Wilhelm Kempff plays Schubert and Schumann – Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin

Legendary pianists

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Wilhelm Kempff — Pianist

Maurizio Pollini — Pianist

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Two Legends: Wilhelm Kempff in his prime performing Schubert and Schumann, and Maurizio Pollini at eighteen performing Chopin.

At the end of his life, Wilhelm Kempff retired to Casa Orfeo, his summer residence in Positano, a fisherman's village on the coast of Amalfi where on May 23, 1991, at the age of ninety-five he expired like a candle in the wind, a fortnight after Rudolf Serkin who died on May 9th and a fortnight before Claudio Arrau died on June 9th. It would seem these three legends who illuminated the 20th century with their singular genius wanted to leave together for the pantheon of pianists.

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