Sunday, 8 April 2012

Walter Gieseking as a Composer: Children's Songs



It is not well-known that the eminent German pianist Walter Gieseking (1895-1956), a sublime colorist, also composed himself. Apart from music for the piano and chamber music pieces, he wrote this charming song cycle for his daughters Jutta and Freya. Gieseking's idiom is influenced by the late Romantic German composers, but also by the French impressionists, notably Ravel... sometimes humorous, with a quote of Chopin's Funeral March at 7:03! Maybe his style lacked a certain originality, but who cares when hearing these superb musicians! Sublime and definitive performance by Schwarzkopf and Gieseking.

21 Kinderlieder - nach Gedichten von Paula und Richard Dehmel (1934-35)
21 Children's Songs after poems of Paula and Richard Dehmel



Titles:
Geht leise
Witte woll schlafen
Seereise
Mein Wagen
Heilsprüchel
Wenn Rumpumpel brummig ist
Der Pudding
Zwei Mäulchen
Mückebold
Das Scherchen
Tintenheinz und Plätscherlottchen
Es regnet
Trösterchen
Drei Bäumchen
Schabernack
Hansel und Gretel
Kinderküche
Der Reitersmann
Käferlied
Puhstemuhme
Gutenachtliedchen

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1915-2006), soprano
Walter Gieseking (1895-1956), piano
Rec. 50s




1 comment:

  1. Lovely, I love these songs! And Schwarzkopf's singing is very lively here!

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