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Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, Etc / Walter Gieseking


Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62800   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Certain creators and re-creators become synonymous. Beethoven and Schnabel, Chopin and Rubinstein at once spring to mind. Yet in the entire history of performance I doubt whether there has ever existed a more subtle or golden thread than that between Debussy and Gieseking... Gieseking's insight and iridescence in Debussy are so compelling and hypnotic....

[N]o one (not even Cortot) has ever captured the sense in Children's Corner of a lost and enchanted land, of childhood re-experienced through adult tears and laughter. Gieseking's moderee in "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" ensures that everything has time to 'tell' or signify. Here, Chouchou is presented as a serious little girl concerned with playing beautifully
Read more rather than getting through her practice as soon as possible. "Jimbo's lullaby", too, is no mere heavyweight, but a wistful animal lost in reflection (his lot as a woollen rather than a real elephant, perhaps?).

...His Suite bergamasque is a true pastoral idyll with a "Clair de lune" as shimmering and entranced as any on record (listen to the section commencing tempo rubato at 104" and you will hear chording balanced and textured from the top to perfection)...

So here is that peerless palette of colour and texture, of a light and shade used with a nonchalantly deployed but precise expertise to illuminate every facet of Debussy's teeming and insinuating imagination... These records should be in every musician's library, be they singer or conductor, violinist or pianist, etc. If Gramophone believed in a starring system they would deserve a heavenful of stars.

— Gramophone [6/1996, reviewing the box set of Gieseking's complete Debussy recordings for EMI]
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
2. Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
3. Images for Piano, Set 2 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
4. Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
5. Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1951 
6. L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
7. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 

Sound Samples

Suite bergamasque (1995 Digital Remaster): Prélude
Suite bergamasque (1995 Digital Remaster): Menuet
Suite bergamasque (1995 Digital Remaster): Clair de lune
Suite bergamasque (1995 Digital Remaster): Passepied
Estampes (1995 Digital Remaster): I. Pagodes
Estampes (1995 Digital Remaster): II. La soirée dans Grenade
Estampes (1995 Digital Remaster): III. Jardins sous la pluie
L' Isle joyeuse (1995 Digital Remaster)
Images Sets I & II (1995 Digital Remaster), SET 1: I. Reflets dans l'eau
Images Sets I & II (1995 Digital Remaster), SET 1: II. Hommage à Rameau
Images Sets I & II (1995 Digital Remaster), SET 1: III. Mouvement
Images Sets I & II (1995 Digital Remaster), SET 1: I. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Images Sets I & II (1995 Digital Remaster), SET 1: II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Images Sets I & II (1995 Digital Remaster), SET 1: III. Poissons d'or
Children's Corner (1995 Digital Remaster): I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner (1995 Digital Remaster): II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Children's Corner (1995 Digital Remaster): III. Serenade for the Doll
Children's Corner (1995 Digital Remaster): IV. The Snow is Dancing
Children's Corner (1995 Digital Remaster): V. The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner (1995 Digital Remaster): VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk
La Plus que lente (1995 Digital Remaster)

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