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Gieseking,Walter
Release Date: 04/21/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 65081  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannCésar Franck,   ... 
Performer:  Walter GiesekingDennis BrainCecil JamesSidney Sutcliffe,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanKurt Schröder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraHessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Born 5 November 1895 in Lyon, Gieseking's parents were Germans living in France at the time. Although having taken up the piano at the age of four he did not begin formal studies until the age of 11, when he went to Hanover to be taught by Karl Leimer. He served as a regimental bandsman in World War I and, after demobilisation, took up music as a career as accompanist and opera coach. As a recitalist he included much new music in his programmes, advocating the works of Schoenberg, Busoni, Szymanowski, Hindemith and Pfitzner. Gieseking's first London concert took place in 1923 with some success and his US début followed in 1926 with a performance of Hindemith's Piano Concerto.

Gieseking spent the years of World War II
Read more in Germany and also occasionally performed in German-occupied France. After the war he stood accused of being a Nazi-collaborator but was soon cleared of any pro-Nazi activities and continued his career as an international soloist.

Gieseking was in the process of recording all the Beethoven sonatas at EMI's Abbey Road Studios when he died during the night of 26 October 1956.

Although Gieseking's repertoire was extremely wide, taking in the works of many of his contemporaries, today he is remembered as an unsurpassed interpreter of the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel, and it is the music of these composers that is mainly featured in this 8-CD set.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
3.
Variations (12) for Piano in E flat major on "La belle françoise", K 353 (300f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
4.
Variations (9) for Piano in C major on "Lison dormait", K 264 (315d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
6.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
8.
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano), Dennis Brain (French Horn), Cecil James (Bassoon),
Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Bernard Walton (Clarinet)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1955 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1956 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1956 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1956 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 no 1 "Quasi una fantasia" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1956 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1956 
14.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
15.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
16.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
17.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
18.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1951 
19.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
20.
Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
21.
Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
22.
Danse bohémienne by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
23.
Rêverie by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
24.
Mazurka for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
25.
Valse romantique by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
26.
Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
27.
Nocturne for Piano in D flat major by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
28.
Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
29.
Ballade slave by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1903; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
30.
Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Schröder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
31.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
32.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
33.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
34.
Prélude for Piano in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
35.
A la manière de Borodine by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
36.
A la manière de Chabrier by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
37.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Remastered Version): I. Tema con variazoni: Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Tema con variazoni
Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Tema con variazoni
Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Menuetto
Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Remastered Version): II. Menuetto: Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Menuetto
Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo alla turca
Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Remastered Version): III. Rondo alla turca: Sonata for Keyboard No. 11 in A K331/K300i (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo alla turca
Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Remastered Version): Allegro: Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Remastered Version): Adagio: Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Remastered Version): Allegro assai: Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro assai
Sonata for Keyboard No. 12 in F K332/K300k (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro assai
12 Variations in E flat on 'La belle Françoise' K353/K300f (1990 Digital Remaster)
12 Variations in E flat on 'La belle Françoise' K353/K300f (1990 Remastered Version): 12 Variations in E flat on 'La belle Françoise' K353/K300f
9 Variations on 'Lison dormait' from Dezède's 'Julie' K264/315d (1990 Digital Remaster)
9 Variations on 'Lison dormait' from Dezède's 'Julie' K264/315d (1990 Remastered Version): 9 Variations on 'Lison dormait' from Dezède's 'Julie' K264/315d
Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Remastered Version): Allegro: Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Remastered Version): Andante cantabile: Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Digital Remaster): Andante cantabile
Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Digital Remaster): Andante cantabile
Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegretto grazioso
Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Remastered Version): Allegretto grazioso: Sonata for Keyboard No. 13 in B flat K333/315c (1990 Digital Remaster): Allegretto grazioso
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 (1990 Remastered Version): I. Allegro - Cadenza (Gieseking) - Tempo I: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 (1990 - Remaster): I. Allegro - Cadenza (Gieseking) - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488 (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro - Cadenza (Gieseking) - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 (1990 Remastered Version): II. Adagio: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 (1990 - Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 (1990 Remastered Version): III. Allegro assai: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488 (1990 - Remaster): III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488 (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (1990 Remastered Version): I. Allegro - Cadenza (Hummel) - Tempo I: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (1990 - Remaster): I. Allegro - Cadenza (Hummel) - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491 (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro - Cadenza (Hummel) - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (1990 Remastered Version): II. Larghetto: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (1990 - Remaster): II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (1990 Remastered Version): III. Allegretto: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K.491 (1990 - Remaster): III. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K491 (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Remastered Version): I. Largo - Allegro moderato: Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Digital Remaster): I. Largo - Allegro moderato
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Remastered Version): II. Larghetto: Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Allegro)
Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Remastered Version): III. Rondo (Allegro): Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat K452 (1990 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Allegro)

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