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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 (Gilels, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Boult) (1967)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Boult, Adrian, Conductor • New Philharmonia OrchestraGilels, Emil, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue ICAC5000
Label ICA Classics
Quality   320kbps
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A wonderful older recording
Review By WH99400,May 2011

This disc consists of Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3, as played by Emil Gilels in July 1967. Yes, you can hear that this was an analog recording – but the slight amount of tape hiss is not disturbing at all as soon as the music starts. The quality of the performance, though, really made this listener wish he could have been on-site back then with a digital tape recorder in-hand.

Mr. Gilels is well known for his fluid playing, and these two concertos are like silk underneath his fingers. Concerto No. 1 is captivating from the first movement on, with the orchestra in perfect balance with the soloist (kudos to the oboe player!). The 2nd movement has just the proper pacing to contrast beautifully with the playful 3rd movement’s off-to-the-races start. It is a delight all more....

Gilels-Beethoven Pia Con 1&3
Review By AC115521,March 2011

This recording of the Piano Concertos #1 and #3 of Beethoven has its origin in a series of concerts given by the famed Russian pianist, Emil Gilels in the summer of 1967 at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The series was devoted to all 5 Piano Concerti plus misc. orchestral works of the composer.

Sir Adrian Boult led the New Philharmonia Orchestra. The performances are lithe and confident in conception as well as execution. Dynamic shadings are meticulously worked out. The two Largo movements in particular profit from this attention to detail. Certainly, more robust, heavily accented renditions of these works (including other versions by Gilels) are to be found.

Nevertheless there is something very appealing and arresting about these thoughtful, patrician more....


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