Wilhelm Backhaus

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Wilhelm Backhaus ('Bachaus' on some record labels) was a German pianist and pedagogue (* 26 March 1884 in Leipzig, Germany; † 05 July 1969 in Villach, Austria).

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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D.B.2074, D.B.2075, D.B.2076 Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto In A Minor (A Moll), Op.16 album art Wilhelm Backhaus And The New Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Barbirolli*, Edvard Grieg Wilhelm Backhaus And The New Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Barbirolli*, Edvard Grieg - Concerto In A Minor (A Moll), Op.16 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D.B.2074, D.B.2075, D.B.2076 UK 1933 Sell This Version
182 Wilhelm Backhaus - Works For Pianoforte album art Brahms*, Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Works For Pianoforte(7xShellac, 12", Album) His Master's Voice 182 UK 1933 Sell This Version
D.B. 5500 – D.B. 5505 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 D.B. 5500 – D.B. 5505 Germany 1939 Sell This Version
CM 9048 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 CM 9048 US 1950 Sell This Version
LL.265, LLP 265 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 LL.265, LLP 265 US 1950 Sell This Version
LX 3044 Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital album art Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital (Album) Decca, 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
LL 602 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 LL 602 US 1952 Sell This Version
LXT 2553, LXT.2553 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 LXT 2553, LXT.2553 UK 1952 Sell This Version
LXT 2715 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 LXT 2715 UK 1952 Sell This Version
LL 628 Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra - Opus 83 album art Johannes Brahms, Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carl Schuricht Johannes Brahms, Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carl Schuricht - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra - Opus 83 (Album) Decca LL 628 US 1952 Sell This Version
LL. 628 Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra (Opus 83) album art Johannes Brahms, Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carl Schuricht Johannes Brahms, Wilhelm Backhaus, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carl Schuricht - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra (Opus 83)(LP, Mono) London Records LL. 628 US 1952 Sell This Version
LD 9047 Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin album art Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Decca LD 9047 US 1953 Sell This Version
LXT 2780, LXT.2780 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 LXT 2780, LXT.2780 UK 1953 Sell This Version
LXT 2866 Wilhelm Backhaus - Concerto No.1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 album art Wilhelm Backhaus Concerto No.1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 Decca LXT 2866 Germany 1953 Sell This Version
LXT 2920 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 LXT 2920 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LL 603 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 LL 603 US 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2903 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 LXT 2903 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2939 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 LXT 2939 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2809 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 LXT 2809 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2950 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 LXT 2950 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2839, LXT.2839 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 LXT 2839, LXT.2839 UK 1953 Sell This Version
LL 1108/9, LL1108, LL1109 Wilhelm Backhaus - Carnegie Hall Recital (March 30, 1954) album art Wilhelm Backhaus Carnegie Hall Recital (March 30, 1954) (Album, Comp) London Records, London Records, London Records LL 1108/9, LL1108, LL1109 UK 1955 Sell This Version
LXT 5016, LXT.5016 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 LXT 5016, LXT.5016 UK 1955 Sell This Version
LL 1264 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 LL 1264 US 1955 Sell This Version