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Debussy: Piano Works

Walter Gieseking

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Préludes, Book 1, L. 117  
1.1
I. Danseuses de Delphes
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:11
1.2
II. Voiles
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:45
1.3
III. Le vent dans la plaine
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
1:58
1.4
IV. 'Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir' - Ch. Baudelaire
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:31
1.5
V. Les collines d'Anacapri
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:47
1.6
VI. Des pas sur la neige
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:30
1.7
VII. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:46
1.8
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:24
1.9
IX. La sérénade interrompue
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:13
1.10
X. La cathédrale engloutie
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
6:34
1.11
XI. La danse de Puck
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:24
1.12
XII. Minstrels
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:05
Préludes, Book 2, L. 123  
1.13
I. Brouillards
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:42
1.14
II. Feuilles mortes
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:01
1.15
III. La Puerta del Vino
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:48
1.16
IV. 'Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses'
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:45
1.17
V. Bruyères
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:33
1.18
VI. 'General Lavine' - excentric
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:24
1.19
VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:50
1.20
VIII. Ondine
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:51
1.21
IX. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:07
1.22
X. Canope
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:44
1.23
XI. Les tierces alternées
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:25
1.24
XII. Feux d'artifice
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:44
Images, Book 1, L. 110  
1.25
No. 1 Reflets dans l'eau
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
5:05
1.26
No. 2 Hommage à Rameau
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
6:28
1.27
No. 3 Mouvement
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:01
Images, Book 2, L. 111  
1.28
No. 1 Cloches à travers les feuilles
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:49
1.29
No. 2 Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:53
1.30
No. 3 Poissons d'or
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:13
Pour le Piano, L. 95  
1.31
I. Prélude
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:30
1.32
II. Sarabande
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:43
1.33
III. Toccata
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:39
Estampes, L. 100  
1.34
I. Pagodes
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:11
1.35
II. La soirée dans Grenade
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:20
1.36
III. Jardins sous la pluie
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:24
12 Etudes, L. 136  
1.37
I. Pour les cinq doigts
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:51
1.38
II. Pour les tierce
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:22
1.39
III. Pour les quartes
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:10
1.40
IV. Pour les sixtes
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:22
1.41
V. Pour les ocatves
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:17
1.42
VI. Pour les huits doigts
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
1:35
1.43
VII. Pour les degrès chromatiques
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:05
1.44
VIII. Pour les agréments
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:09
1.45
IX. Pour les notes répetés
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:11
1.46
X. Pour les sonorités opposées
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:38
1.47
XI. Pour les arpèges composés
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:10
1.48
XII. Pour les accords
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:58
1.49
D'un cahier d'esquisses, L. 99 (Equisse)
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:48
1.50
Tarantelle styrienne, L. 69
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:52
1.51
Rêverie, L. 68
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:36
Deux Arabesques, L. 66  
1.52
No. 1 Andantino con moto
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:37
1.53
No. 2 Allegretto scherzando
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:53
1.54
Nocturne in D-Flat Major, L. 82
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:24
Debusy  
1.55
Valse Romantique, L. 71
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:13
1.56
L'Isle joyeuse, L. 106
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:59
1.57
Le Petit Nègre, L. 114
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
1:31
1.58
Masques, L. 105
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:14
1.59
Danse Bohémienne, L. 9
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
1:51
Ballade  
1.60
Andantino con moto
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
6:22
1.61
Mazurka, L. 67 (Scherzando - assez animé)
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:17
1.62
La plus que lente, L. 121
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:27
Suite Bergamasque, L. 75  
1.63
I. Prélude (Moderato)
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:34
1.64
II. Menuet (Andantino)
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:24
1.65
III. Clair de lune (Andante très expressif)
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
5:15
1.66
IV. Passepied (Allegretto ma non troppo)
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:45
1.67
Berceuse Héroïque, L. 138
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
4:40
1.68
Hommage à Haydn, L. 115
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
1:42
1.69
Children's Corner, L. 113 I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:21
Children's Corner, L. 113  
1.70
II. Jimbo's Lullaby
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:27
1.71
III. Serenade for the Doll
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
3:08
1.72
IV. The Snow is Dancing
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:19
1.73
V. The Little Shepherd
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:08
1.74
VI. Golliwogg's Cake Walk
Claude Debussy; Walter Gieseking
2:49
Total Playing Time    4:07:42
"... in the entire history of performance I doubt whether there has ever existed a more subtle or golden thread than that between Debussy and Gieseking ... Gieseking’s insight and iridescence in Debussy are so compelling and hypnotic that they prompt either a book or a blank page – an unsatisfactory state where criticism or assessment is concerned! ... These records should be in every musician’s library, be they singer or conductor, violinist or pianist, etc. If Gramophone believed in a starring system they would deserve a heavenful of stars." - Gramophone These classic performances belong in the collection of anyone who cares about Debussy's piano music. Walter Gieseking's career was a troubled one--his pandering to the Nazi party cast a shadow over his last years, but the greatest irony of all was that this German nationalist turned out to be the greatest exponent of French music of his era. His Debussy playing marries an effortlessly subtle control of the keyboard to a real sense of fantasy. The music truly shimmers in his hands, and despite the limited range of the mono recording, the ear quickly adjusts. These miraculous recordings, dating from the early 1950s, continue to set a standard in the interpretation of the French master’s music.
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