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His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From Wikipedia, the free flutd. For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of gisseking students by teacher: By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U.

Walter Gieseking

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. 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 geiseking book My Many Years a conversation with Gieseking in which alleges he said “I am a committed Nazi.

Views Read Edit View history. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. 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.

Walter Gieseking – Wikipedia

A few of them have recently been recorded on CD. There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. This article has multiple issues.


It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane. Hitler is saving our country. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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

Although some of his performances, particularly tlute, could be marred by wrong notes, Gieseking’s best performances, as in studio recording sessions, were virtually flawless.

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.

His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out and well received, and he was more popular than ever. He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in From to earlyhe studied at the Hanover Conservatory.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Walter Gieseking. He continued to play in many fluute countries, and in he finally returned to the United States.

Unsourced material may giesekjng challenged and removed. From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano.


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 BusoniHindemithSchoenberg and the lesser-known Italian Petrassi.

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

Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in glute day. Learn how and when to remove fltue template messages. This article needs additional citations for verification. 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.

Although there had been other protests in Australia and Peru, for examplehis American tour was the only group of concerts actually cancelled due to the outcry. 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.

Sometimes, according to Harold C. He made his first appearance as a giesekinh pianist inbut was conscripted in and spent the remainder of World War I as a regimental bandsman.

Because of his ggieseking of a natural technique, perfect pitch, and abnormally acute faculty for memorization, Gieseking was able to master unfamiliar repertoire with relatively little practice.