Walter Gieseking

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Walter Gieseking was a master of complicated sound effects. If the pedal is the soul of the piano, as Rachmaninoff said it was, then Gieseking was the pianist who raised it to the most ethereal heights. His spectacular playing shines through Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto. This German radio broadcast from 1953 is an electrifying and passionate performance, and shows Gieseking’s outstanding musicianship. He gave a stirring performance of the Grieg piano concerto in 1951 with Kurt Schröder conducting Sinfonie-Orchester des Hessichen Rundfunks (RSO Frankfurt). These rare performances have never been issued before and have an historical importance.

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WALTER GIESEKING plays Grieg and Rachmaninoff

1-3. GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 [29:06]
Recorded ∙ 13 October 1951 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

4-6. RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op. 18 [30:45]
Recorded ∙ 20 July 1953 ∙ Frankfurt ∙ Altes Funkhaus Eschersheimer Landstraße ∙ Hessischer Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Walter Gieseking ∙ piano
Sinfonie-Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks
Kurt Schröder ∙ conductor

Additional Information

Article number: MC 1000
Release date: 02 May 2014
UPC barcode: 791154050002
Total time: 59:51

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Musikhochschule Saarbrücken
With special thanks to Allan Evans
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