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His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation. Today, though, he is particularly remembered for his recordings of the complete piano works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the two French impressionist masters Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravelvirtually all of whose solo piano music he recorded on LP for EMI in the early s the Mozart and Debussy sets have recently been re-released on CDafter recording much of it for Columbia in the s and s, some of which have also been re-released on CD.
He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in Gieseking had a very wide repertoire, ranging from various pieces by Bach and the core works by Beethoven to the concertos of Rachmaninoff and more modern works by composers such as BusoniHindemithSchoenberg and the lesser-known Italian Petrassi.
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His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, f,ute he was more popular than ever. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat This article needs additional citations for verification.
As Gieseking’s father had earned a living as a lepidopteristGieseking also devoted much time to the collecting of butterflies and moths throughout his life. Igeseking Learn how and when to remove this template message. Views Read Edit View history. He made his first appearance as a concert pianist inbut was conscripted in and spent the remainder of World War I as a regimental bandsman.
His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.
Gieseking’s performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concertoin which anti-aircraft fire is audible, is one of the earliest stereo recordings, following a rendition of the same work in for Columbia, with Bruno Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.
Sonatine for Flute and Piano (Gieseking, Walter)
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Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. From to earlyhe studied at the Hanover Conservatory. Parallel to Gieseking’s work as a performing artist he was also a composer, but even in his lifetime his compositions were hardly known, and he made no attempt to give them publicity.
A few of them have recently been recorded on CD. Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in one day. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.
Because of his gifts of a natural technique, perfect pitch, and abnormally acute faculty for memorization, Gieseking was able to master unfamiliar repertoire with relatively little practice.
There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. Hitler is saving our country.
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Born in LyonFrance, the son of a German doctor and lepidopteristGieseking first started playing the piano at the age of four, but without formal instruction. His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Sometimes, according to Harold C. He had completed the first three movements and, the following day, was due to record the rondo finale but died a few days later of postoperative complications for the relief of pancreatitis.