Walter Gieseking: His First Concerto Recordings | APR APR7308

Walter Gieseking: His First Concerto Recordings

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Label: APR

Cat No: APR7308

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 27th October 2017

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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 First, 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 First 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.

Tracklisting:

CD 1
1-3. Mozart - Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major ‘Jeunehomme’, K271
- Berlin State Opera House Orchestra / Hans Rosbaud
Recorded in Berlin on 29 September 1936
4-6. Mozart - Piano Sonata in B flat major, K570
Recorded in Berlin on 30 September 1936
7-9. Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15
- Berlin State Opera House Orchestra / Hans Rosbaud
Recorded in Berlin on 28 April 1937

CD 2
1-3. Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Op 58 (28.20)
- Saxon State Orchestra / Karl Böhm
Recorded in Berlin on 3 January 1939
4-6. Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major ‘Emperor’ Op 73 (35.38)
- Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Bruno Walter
Recorded in Vienna on 10-11 September 1934
7. JS Bach - Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV825: Menuett I – Menuett II – Gigue
Recorded in Vienna on 10 September 1934

CD 3
1-4. Liszt - Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major, S124
- London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Henry J Wood
Recorded in London on 31 October 1932
5. Franck - Variations symphoniques, M46
- London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Henry J Wood
Recorded in London on 31 October 1932
6-8. Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16
- Berlin State Opera House Orchestra / Hans Rosbaud
Recorded in Berlin on 28 April & 13 October 1937
9. Grieg - Lyric Pieces: At the Cradle, op.68 no.5 (2.38)
10. Grieg - Lyric Pieces: French Serenade, op.62 no.3 (1.37)
Recorded in Berlin on 29 April 1937

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