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Emil Gilels. Deutsche Grammophon 419 174-2 [Opp. 109 and 110]
Gilels is most impressive in the late sonatas. Right from the start of Opus 109 one can tell that something remarkable is afoot, and one is not disappointed by what follows. The readings are Olympian – the buildups, climaxes, and closings are perfectly gauged, and every phrase is rendered with that unmatched beauty of tone which sets Gilels apart from all others. Even when he opts for a slow tempo, his unerring sense of pulse and his shaping of line create a feeling of lift and movement. In short, these are readings that can stand beside anyone’s for profundity, humanity, and beauty of sound. The 1985 recording, Gilels’ last, is a fairly good digital effort with only a
touch of glare. – Ted Libbey, author of
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