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GG: William Kapell

I recently acquired the William Kapell set in the Great Painists of
Twentieth Century series. I had never heard him before; the playing is
spectacular. Of particular interest to F miners is the performance of the
4th Bach Partita, which is absolutely extraordinary. It includes all
sections other than the Gigue [the recording was incomplete  at the time of
Kapell's death]. His playing has clarity of  polyphonic articulation similar
to GG's. It is also rhythmically supple, and brings out the dance qualities
in these pieces that caused me to notice  melodic lines and "characterful"
phrases that I did not hear in GG's perf. There is also an intensity of
emotion that matches the intensity of the execution. Have any of you heard
Kapell's perf, and if so, what do you think? [By the way, the set includes,
among other things, a scorching perf of Chopin's 3rd piano sonata -- it
combines a sense of furious energy unleashed, with a sense of inner

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