Death of a brother pianist

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

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  • 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)

  • 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.

    • I knew them in the 70’s–my husband was a student of Caskel’s–a couple of years later they came to the Bay area to perform–Aloys was absolutely charming, and so talented.

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