Piano Concertos -
'... worth a king's ransom.'
Beethoven piano concerto recordings don't get any better than this. When these artists assembled in 1957, forty-one-year-old Russian virtuoso Emil Gilels had very few equals. In the mid fifties and early sixties, Walter Legge's Philharmonia (London) was an unsurpassed recording orchestra. And forty-nine-year-old opera conductor Leopold Ludwig (born Wilkowitz: Plzensky Kraj, Czech Republic), at that time General Music Director of Hamburg Staatsoper, matched Gilels' vision with uncanny accord.
Since 2005 the self-same recordings have been readily available on Testament (SBT1095) and EMI Great Recordings Of The Century (4768282)...
Copyright © 29 June 2011
Masterton, New Zealand