Walter Gieseking is known as one of the greatest 20th-century pianists, and his playing of Debussy and Ravel in particular is often regarded as definitive. For most of his recording career he recorded for Columbia, and many of these recordings have been
frequently reissued, but his earliest recordings were made in the 1920s for the German label Homocord and these are hardly known.
This set brings together all of them in their first complete CD transfer, and sheds new light on Gieseking’s playing. We hear him in composers such as Chopin and Liszt who he did not feature much in his later years, as well as his earliest takes on the repertoire for which he was to become best known.
The set is completed with other rarities: his single Brunswick disc and various previously unissued recordings from a variety of labels. Of particular interest are two major works for flute and piano where we find Gieseking in his much less well known role of composer.