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Death of a brother pianist

August 24, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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Reports are appearing of the death of Aloys Kontarsky, surviving half of the celebrated German piano duo. He was 86 and had been struggling in the aftermath of a stroke.

His brother Alphons died in 2010.

The duo recorded extensively for DG and other labels.

 

A chamber music play by Mauricio Kagel with the mime Rolf Scharre and the brothers Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky. Munich. 1964. Photograph by Franz Hubmann/Lebrecht


Comments (4)

  1. Fernando says:

    Bad news. Their recording of the Hungarian Dances is a treasure and a must-have in all collections.

    1. Harold Lewis says:

      The youngest brother, Bernhard Kontarsky, is, I hope, still with us.

  2. Ibo Ortgies says:

    Their 1977 rendering of

    Bartók: Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion (with Christoph Caskel, Heinz König)
    Stravinsky: Concerto For 2 Solo Pianos
    Stravinsky: Sonata For 2 Pianos

    belongs to the finest recordings of these pieces.

    (Deutsche Grammophon ‎437 027-2)

  3. Eric Le Page says:

    Sad. I heard them live only once. I will treasure my vinyl disks of them even more. Their ensemble was second to none. Their performances had grand shape. The DGG sound was big but round.


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