Walter Gieseking plays Bach & Beethoven

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Walter Gieseking plays Bach & Beethoven

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111353
(8.111353)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st June 2009

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0747313335329

Length:

78 minutes

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Walter Gieseking plays Bach & Beethoven


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Recorded in January 1940, Berlin

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825 (excerpts)

Recorded in January 1939, in Berlin and August 1934, in Vienna

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829

Recorded on 5th April 1939, in New York

Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV830

Recorded on 28th February 1939, in New York

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816 (excerpts)

(Gigue) Recorded on 5th April 1939, in New York

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

(arr. M. Hess) Recorded on 5th April 1939, in New York

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Recorded on 13th March 1931, in Westminster Central Hall, London

Bagatelle in E flat major, Op. 33 No. 1

Recorded on 11th August 1938, in Westminster Central Hall, London


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Walter Gieseking’s interpretations of Bach in the early years of his career gained him laurels for “his control over shades of tone, especially over infinite gradations in the range between piano and pianissimo, the clear definition of his agile finger-work, and the firm outlines of his rhythm and phrasing… This style, so lucid and so rhythmical, is the perfect vehicle for Bach’s keyboard music”.

Gieseking’s 1931 account of Beethoven’s ‘Tempest’ Sonata also won him contemporary critical accolades: “Perfect playing matched with perfect recording. I know of no better interpretation of this sonata… a splendid achievement, one of the high water marks of piano recording”.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in the Italian Style, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto"

I. [Allegro]

II. Andante

III. Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825

I. Praeludium

IV. Sarabande

V. Menuet I-II

VI. Giga

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829

I. Preambulum

II. Allemande

III. Corrente

IV. Sarabande

V. Tempo di Minuetto

VI. Passepied

VII. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830

I. Toccata

II. Allemande

III. Corrente

IV. Air

V. Sarabande

VI. Tempo di gavotta

VII. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816: VIII. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude, "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" (arr. M. Hess)

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude, "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" (arr. M. Hess)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"

I. Largo - Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto

Ludwig van Beethoven: 7 Bagatelles, Op. 33

7 Bagatelles, Op. 33: No. 1 in E flat major

Gramophone Magazine

January 2010

“…Gieseking's Bach… has a peerless lightness, grace and natural beauty… In the Fifth Partita… Gieseking shows the most subtle virtuosity and is no less convincing in the Sixth Partita's more strenuous and concentrated demands.”

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