Walter Gieseking Archive
This week’s edition of The Music Treasury will shine light on pianist Walter Gieseking, that exceptional pianist in the first half of the 1900s.
Kreisleriana; Carnaval; Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor; Davidsbuendlertaenze; Fantasie in C Major; Kinderszenen: Traeumerei – Walter Gieseking, p. – Andromeda (2 CDs)
Another attempt to “codify” the collected Schumann that Walter Gieseking recorded, 1938-1947.
DEBUSSY: “Beau Soir” – Preludes, Book II and Other Works – Michael Lewin, p. – Pure Audio Blu-ray & standard CD – Sono Luminos
Another fine Pure Audio Blu-ray with superb Debussy interpretations.
Walter Gieseking – The Complete Homocord Recordings and Rarities = Works of BACH, CHOPIN, LISZT, DEBUSSY, D. SCARLATTI, POULENC, MOZART ETC. – APR (2 CDs)
This historical assemblage of Walter Gieseking’s early recordings should prove seminal in any discussion of his monumental contribution to the art of the keyboard.
DEBUSSY: Preludes, Books I – II – Walter Gieseking, piano – Pristine Audio (plus comparison of CD, SACD & 48/24 FLAC files)
The classic EMI 1953-1954 Debussy Preludes with Walter Gieseking assume an added luster in this Pristine revival. [CD, SACD & 48/24 FLAC versions compared]
DEBUSSY: Complete Piano Works [Playlist Follows] – Walter Gieseking, p. – EMI Classics Signature Series (4 discs)
Now for the first time we can hear Gieseking’s masterful Debussy interpretations as they were heard in the studio in the 1950s.
BEETHOVEN: Mass in C; SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A Minor – Soloists/ Cologne Radio Ch./Cologne Radio-Symphony Orch./Walter Gieseking, p./Guenter Wand – Archipel
Two vintage performances from the literalist-perfectionist baton of Guenther Wand testify to a potent exacting taskmaster.