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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 / Szell, Gilels, Cleveland Orchestra


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 559442  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Emil Gilels stands out as giant among giants,” wrote Gramophone when the Odessa-born pianist died in 1985. “In terms of virtuosity he was second to none, yet his leonine power was tempered by a delicacy and poetry that few have matched and none has surpassed.” Beethoven was at the heart of Gilels’ repertoire and in 1968 he recorded this complete cycle of the composer’s piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and its long-standing maestro, another musical titan of the era, George Szell.

· STEREO
· RECORDED IN 1968
“Emil Gilels stands out as giant among giants,” wrote Gramophone when the Odessa-born pianist died in 1985. “In terms of virtuosity he was second to none, yet his leonine power was tempered by a delicacy and poetry that few have matched and none has surpassed.” Beethoven was at the heart of Gilels’ repertoire and in 1968 he recorded this complete cycle of the composer’s piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and its long-standing maestro, another musical titan of the era, George Szell.

· STEREO
· RECORDED IN 1968 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Variations (32) for Piano in C minor on an Original Theme, WoO 80 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Variations (12) for Piano in A major on a theme of Wranitzky, WoO 71 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Variations (8) for Piano in F major on a theme by Süssmayr, WoO 76 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A Real Treasure August 7, 2017 By Michael Ryan (Essex, ON) See All My Reviews "These recordings, originally made in 1968 and 1970, are here gathered together in one convenient package. They feature artists who were giants in their time. It is a joy to have such a musical treasure as this, and I have already listened to the entire five concertos several times." Report Abuse
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