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Beethoven: Emperor Concerto, Moonlight, Pathétique / Gelber


Release Date: 11/22/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 86866   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Read more 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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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (Piano)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bruno-Leonardo Gelber (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 

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