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Pianist Walter Gieseking: The Complete Homocord Recordings and Other Rarities

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 3 in B major, Op. 9/3, CT. 110
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 14 in F minor, Op. 25/2, CT. 27
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
>Poulenc, Francis : Mouvements perpetuels (3)
>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Standchen, transcription for piano after Richard Strauss
>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Freundliche Vision, transcription for piano after Richard Strauss
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23
>Niemann, Walter : Magic Book, Op. 92
>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Variations for flute & piano on a theme of Edvard Grieg
>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Sonatine for flute & piano in E minor
>Roussel, Albert : Aria no 1, for flute & piano
>Roussel, Albert : Les Joueurs de flute, Op. 27
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
>Tansman, Alexander : Novelettes
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Notes & Reviews:

Walter Gieseking is considered one of the twentieth century's greatest pianists, and his playing of Debussy and Ravel in particular is often regarded as definitive. For most of his career he recorded for Columbia. However, his earliest recordings were made in the 1920s for the German label Homocord and these are hardly known. This set brings together all of them in their first complete CD transfer, and sheds new light on Gieseking's playing. We hear him in composers such as Chopin and Liszt as well as his earliest takes on the repertoire for which he was to become best known. The set is completed with other rarities including his single Brunswick disc and various previously unissued recordings from a variety of labels.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The early recordings of Debussy and Ravel are as lucid as the ones of later years. In Chopin and Liszt, however, we encounter something new: a long-haired romantic youth showboating in the manner of the last century with jaw dropping technical facility and delicious rubato. Still very tasteful of course, and entirely proper. The APR production is outstanding.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Praeludium
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Sarabande
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Menuet 1 / Menuet 2 / Menuet 1 da capo
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Giga
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 3 in B major, Op. 9/3, CT. 110
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 15/2, CT. 112
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 13 in A flat major, Op. 25/1, CT. 26
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 14 in F minor, Op. 25/2, CT. 27
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Brahms, Johannes : Rhapsodies (2) for Piano, Op. 79 :: Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79/2
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1891

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Piano, Set 1
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Jeux d'eau
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Poulenc, Francis : Mouvements perpétuels (3)
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Debussy, Claude : Arabesques (2) for Piano
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1891

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Ständchen, transcription for piano after Richard Strauss
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Freundliche Vision, transcription for piano after Richard Strauss
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Niemann, Walter : Magic Book, Op. 92 :: no 6. The Silver Cascade
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Debussy, Claude : La plus que lente
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1910

>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Variations for flute & piano on a theme of Edvard Grieg
  • Performers: Lambros Callimahos (Flute); Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gieseking, Walter [Piano] : Sonatine for flute & piano in E minor
  • Performers: Gustav Scheck (Flute); Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Roussel, Albert : Aria no 1, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Gustav Scheck (Flute); Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Roussel, Albert : Les Joueurs de flûte, Op. 27 :: no 4. M. de la Péjaudie
  • Performers: Gustav Scheck (Flute); Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Tansman, Alexander : Novelettes :: no 6. Blues
  • Performer: Walter Gieseking (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930s