Kapell plays Shostakovich Prelude No. 24 in D minor, Op. 34
  • Classical music Prelude No. 24 in D minor from 24 Preludes, Op. 34 Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Performer: William Kapell (1922-1953) (piano) Kapell was born in New York City of Russian Jewish descent. There he studied with Dorothea Anderson La Follette, then with Olga Samaroff in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School. He won his first competition when he was 10. The prize was a turkey dinner with the pianist Jose Iturbi. In 1941, he won the Philadelphia Orchestra's youth competition and the Naumburg Award. The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation then sponsored his New York début which brought him The Town Hall Award for the year's outstanding concert by a musician under 30. He was a serious artist from the beginning, practicing up to eight hours a day. He achieved fame in the next few years, most especially by his performances of Khachaturian's Piano Concerto. Kapell played it so convincingly that his recording became an enormous hit. By the late 1940s, Kapell had toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia to immense acclaim and was widely considered the most brilliant and audacious of young American pianists. In 1947, he wed the former Rebecca Anna Lou Melson, with whom he had a happy marriage and two children. With maturity, a new sense of spaciousness made itself manifest in Kapell's pianism and he began to set aside time for work with the artists he most admired, studying with Artur Schnabel and playing with Pablo Casals and Rudolf Serkin. He spent his last ...

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