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Walter Gieseking: His First Concerto Recordings



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Although his post-war recordings are best known, many regard Gieseking’s finest years in the studio as the 1930s and this set includes all the concerto recordings he made in that decade. He didn’t record much Liszt, but the first concerto he set down was that composer’s 1st, and he gives a swashbuckling performance, revealing a very different side of his pianism to the refinement of his justly renowned Debussy and Ravel. Another Gieseking favourite was Grieg and he gives a classic account of the concerto with the two exquisitely performed Lyric Pieces which were the filler on the final side of the original 78rpm set also included. Gieseking’s Beethoven is classical and Mozartean so it’s no surprise that the 1st concerto comes off particularly well, though Bruno Walter’s contribution in the ‘Emperor’ makes it also a major event. Columbia’s sound is excellent for its time.
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Item number APR_7308
Barcode 5024709173082
Release date 01/01/2017
Category Piano
Label APR
Media type CD
Number of units 3
Performers
Artists Gieseking, Walter
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlin State Opera House Orchestra
Saxon State Orchestra
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Composers Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Liszt, Franz
Grieg, Edvard
Conductors Rosbaud, Hans
Böhm, Karl
Walter, Bruno
Wood, Sir Henry J
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