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The first two movements of the B flat minor Sonata have a demonic urgency. In the Scherzo it's amazing to be given such accuracy and textural clarity at such speed. Both nevertheless bring their full lyrical assuagement, the songful second subject in the first movement without the disruptive over-slowing of tempo sometimes heard. The trio of the Scherzo, while tenderly played, is all the more affecting for its simplicity. In the Funeral March Gavrilov's consistently maintained pulse brings home the inexorability of death with a noble dignity, while the trio, totally unsentimentalized by rubato, is a truly ethereal, Elysian vision. The finale he takes at one of the fastest speeds on record (1'08''), creating, without recourse to pedal haze
and with only the slightest dynamic gradations within Chopin's requested sotto voce e legato, as haunting an impression of the eerie intangibility of eddying 'wind over graves' as you could ever hope to hear from human fingers.
-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [6/1992]
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