A phenomenal technician and colorist who made melody communicate to a unique degree and played with great stylistic differentiation, Walter Gieseking was one of the most individual and consistently inspired pianists of our time. Although his commercial recordings encompass some of the great recordings ever made, he didn't live to record under ideal circumstances even a small part of his vast repertoire. The present disc of broadcast performances is therefore of especial importance not only in increasing the Gieseking legacy but in chronicling the history of great pianism. The Concerto K488 and the Sonata K545 appear on CD for the first time in this collection, while the Concerto K467 and the Sonata K576 are issued here in considerably improved sound over prior editions.
CD-1008(2) GIESEKING PLAYS MOZART CD No. 1 (69:33): Piano Concerto No. 9, K271 in E-flat, ORTF, Igor Markevitch, 11 IX 1955 (Montreux); Piano Concerto No. 21, K467 in C, Philharmonic Symphony Orch., Guido Cantelli, 26 III 1955 (New York); Piano Sonata, K545 in C, NDR, 10 XI 1954 (Hamburg).
CD No. 2 (65:01): Piano Concerto No. 27, K595 in B-flat, Lausanne Chamber Orch., Victor Desarzens, 17 XII 1948 (Lausanne); Piano Concerto No. 23, K488 in A, Zurich Tonhalle Orch., Volkmar Andreae, VI 1949 (Zurich); Piano Sonata, K576 in D, 17 VIII 1944. Walter Gieseking, piano. [AAD]