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Although some of his performances, particularly live, could be marred by wrong notes, Gieseking’s best performances, as in studio recording sessions, were virtually flawless. From to earlyhe studied at the Hanover Conservatory. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. Gieseking had a very wide giseeking, 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.

It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane. He made his first appearance as a concert pianist inbut was conscripted in and spent giesekihg remainder of World War I as a regimental bandsman.

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Parallel to Gieseking’s work as a giieseking 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.

Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in one day. Wikiquote has quotations related to: His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated. 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 Gieseekingvirtually all of whose solo piano music he recorded on LP for EMI in the early s the Mozart and Debussy flhte 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.

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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. Gieseking’s performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concertoin which anti-aircraft fire is audible, is one of the earliest stereo recordings, following a flutte of geseking same work in for Giezeking, with Bruno Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

He was criticized for this by pianists Vladimir Horowitzgieesking, in the book Evenings with Horowitzcalls Gieseking a “supporter of the Nazi,” and by Arthur Rubinstein who recounted in his book My Many Years a conversation with Gieseking in which alleges he said “I am a committed Nazi.

This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Retrieved from ” https: For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: 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. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.


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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method.

Walter Gieseking

This article has multiple issues. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. Hitler is saving our country. A few of them have recently been recorded on CD. From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Walter Gieseking.

His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation.

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His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. Sometimes, according to Harold C. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.