Kempff, Wilhelm. (1895–1991) & Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)
Two Color Photographs
Two color photographs of the great German pianist, together with his friend and fellow pianist Nikita Magaloff. Kempff is seated at the piano at the right while Magaloff stands at the left; in the background, organ pipes are visible. One photograph (8 x 8 inches) rather faded and taped to a window mount to an overall size of 11 x 8.5 inches; the other photograph a later digital print, 8 x 11 inches. Overall fine.
From the collection of Georgian-Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff and his wife Irene, the daughter of violinist Joseph Szigeti. Magaloff, born to a noble Georgian family in St. Petersburg, was influenced by family friend Serge Prokofiev and studied with Siloti and Isidor Philipp. Among the friends he made studying at the Paris Conservatory was Maurice Ravel, who considered him "a great, a truly extraordinary musician." He was especially known as the first pianist to record the complete works of Chopin, and for his elegant, refined style, which became more daring later in life.