Emil Gilels - Beethoven: Sonaten

Russian pianist Emil Gilels performs sonatas by Beethoven including Moonlight and Pathetique.

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Russian pianist Emil Gilels performs sonatas by Beethoven including Moonlight and Pathetique.


"Every man's death diminishes us all, but the death of a man so close to completing his greatest achievement and the summation of his life's work diminishes us all greatly — very, very greatly. When Emil Gilels died in 1985, he had completed recordings of most but not all of Beethoven's piano sonatas...for what there is, we must be grateful. Beyond all argument one of the great pianists of the twentieth century, Gilels the Soviet super virtuoso had slowly mellowed and ripened over his long career, and when he began recording the sonatas in 1972, his interpretations had matured and deepened while his superlative technique remained gloriously intact straight through to the last recordings of his final year." - AllMusic.com

 

Tracklisting:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 – “Pathetique”

I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Rondo (Allegro)

 

Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27 No.1

I. Andante – Allegro – Tempo I

II. Allegro molto e vivace

III. Adagio con espressione

IV. Allegro vivace – Tempo I – Presto

 

Piano Sonata No.14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 – “Moonlight”

I. Adagio sostenuto

II. Allegretto

III. Presto agitato

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