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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; Polonaises Nos. 3, 4 & 6; Ballade No. 1

Notes & Reviews:

Richard Osborne, Gramophone Magazine
No pianist distils tone with a finer touch ... than Gilels. [... ] We can hear luminous and illuminating polyphony everywhere in Gilels's Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann.

Gramophone Magazine (John Steane, A Quarterly Retrospect)
The Sonata is thoughtful and ruminative, seen through a powerful mind and wholly individual fingers, with some highly personal details, such as the gentle undulating accompaniment, like quietly tolling bells caressing the second group of the first movement, and there is a beautifully pensive and delicately coloured slow movement ... there is not a bar that does not set one thinking about this music anew.

Gramophone Magazine
Richly eloquent and beautiful' [Sonata No. 3] ... 'The Polonaises combine warmth with sturdiness ... The disc is exemplary in quality of recorded sound.


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