Wilhelm Backhaus

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 Discography

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Johannes Brahms - Wilhelm Backhaus mit der Sächsische Staatskapelle, Karl Böhm Johannes Brahms - Wilhelm Backhaus mit der Sächsische Staatskapelle, Karl Böhm - Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 In B-Dur, Op. 83 Electrola Germany 1939 Sell This Version
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
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 US 1950 Sell This Version
Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital (Album) Decca, Decca US 1951 Sell This Version
LL 1556 Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin Recital(LP, Mono) London Records LL 1556 UK 1951 Sell This Version
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, 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
LL 602 Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonata No. 29 In B Flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier")(LP, Mono) London Records LL 602 US 1952 Sell This Version
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
Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus Chopin*, Wilhelm Backhaus - Chopin London Records US 1953 Sell This Version
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
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 - 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, 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 - 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
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
Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus - Thirty-Three Variations On A Waltz Of Diabelli, Opus 120 (Album) Decca, Decca UK 1955 Sell This Version
Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms* - Pierre Fournier, Wilhelm Backhaus - Sonatas For 'Cello And Piano Decca, Decca UK 1955 Sell This Version
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 1956 Sell This Version
Mozart* - Wilhelm Backhaus With The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Karl Böhm Mozart* - Wilhelm Backhaus With The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Karl Böhm - Piano Concerto No. 27 In B Flat Major (K.595)/ Sonata No. 11 In A Major (K.331) (Album) Decca UK 1956 Sell This Version
Brahms* / Wilhelm Backhaus Brahms* / Wilhelm Backhaus - Brahms Piano Recital Decca UK 1956 Sell This Version
Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Karl Böhm Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Karl Böhm - Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor Op. 37 (Album) Decca UK 1957 Sell This Version
Wilhelm Backhaus Bach Recital (Album) Decca UK 1957 Sell This Version
Beethoven*, Backhaus*, Wiener Philharmoniker Beethoven*, Backhaus*, Wiener Philharmoniker - Piano Concerto No. 4 In G Major (Album) Decca, Decca Germany 1958 Sell This Version
Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus With Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Clemens Krauss Beethoven* - Wilhelm Backhaus With Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Clemens Krauss - Piano Concerto No.4 In G Major, Opus 58 (Album) Decca UK 1959 Sell This Version