HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Preludes, Book 2 – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 301 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Preludes, Book 1 – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 326 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI) Edward Grieg/Franz Liszt – Piano Concerti – György Cziffra

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Hungarian born György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, noted for his powers of improvisation as a Liszt pianist. The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra’s ‘mercurial quality’ while the Liszt Concerto is very much in the style with which Liszt ‘loved to astonish his adoring audiences’.
Cziffra’s legendary virtuosity and near-superhuman work ethic tended to overshadow the inner turmoil of a man who suffered deeply under the Nazi oppression, and then later from the post-war Hungarian regime, which eventually drove him into exile.

Composer: Edward Grieg, Franz Liszt
Performer: György Cziffra
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: André Vandernoot
Vinyl (1959)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 507 MB
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Various Artists: Mercury Living Presence 3 (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Franz Lehár, Imre Kálman, Erno Dohnányi, Emil Waldteufel, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss, Ernest Bloch, Cesar Franck, Arthur Sullivan, Ottorino Respighi, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner
# Orchestras: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble
# Conductors: Antal Doráti, Howard Hanson, Paul Paray, Frederick Fennell
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12, DR 15, DR 13
# Label: Mercury | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.24GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.42GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (Columbia) Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonatas No. 30 & 31 – Walter Gieseking

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Everybody knows about Gieseking and Debussy, but for some reason I (and perhaps others) came late to the party featuring Gieseking and Beethoven. Silly me. What a great match. This is old world–perhaps best described as an older style of playing. Gieseking’s pianism and technical prowess is fabulous, but he puts greater emphasis on the soul, and the arc of each sonata. It fits like a glove, in my opinion.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1951-55)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Columbia
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 316 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Images 1 & 2 – Pour Le Piano – Estampes – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 464 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – Children’s Corner – Suite Bergamasque – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 12
Size: 293 MB
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Forlane) Erik Satie – Piano – France Clidat

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This is a varied and at times peaceful album, performed with exquisite taste. You probably know the Gymnopedies pieces found here. Try the samples, and you may well find you recognize them. Much of the rest of album is equally beautiful, though a few of the pieces, such as Je te veux, are on the light side, and others get rather strident. I suppose some of this was new age music created before there was new age music. The playing is nonetheless very sensitive and deeply soulful. Some of the melodies found here, particularly the Gymnopedies and Gnossienne, are deep and sad and full of emotion.
France Clidat (Nantes, 22 November 1932 – Paris, 17 May 2012) was a French pianist renowned for her interpretations of the works of Franz Liszt, a great many of which she recorded, and Erik Satie, whose complete piano works she recorded

Composer: Erik Satie
Performer: France Clidat
Vinyl (1980)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Forlane
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 803 MB
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HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Claude Debussy – 15 Piano Pieces – Walter Gieseking

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Most looking at Gieseking’s Debussy recordings for EMI already know what it’s about; Gieseking’s interpretations have been seminal since their original release, if not without controversy. Whether you feel that nobody has done them better, or you have quibbles with his approach, these are indeed recordings that everyone moderately interested in Debussy or even classical music should at least hear.

Composer: Claude Debussy
Performer: Walter Gieseking
Vinyl (1954)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 514 MB
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Wiener Philharmoniker: Decca – The Orchestral Edition (6LP box set, 180g pressings)

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# Composers: Richard Wagner, Gustav Holst, Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss II, Otto Nicolai, Emik Nikolaus Von Reznicek, Richard Heuberger, Ludwig van Beethoven
# Orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker
# Conductors: Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Willi Boskovsky, Karl Münchinger, Zubin Mehta, George Szell
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12, DR 14, DR 14, DR 13, DR 13, DR 15
# Label: Decca | 478 7464
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (12.5GB), 24-bit/96kHz (6.27GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.63GB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
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It’s the Wiener Philharmoniker. The performances speak for themselves.

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