P1162. Mary Louise Boehm, w.Kees Kooper Cond.Amsterdam Chamber Ensemble: Johann Samuel Schroeter, Franz Joseph Haydn, Carol Friedrich Abel & Adalbert Gyrowetz. (Germany) Pantheon D07639, recorded 1983, English Reformed Church at the Begijnhof, Amsterdam. Very long out-of-print, final ever-so-slightly used copy.
“Mary Louise Boehm was an American pianist and painter. A descendant of Joseph Boehm, a piano-maker active in Vienna during the early 19th century, Mary Louise Boehm was born in Sumner, Iowa, and soon proved to be a child prodigy. She studied with Louis Crowder at Iowa State Teachers College and subsequently with Robert Casadesus and Walter Gieseking.
Boehm's repertoire and recorded output was notable for works by American composers such as Amy Beach and Ernest Schelling, who are far from mainstream, even now. She also performed and made premiere recordings of works by several early romantic composers such as John Field, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Johann Peter Pixis, Ignaz Moscheles and Friedrich Kalkbrenner. Her advocacy introduced a generation of music lovers to these neglected composers. She was also interested in performance on period instruments at a time when this was rare.
Kees Kooper was a Dutch violinist. He lived in Amsterdam through World War II. A prizewinner in the International Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Violin Contest, Kooper débuted in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The New York Times wrote of his New York début: ‘a violinist of considerable stature has arrived on the scene… He plays with an eloquence not often heard in our concert halls’. He has been soloist in violin concerti of Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikowski, Prokofieff, Barber, Khachaturian, Berg, and others.
Kooper’s chamber music career parallels his solo work. With his wife Mary Louise Boehm, he concertized as the Kooper-Boehm Duo. Kooper also performed with the New York String Sextet, the Cremona Trio, and other ensembles; his name appears on many recordings. From 1976 to 1988 he was concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam. Kooper held university positions, lectured, and published articles on music. Kees Kooper gave hundreds of concerts in America, Europe, Russia and the Far East. He performed at New York’s Carnegie, Steinway, Merkin and Town Halls, the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Gallery and other venues. He also appeared twelve times on the Historical Piano Concerts Series.”