Debussy: The Complete Works For Piano Box set
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, March 23, 2004
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As for those who persist in finding Gieseking's interpretations "unromantic" or otherwise "Germanic" in their exposition, I would hasten to quash their criticism utterly on all grounds other than, of course, the final arbiter of personal taste. If certain listeners unfamiliar with the true Romantic Piano Tradition as exemplified on record by the likes of Hofmann, Schnabel, Paderewski, Godowsky, et al., and hence adopted by such devoted musicians as Gieseking, prefer their Debussy presented in formless, meter-less, pedal-heavy miasmatic tides of indistinct sounds, washing over them like a Turner seascape but leaving them knowing nothing about the pieces nor perceiving their true beauties as miniature art works, then by all means, latch on to some nameless modern practitioner painting his murky pictures on a five-dollar "Debussy For A Sunday Afternoon" compilation, and draw your bath.Read more ›
As well, I have Debussy's recordings from 1913, one on Pierain and the other is on Dal Segno. The Dal Segno has a few extra pieces that are not on the Pierain release.
Giesekings profound understanding of the nuances and details of these beautiful piano pieces is like few others I've heard.
The only drawback is the recording quality, which is a problem. Even at low volume the distracting poor quality is a serious issue.
Upon further consideration, though Gieseking does some interesting things, overall I have to give my preference to Pascal ROGE on London. Also Jean Bernard Pommier does a fine performance as well.
I prefer these 2 pianists more than the following: Michelangeli (a long time fav) , Zimerman, Thibaudet, Thoillier. I have the Monique Hass on order.
I like Debussy with exquiste nuances. For that I go to Roge, Pommier. And few others. Look at all my reviews in Ravel for 2 other mentions. Tharaud and Bavouzet
I give Gieseking a 3 Star.
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Walter Gieseking, I understand, was the premier interpreter of most of the 20th Century for Debussy. And these CDs prove it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BROADWAY GEORGE
I like both Debussy and Walter Gieseking, one of the best piano players I ever heard (and saw).Published 18 months ago by P. Stossel
Full disclosure: Debussy (and Ravel) are my favorite composers so I am inclined to enjoy almost everyone's interpretations of their pieces. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by insound
This set is missing a few things, among them a third set of Images, as well as a number of smalller pieces such as 'Le Soirs Illumines Par L'Ardeur Du Charbon' and others.Published on February 7, 2010 by kris28
Even though recorded in mono, I highly recommend this nearly complete recording of Debussy's piano solo work for its sheer beauty and poetry... Read morePublished on August 7, 2009 by Christian Mueller
Everything was as promised- time, CD, etc. I got the CD for a friend, and he loves it, so there's nothing more that I could ask!Published on July 3, 2008 by Y. Kim
I should probably qualify my distate for these albums by saying that, like many piano players I don't particularly care for, the playing is not bad, is in fact even fine, but I... Read morePublished on July 14, 2007 by Michael Tillman
I have to agree with the reviewers complaining about the sound quality on these CD's. I first discovered Debussy's piano music through these recordings when I was left my... Read morePublished on March 31, 2007 by EGAG
No one plays Debussy better than Mr Gieseking. You will be transported to an alternate reality when listening to the beauty of this music. A foretaste of heaven.Published on March 20, 2007 by Red Featherette
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