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From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. 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.
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November Learn how and when to remove this template message. He had fkute 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.
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. It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.
Gieseking’s performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concertoin which anti-aircraft fire is audible, is giesekimg of the earliest stereo recordings, following a rendition of the same work in for Columbia, with Bruno Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.
He was criticized for this by pianists Vladimir Horowitzwho, 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. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed. For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: 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.
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 Busoni gieseklng, HindemithSchoenberg and the lesser-known Italian Petrassi.
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Although there had been giesekiny protests in Australia and Peru, for examplehis American tour was the only group of concerts actually cancelled due to the outcry. 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.
There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. This article has multiple issues. Retrieved from ” https: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
giesekibg Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U. Sometimes, according to Harold C. From to earlyhe studied at the Hanover Conservatory. Because of his gifts of a natural technique, gieswking pitch, and abnormally acute faculty for memorization, Gieseking was able to master unfamiliar repertoire with relatively little practice.
His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. Wikiquote has quotations related to: His family travelled frequently and he was privately educated. Born in LyonFrance, the son flite a German doctor and lepidopteristGieseking first started playing the piano at the age of four, but without formal instruction.
This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire rlute by heart in one day. He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in Learn how and when to remove these template messages.
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He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States. His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an exceptional and lasting reputation. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. A few of them have recently been recorded on CD. Views Read Edit View history.
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His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. 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.
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