Karl Engel
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1923-06-01
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Karl Engel Biography (Wikipedia)

Karl (Rudolf) Engel (Birsfelden, June 1, 1923 - Chernex, September 2, 2006) was a Swiss pianist.

In 1952 Engel was awarded the second prize at the Queen Elisabeth competition. Throughout his concert career he cultivated the art song repertory and worked extensively on works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann. He also held a professorship at Musikhochschule Hannover for three decades.

Engel was a student of Paul Baumgartner (1903-1976) at the Basel Conservatory from 1942 to 1945. After World War II he studied with Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in 1947-1948. In 1952 he won 2nd prize at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels.

Karl Engel toured internationally as a soloist with orchestras, a recitalist and a chamber music performer. He became particularly known for his complete cycles of Mozart piano concertos 1974-1976, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Leopold Hager (Till Engel & L. Hager playing the two double concertos KV 242 & 365) and sonatas, and the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. His performances of complete piano works of Robert Schumann during the 1970s were highly esteemed. He also distinguished himself as an accompanist, often appearing in Lieder recitals with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier and Brigitte Fassbaender. Among his chamber music partners were the cellist Pablo Casals, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the Melos Quartet.

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Johannes Brahms
Drei Quartette, Op.31: II. Neckerein
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Drei Quartette, Op.31: II. Neckerein
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in C, K.545 'Facile' (feat. Karl Engel)
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Piano Sonata in C, K.545 'Facile' (feat. Karl Engel)
Gustav Mahler
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) (feat. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Karl Engel)
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Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) (feat. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Karl Engel)
Franz Schubert
Sonata (Sonatina) for violin and piano no. 1 (D.384)..., 3rd mvt; Allegro vivace (feat. Karl Engel & Ulf Hoelscher)
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Sonata (Sonatina) for violin and piano no. 1 (D.384)..., 3rd mvt; Allegro vivace (feat. Karl Engel & Ulf Hoelscher)
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