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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 / Boult, Gilels

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
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Notes & Reviews:

These never-before-issued live performances from London's Royal Festival Hall in 1967 capture Gilels at his best, playing in front of an audience, away from the confines of the studio. William Mann in the Times wrote after the concert of Concerto No.3, "For all his truly Beethovenian brio in the first movement, Gilels never allowed this to get the better of the clarity and firmness of his phraseology, indeed his opening was like chiselled stone.

"his playing is so vivid, so lyrical, so natural in its mastery...Every run and trill and arpeggio makes beautiful, effortless music. Once past a slightly tentative start to No 1, Boult and the New Philharmonia are crisp, warm-hearted accompanists. These are performances to relish." -Sunday Times

The Sunday Times, London
The lyrical beauty of Gilel's playing is lovingly displayed at the Festival Hall in 1967.

American Record Guide
Make no mistake, this is a fine performance and a good recording; Gilels and Boult give good, solid readings...

MusicWeb International
Boult proves his sagacious self. There may be the merest hint of unease orchestrally in the C major, but things very quickly settle down to a lucid exposition. The playing is excellent, even droll in places. Gilels sweeps into the first movement cadenza - the more concise of the two is played. The slow movement is highly expressive, whilst the finale is vital and engaging, with ensemble at its tightest.

Gramophone Magazine
Here, the klavier-tiger storms of Gilels's first appearances in the West...are resolved in playing of a transparency, elegance and calm that were no less characteristic of his later career...for unalloyed dignity and composure, these performances are hard to equal. Sir Adrian Boult's gentlemanly, unobtrusive beat is a further asset in these finely transferred recordings.

BBC Music Magazine
Unshowy, massively intelligent accounts...whose structures are architecturally drawn and finely delineated, with wonderful tone-quality in the slow movements. More physical, less spiritual than Rubinstein Gilels nevertheless compels admiration by the total honesty and conviction of his playing. Adrian Boult's contribution is, as usual, finely articulated and focused.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Festival Hall, London.


Emil Gilels - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Excellent recording! The performance was stunning and brilliantly executed. The slight crowd noise being heard in the recording actually made me feel as I was in attendance at the performance. Excellent work by all parties involved.
Submitted on 04/18/11 by SRA 
A wonderful older recording
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 the way through. Piano Concerto No. 3 is just as enjoyable as Piano Concerto No. 1, and the orchestra really sets the tone right out of the gate. And when the piano comes in, it matches the authoritative tone and gentility appropriately. The 2nd movement is introspective and beautiful from start to finish, and again the orchestra and soloist have an even partnership. And the 3rd movement is just joyful to listen to, filled with virtuosic runs up and down the keyboard that lead to playful interactions between the orchestra and soloist. If you are the type of listener that doesn’t mind a non-all-digital recording, then pick up this disc. After each Concerto, the audience can be heard applauding loudly – and it is hard to resist the temptation to join right in. This is good stuff!
Submitted on 05/23/11 by KlingonOpera 
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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 34 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 35 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803