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Here are three “name” works, brought together in re-packaged performances that offer many attractions. The concerto, recorded in 1966, was initially issued on a Seraphim LP. It comprises an unmannered direct reading, but one that is a bit blunt and unsubtle. As a bargain edition, it has virtually unmatchable competition from the 1961 Fleisher/Szell collaboration, which boasts a more subtly inflected solo part and orchestral accompaniment that is crisper, cleaner, and more incisive than what the efficient Leitner draws from the Philharmonia Orchestra. The sonatas, recorded in 1973 and 1975 in Paris, are another matter. I could not ascertain if they were originally produced for EMI, but what was immediately striking was piano reproduction of
uncommon fidelity and presence. Indeed, both recordings might well have been made yesterday. Again, Gelber’s playing, if a bit short on nuance, is technically proficient, refreshingly direct, and here, more than in the concerto, tonally attractive, with a few modifications of pulse that are thoroughly apt. Certainly at their modest price, these reissues may well appeal.
-- Mortimer H. Frank, Fanfare
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