recital (March 30, 1954) album art Wilhelm Backhaus Carnegie Hall Recital (March 30, 1954)(LP, Mono) London Records, London Records LL1108, LL1109 UK 1955 Sell This Version