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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

Some recoupling of Gilels's distinguished library of Beethoven piano sonata recordings was, I suppose, inevitable when CD reissues were being contemplated, even though he himself was particularly interested in playing and recording certain sonatas—e.g. Les adieux with Opp. 79 and 90—in carefully selected groups. As it is, we have here five named sonatas. The second disc couples the Waldstein, the Appassionata, and Les adieux, and immediately establishes a claim to being one of the most desirable of all Beethoven piano sonata collections yet to be released on CD.

Throughout these three sonatas Gilels plays the music with an architect's sense of structure, great technical brilliance, and that uncanny blend of intellectual
Read more attack and intellectual distance which give his recordings of works like the Appassionata, and the Hammerklavier Sonata their peculiar force and distinction.

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [8/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1. 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 
2. 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 
3. 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 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No.21 In C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 2. Introduzione (Adagio molto)
Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": 3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato)
Piano Sonata No.21 in C, Op.53 -"Waldstein": - Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux": 1. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux": 2. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
Piano Sonata No.26 in E flat, Op.81a -"Les adieux": 3. Das Wiedersehn (Vivacissimamente)
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 1. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 2. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No.23 In F Minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata": 3. Allegro ma non troppo

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