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Debussy: Preludes I & II / Walter Gieseking


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67262   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Walter Gieseking's set of both Books of the Debussy Preludes is a different matter -- one of the great classics of the gramophone. The individual insights are endless, so is the extraordinary feeling for the music's evocation and atmosphere. The 1953-54 recordings just missed the stereo era, but the Abbey Road mono sound is first-class. I thought Walter Legge had produced both Books, but no, Geraint Evans was responsible for Book 1. There is very little appreciable sonic difference.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
Walter Gieseking's set of both Books of the Debussy Preludes is a different matter -- one of the great classics of the gramophone. The individual insights are endless, so is the extraordinary feeling for the music's evocation and atmosphere. The 1953-54 recordings just missed the stereo era, but the Abbey Road mono sound is first-class. I thought Walter Legge had produced both Books, but no, Geraint Evans was responsible for Book 1. There is very little appreciable sonic difference.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [5/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1. Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 36 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Préludes, Book 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1954 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Danseuses de Delphes (Lent et Grave)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Voiles (Modéré)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Le vent dans la plaine (Animé)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. 'Les sons et les parfums tournent dans I'air du soir' (Modéré)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Les collines d'Anacapri (Trčs modéré)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): VI. Des pas sur la neige (Triste et Lent)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): VII. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest (Animé et tumultueux)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin (Trčs calme et doucement expressif)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): IX. La sérénade interrompue (Modérément animé)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): X. La cathédrale engloutie (Profondément calme)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): XI. La danse de Puck (Capricieux et léger)
Préludes, Book I (2000 Digital Remaster): XII. Minstrels (Modéré)
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: I. Brouillards
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: II. Feuilles mortes
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: III. La Puerta del Vino
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: IV. 'Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses'
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: V. Bruyčres
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: VI. 'General Lavine' - excentric
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: VIII. Ondine
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: IX. Hommage ŕ S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: X. Canope
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: XI. Les tierces alternées
Préludes, Book II (2000 Digital Remaster), BOOK 2: XII. Feux d'artifice

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