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Beethoven: Sonaten "Waldstein", "Les Adieux" / Emil Gilels

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419162   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emil Gilels. DG 419 162-2 [Appassionata, Waldstein, and Les Adieux]
Gilels unfailingly conveys a manly strength in his performances of Beethoven’s music. There is a percussive hardness to his tone that is fitting, as well as a softness that is amazing, qualities few other pianists have cultivated as skillfully. And there is always a feeling of power in reserve. The technique is stunning: rhythm is deadly accurate, scales are evenly weighted. But what is truly extraordinary is the lively, leonine quality of the playing, the lava-like flow of thought that is volcanic in its power, but never chaotic. Gilels’ account of the Waldstein has the quintessential energy and gruffness one associates with the work, and his rendition of Les
Read more Adieux is among the most potent and imaginative ever captured. The analog recordings, from 1972-74, are solid, dry, and tightly focused. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 

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