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Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas

Emil Gilels

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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, released here in a nine-disc set. What's here is unimaginably good: superlative recordings of 27 of the 32 canonical sonatas, including the "Pathétique," "Moonlight," "Waldstein," "Appassionata," "Les Adieux," and the majestic "Hammerklavier," plus the two early "Electoral" Sonatas and the mighty Eroica Variations. What's missing is unimaginably priceless: five of the canonical sonatas, including the first and -- horror vacui -- the last. But still, 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. In performance after performance, one marvels at Gilels' virtuosity, his expressivity, and his sheer joy in music-making. But most of all, it is through the intensity of Gilels' interpretations, in the way he finds the depths of the Largos and reaches the heights of the Allegro vivaces, in the way he seems to so thoroughly understand and completely identify with Beethoven's music, that we understand it in a new and better way ourselves. While obviously not the only Beethoven piano sonata set one should have on the shelf, any Beethoven collection without Gilels is a poorer Beethoven collection. From high stereo to early digital, Deutsche Grammophon's sound is consistently translucent.
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Piano Sonata No.2 in A, Op.2 No.2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro vivace
00:07:08

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Largo appassionato
00:07:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Scherzo (Allegretto)
00:03:29

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Rondo (Grazioso)
00:07:31

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.3 in C, Op.2 No.3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
1. Allegro con brio
00:10:09

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Alder, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Producer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Jobst Eberhardt, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
2. Adagio
00:08:50

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Alder, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Producer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Jobst Eberhardt, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
00:03:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Alder, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Producer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Jobst Eberhardt, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
4. Allegro assai
00:05:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Alder, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Producer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Jobst Eberhardt, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3 Sonatas for Piano, WoO 47 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
1. Sonata in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro cantabile
00:04:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
1. Sonata in E-Flat Major: II. Andante
00:03:59

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
1. Sonata in E-Flat Major: III. Rondo vivace
00:02:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
2. Sonata in F Minor: I. Larghetto maestoso - Allegro assai
00:05:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
2. Sonata in F Minor: II. Andante
00:06:39

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
2. Sonata in F Minor: III. Presto
00:03:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 2

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro molto e con brio
00:08:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Largo, con gran espressione
00:10:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Allegro
00:05:51

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso
00:07:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer - Rainer Hoepfner, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Gregor Zielinsky, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1985 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
00:09:11

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1981 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

6
2. Adagio cantabile
00:05:46

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1981 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor, Op.13 -"Pathétique" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

7
3. Rondo (Allegro)
00:05:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Editor, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1981 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.10 in G, Op.14 No.2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

8
1. Allegro
00:08:06

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Gregor Zielinsky, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
2. Andante
00:08:05

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Gregor Zielinsky, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
3. Scherzo (Allegro assai)
00:03:47

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Gregor Zielinsky, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 3

Piano Sonata No.5 in C minor, Op.10 No.1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro molto e con brio
00:07:01

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Gregor Zielinsky, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Adagio molto
00:11:44

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Gregor Zielinsky, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Finale (Prestissimo)
00:04:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jürgen Bulgrin, Producer - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Producer - Werner Mayer, Producer - Hans-Rudolf Müller, Producer - Gregor Zielinsky, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.6 in F, Op.10 No.2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

4
1. Allegro
00:08:55

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Volker Martin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1974 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
2. Allegretto
00:05:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Volker Martin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1974 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
3. Presto
00:03:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jobst Eberhardt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Volker Martin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1974 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.7 in D, Op.10 No.3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

7
1. Presto
00:06:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
2. Largo e mesto
00:10:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
00:02:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
4. Rondo (Allegro)
00:04:14

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 4

Piano Sonata No.11 in B flat, Op.22 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
1. Allegro con brio
00:08:08

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Adagio con molto espressione
00:11:18

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Menuetto
00:03:49

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
4. Rondo (Allegretto)
00:07:20

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jürgen Bulgrin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hans-Peter Schweigmann, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.12 in A flat, Op.26 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
1. Andante con variazioni
00:08:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
00:02:50

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
3. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe
00:06:23

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
4. Allegro
00:02:26

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jobst Eberhardt, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guenther Breest, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1976 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15 Variations on "Eroica" in E-Flat Major, Op. 35 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
Introduction. Allegro vivace
00:03:00

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Theme
00:00:42

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Variation I
00:00:37

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Variation II
00:00:51

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Variation III
00:00:39

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Variation IV
00:00:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Variation V
00:00:52

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Variation VI
00:00:32

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhild Schmidt, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Klaus Behrens, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Werner Mayer, Producer, Recording Producer - Klaus Scheibe, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanno Rinke, Producer

℗ 1982 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

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, released here in a nine-disc set. What's here is unimaginably good: superlative recordings of 27 of the 32 canonical sonatas, including the "Pathétique," "Moonlight," "Waldstein," "Appassionata," "Les Adieux," and the majestic "Hammerklavier," plus the two early "Electoral" Sonatas and the mighty Eroica Variations. What's missing is unimaginably priceless: five of the canonical sonatas, including the first and -- horror vacui -- the last. But still, 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. In performance after performance, one marvels at Gilels' virtuosity, his expressivity, and his sheer joy in music-making. But most of all, it is through the intensity of Gilels' interpretations, in the way he finds the depths of the Largos and reaches the heights of the Allegro vivaces, in the way he seems to so thoroughly understand and completely identify with Beethoven's music, that we understand it in a new and better way ourselves. While obviously not the only Beethoven piano sonata set one should have on the shelf, any Beethoven collection without Gilels is a poorer Beethoven collection. From high stereo to early digital, Deutsche Grammophon's sound is consistently translucent.
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