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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 30 & 31 / Emil Gilels

Release Date: 10/16/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419174   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 

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