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Ravel: The Complete Works for Solo Piano / Gieseking


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 564142  
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Walter Gieseking, though German, was born in the French city of Lyon and is admired above all as a brilliant and entrancingly perceptive interpreter of Debussy and Ravel. “He created a sound world in this repertoire that had no precedent, except perhaps in the composers’ imaginations,” wrote Gramophone, while the New York Times has said that: “His playing, though focused and rhythmically exact, proves that deep concentration does not have to be intense … There is never a sense of strain or tension; everything is natural and full of character.” Walter Gieseking, though German, was born in the French city of Lyon and is admired above all as a brilliant and entrancingly perceptive interpreter of Debussy and Ravel. “He created a sound world in this repertoire that had no precedent, except perhaps in the composers’ imaginations,” wrote Gramophone, while the New York Times has said that: “His playing, though focused and rhythmically exact, proves that deep concentration does not have to be intense … There is never a sense of strain or tension; everything is natural and full of character.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
2.
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
3.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
4.
Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
5.
Miroirs by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
6.
Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; France 
7.
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
8.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
9.
Prélude for Piano in A minor by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
10.
A la maničre de Borodine by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
11.
A la maničre de Chabrier by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
12.
Le tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1917; orch. 191; France 

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