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 1201 Concerto No.5, Op. 73, (The Beethoven*, Wilhelm Backhaus And The Royal Albert Hall Orchestra* Conducted By Sir Landon Ronald* Beethoven*, Wilhelm Backhaus And The Royal Albert Hall Orchestra* Conducted By Sir Landon Ronald* - Concerto No.5, Op. 73, (The "Emperor") (Pianoforte And Orchestra) (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D 1201 UK 1927 Sell This Version
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M 43 Twenty-Four Etudes (Op. 10 And Op. 25) — Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Bachaus* Chopin*, Wilhelm Bachaus* - Twenty-Four Etudes (Op. 10 And Op. 25) (Album) Victrola M 43 US 1929 Sell This Version
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D.B.2074, D.B.2075, D.B.2076 Concerto In A Minor (A Moll), Op.16 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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DB.1839, DB.1840, DB.1841, DB.1842, DB.1843 Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Minor Op.15 — Wilhelm Backhaus Johannes Brahms - Wilhelm Backhaus, Sir Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra Johannes Brahms - Wilhelm Backhaus, Sir Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Piano Concerto No. 1 In D Minor Op.15(5xShellac, 12", Album, Mono) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice DB.1839, DB.1840, DB.1841, DB.1842, DB.1843 UK 1933 Sell This Version
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182 Works For Pianoforte — Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms*, Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Works For Pianoforte(7xShellac, 12", Album) His Master's Voice 182 UK 1933 Sell This Version
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D.B. 5500 – D.B. 5505 Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major (B Dur), Op. 83 — Wilhelm Backhaus Johannes BrahmsWilhelm Backhaus mit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle*, Karl Böhm Johannes BrahmsWilhelm Backhaus mit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle*, Karl Böhm - Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major (B Dur), Op. 83 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice D.B. 5500 – D.B. 5505 Germany 1939 Sell This Version
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CM 9048 Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109 / Sonata In B Flat Minor, Op. 35 ( 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
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LX 3044 Chopin Recital — Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital (Album) Decca, Decca LX 3044 Germany 1951 Sell This Version
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LL.265, LLP 265 Sonata No. 12 In A Flat Major Op. 26 - Sonata No. 21 In C Major Op. 53 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LL 1556 Chopin Recital — Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital(LP, Mono) London Records LL 1556 UK 1951 Sell This Version
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LL 602 Sonata No. 29 In B Flat Major, Op. 106 ( 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
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LXT 2553, LXT.2553 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor Opus 37 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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 1951 Sell This Version
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LXT 2715 Sonata No. 23 In F Minor, Op. 57 ( 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
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LL. 628 Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra - Opus 83 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LD 9047 Chopin — Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Decca LD 9047 US 1953 Sell This Version
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LXT 2780, LXT.2780 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 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LXT 2866 Concerto No.1 In D Minor For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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 LXT 2866 UK 1953 Sell This Version
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LXT 2920 Sonata No. 2 In A Major Opus 2, No. 2; Sonata No. 11 In B Flat Major Opus 22 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LL 603 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) — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LXT 2939 Sonata No. 31 In A Flat Major, Op. 110 / Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LXT 2809 Sonata No. 4 In E Flat Major, Op. 7; Sonata No. 7 In D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LXT 2903 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 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LXT 2950 Sonata No. 16 In G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata No. 18 In E Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 — Wilhelm Backhaus 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
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LXT 2839, LXT.2839 Concerto No. 5 In E-Flat Major For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 73 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
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LL 1108/9, LL1108, LL1109 Carnegie Hall Recital (March 30, 1954) — Wilhelm Backhaus Wilhelm Backhaus Carnegie Hall Recital (March 30, 1954) (Comp, Album) London Records, London Records, London Records LL 1108/9, LL1108, LL1109 UK 1955 Sell This Version