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Penguin Guide, January 2009

These two vintage recordings by Walter Gieseking are among the few available from the 1930s. The earlier is the Emperor, recorded in Vienna in 1934, while No. 4 followed five years later, recorded in Dresden with Boehm and the Saxon State Orchestra…these have a flowing account of the Emperor slow movement and a brisk, beautifully lilted one of the finale. By comparison, No. 4 is given a fresh, alert performance…





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