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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. 

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