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Rudolf Kempe (born 14 June 1910 in Dresden, died 12 May 1976 in Zürich) was a German conductor.

Rudolf Kempe (born 14 June 1910 in Dresden, died 12 May 1976 in Zürich) was a German conductor. Kempe was born in Dresden, where from the age of fourteen he studied at the Dresden State Opera School. He played oboe in the opera orchestra of Dortmund and then in the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra, from 1929. In addition to oboe, he played the piano regularly, as a soloist, in chamber music or accompanying, as a result of which, in 1933, the new Director of the Leipzig Opera invited Kempe to become a répétiteur, and later a conductor, for the opera. During the Second World War Kempe was conscripted into the army, but instead of active service was directed into musical activities, playing for the troops and later taking over the chief conductorship of the Chemnitz opera house.

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    Julius Katchen

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    The American pianist Julius Katchen was a child prodigy who at age 11 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. In 1946...
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Deeply felt and masterful, Kempe’s performance of Ein Heldenleben at the 1974 Prom concert was described by the critic Joan Chissell as...
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Kempe’s studio recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony came about due to the ill-health of Bruno Walter in May 1957. Originating from the...
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    Rudolf Kempe

    £ 16.50

    This valuable release represents the second ever DVD featuring Rudolf Kempe, the first having been released on ICA Classics to great...
  1. Julius Katchen
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    Julius Katchen

    £ 9.99

    The American pianist Julius Katchen was a child prodigy who at age 11 performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy. In 1946 Katchen toured Europe, settling in Paris in late 1947 and became a frequent performer on the European concert platform. Katchen made a major study of Brahms during his career and this 1967 live broadcast of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, with the distinguished German conductor Rudolf Kempe, reflects his deep understanding of this composer. This recording gives the collector the rare opportunity of hearing Katchen ‘live’ in comparison to his studio account made much earlier in 1959.More details

  2. Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

    £ 16.50

    Deeply felt and masterful, Kempe’s performance of Ein Heldenleben at the 1974 Prom concert was described by the critic Joan Chissell as winning him ‘a hero’s ovation and rightly’. She wrote that ‘no one now before the public is better able to transform Strauss from a plebeian into an aristocrat.’ The performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony one year later, received equally glowing reviews, and is an illuminating and compelling rendition of Dvořák’s most popular symphony. This is the first DVD of Kempe performing with the two English orchestras of which he was principal conductor for so long. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

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    Rudolf Kempe

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    Kempe’s studio recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony came about due to the ill-health of Bruno Walter in May 1957. Originating from the Music Preserved Archive in York, this exceptionally rare release is a new addition to the Kempe discography. His fiery performance of Mendelssohn's Ruy Blas Overture caught live from the Royal Festival Hall in 1967 with the LSO is another new addition. Wagner's Parsifal prelude, recorded by Kempe in 1965, reinforces the fact that he was one of the greatest Wagnerian conductors of the 20th century. His Covent Garden performances of Parsifal in 1959 were landmarks for the company. Released 4th November 2013. More details

  4. Rudolf Kempe
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    Rudolf Kempe

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    This valuable release represents the second ever DVD featuring Rudolf Kempe, the first having been released on ICA Classics to great acclaim in 2011. Released 4th November 2013. More details

 

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