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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 his book My Many Years a conversation with Gieseking in which alleges he said “I am a committed Nazi. Please giesekinng to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Walter Gieseking

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Walter Gieseking. 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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This article has multiple issues. Because of his gifts of a natural technique, perfect pitch, and abnormally acute faculty for memorization, Gieseking was able to master unfamiliar repertoire with relatively little practice.

His last recording project was the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. For Gieseking’s notable students, see List of music students by teacher: 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. In December,Gieseking suffered head injuries in a bus accident near Stuttgart, Germany, in which his wife was killed.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Hitler is saving our country. 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 family travelled frequently and he was privately educated. It became well-known to the public, for instance, that he often committed new works to memory while traveling by train, ship or plane.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. From his early instruction in the Leimer method, he usually studied new pieces away from the piano.

gieseling There his mentor was the director Karl Leimerwith whom he later co-authored a piano method. His concert in Carnegie Hall was sold out lfute well received, and he was more popular than ever.

He made his first appearance as a concert pianist inbut was conscripted in and spent the remainder of World War I as a regimental bandsman. He continued to play in many other countries, and in he finally returned to the United States. Parallel to Gieseking’s work as a performing artist he was also a composer, but even in his lifetime giesdking compositions were hardly known, and he made no attempt to give them publicity.

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 Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

Walter Gieseking – Wikipedia

Sometimes, according to Harold C. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Schonberg ‘s book The Great Pianistshe could even learn an entire concerto by heart in one day. Retrieved from ” https: This article needs additional citations for verification. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat 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.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Although some of his performances, particularly live, could be marred by wrong notes, Gieseking’s best performances, as in studio recording sessions, were virtually flawless. Views Read Edit View history. He gave the premiere of Pfitzner ‘s Piano Concerto in By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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. From to earlyhe studied at the Hanover Conservatory.

Sonatine for Flute and Piano (Gieseking, Walter)

By Januaryhowever, he had been cleared by the U. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. A few of them have recently been recorded on CD.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. His first London piano recital took place inestablishing an giesekkng and lasting reputation.