[ Warner Classics / 3 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
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"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.
"Poet and virtuoso in more or less equal proportions, Emil Gilels was one of the century's greatest Beethoven interpreters." Gramophone
"Gilels is simply superb in every one of the five concertos, from the classical elegance of the first two, to the Apollonian splendour of the Fourth and the imperial grandeur of the "Emperor". Georg Szell had, by the time of these recordings, honed the Cleveland Orchestra into one of the great ensembles and their contribution to these recordings is everything one could hope for." ClassicalNet
Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)
Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80
Variations (12) on a Russian Dance, WoO 71
Variations (6) on an original theme 'Die Ruinen von Athen', Op. 76