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BACH, J.S.: Partitas Nos. 1, 5, 6 / Italian Concerto / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonata No. 17, "Tempest" (Gieseking) (1934-1940)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann SebastianBeethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Gieseking, Walter, piano
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.111353
Label Naxos Historical
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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

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

Though of German parentage, his French place of birth gave Walter Gieseking a split loyalty between the composers from both counties, though in a distinguished career he was particularly associated with Debussy and Ravel. Bach, on the other hand, formed a very small part of his concert repertoire, much of the present disc coming from considerable time spent in the Columbia recording studio in 1939. His view was very rhythmically and emotionally straightlaced, though he played it in purely pianistic terms with no attempt to create the period correctness that had yet to become fashionable. The accuracy of his fingers could fashion an extremely fast final Rondo to the Italian Concerto, and it is unclear as to how much use he made of pedals, but his general

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