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Mendelssohn: 17 Lieder Ohne Worte; Grieg / Walter Gieseking


Release Date: 04/03/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 66775   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnEdvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"To describe Mendelssohn’s 'Songs Without Words' as charming little novelties is to miss the point. These eight volumes of short lyric piano pieces are beautifully made and rich with musical subtleties, qualities that come through in the 1956 recording by the patrician pianist Walter Gieseking. Alas, he recorded only 17 of the 48 pieces. But the set includes his captivating performances of 31 'Lyric Pieces' by Grieg." -- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times [1/30/09]

"Gieseking was fabled for his magnificent tone, and these historical performances should enchant a new generation of piano-music fanciers." -- Peter Burwasser, Fanfare [11-12/1998]
"To describe Mendelssohn’s 'Songs Without Words' as charming little novelties is to miss the point. These eight volumes of short lyric piano pieces are beautifully made and rich with musical subtleties, qualities that come through in the 1956 recording by the patrician pianist Walter Gieseking. Alas, he recorded only 17 of the 48 pieces. But the set includes his captivating performances of 31 'Lyric Pieces' by Grieg." -- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times [1/30/09]

"Gieseking was fabled for his magnificent tone, and these historical performances should enchant a new generation of piano-music fanciers." -- Peter Burwasser, Fanfare [11-12/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
2.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 6, Andante sostenuto "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
3.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 6, Allegretto in F sharp minor "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
4.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 4, Andante in A major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
5.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 6, Andante con moto in A flat major "Duetto" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
6.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 2, Allegro non troppo in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
7.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 3, Presto agitato in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
8.
Songs without words, vol 4, Op. 53: no 4, Adagio in F major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
9.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 1, Andante espressivo in G major "May Breezes" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
10.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 5, Andante in a minor "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
11.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
12.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 3, Andante tranquillo in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
13.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 4, Presto in C major "Spinning Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
14.
Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85: no 4, Andante sostenuto in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
15.
Songs without words, vol 7, Op. 85: no 6, Alegretto con moto in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
16.
Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 3, Presto in C major by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
17.
Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 5, Allegro vivace in A minor "Child's Piece" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
18.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 2, Waltz by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
19.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 7, Album Leaf by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
20.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 1, Berceuse by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
21.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
22.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
23.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 2, Albumblatt by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
24.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
25.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 4, Halling by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
26.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 1, Shepherd boy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
27.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 3, Troll's March by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
28.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 4, Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
29.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 6, Bellringing by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
30.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 6, Homesickness by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
31.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 3, French Serenade by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
32.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 5, Phantom by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
33.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 6, Homeward by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
34.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 1, From Years of Youth by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
35.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 2, Peasant's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
36.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
37.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 2, Summer Evening by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
38.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 3, Puck by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
39.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 4, Woods' Peace by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
40.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 7, Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
41.
Pictures (3) from life in the country, Op. 19: no 2, The bridal procession passes by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 1948-56 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Notes: Composition written: Norway (1870 - 1871).
Composition revised: Norway (1894). 

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