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Karajan Edition - Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos; Franck


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 66597   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegRobert SchumannCésar Franck
Performer:  Walter Gieseking
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Exquisite poise and staggering beauty with incredible authority and control.

These recordings were made a few years before Gieseking’s death in 1956 at the height of Karajan’s association with Walter Legge’s Philharmonia Orchestra. Gieseking’s playing in Schumann’s Concerto (overshadowed by the perfection of the 1948 combination with Lipatti) is remarkable for a strikingly slow Intermezzo and full-blooded finale. Franck’s Variations are exquisitely poised, while the Grieg, played with incredible authority and control, is staggeringly beautiful. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
Exquisite poise and staggering beauty with incredible authority and control.

These recordings were made a few years before Gieseking’s death in 1956 at the height of Karajan’s association with Walter Legge’s Philharmonia Orchestra. Gieseking’s playing in Schumann’s Concerto (overshadowed by the perfection of the 1948 combination with Lipatti) is remarkable for a strikingly slow Intermezzo and full-blooded finale. Franck’s Variations are exquisitely poised, while the Grieg, played with incredible authority and control, is staggeringly beautiful. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
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 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
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 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Concerto (Schumann): III. Allegro vivace
Piano Concerto (Grieg): I. Allegro molto moderato

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