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Beethoven
Piano Concertos -
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HOWARD SMITH

'... worth a king's ransom.'

Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 and 5 'The Emperor'. Emil Gilels, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Ludwig. © 2011 Regis Records

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 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS - EMIL GILELS

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

EMPEROR

GERMANY

RUSSIA

PIANO

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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