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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1
New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (Royal Festival Hall, 10 July 1967)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3
New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (Royal Festival Hall, 13 July 1967)

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Emil Gilels, along with fellow Russian artists, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich represented four of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. These 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 Beethovian 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. There was immense dignity in the Largo and in the Rondo, taken at what I thought to be exactly the right speed, came across with remarkable vivacity". These archive recordings in stereo are extremely rare and have never been issued before.

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Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15
Cadenzas: Beethoven

1. I Allegro con brio - 14.29
2. II Largo - 11.57
3. III Rondo: Allegro scherzando - 08.31

Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, op.37
Cadenza: Beethoven

4. I Allegro con brio - 16.42
5. II Largo - 10.06
6. III Rondo: Allegro - 08.33

New Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 10 July 1967 (No.1), 13 July 1967 (No.3)

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 - Rondo: Allegro scherzando

Martin Kendrick

“Elegance and enviable virtuosity in two concerto performances from 1967... For unalloyed dignity and composure, these performances are hard to equal.”

Gramophone - May 2011

    Martin Kendrick

    “These are thoroughly enlivening performances emphasising Beethoven the (unvarnished) Romantic and documenting Gilels’s muscular and sensitive approach (some of his runs really glisten) and Boult’s great skills at accompanying.” - Apr 2011

      Martin Kendrick

      “In these performances, recorded live at Festival Hall in 1967, the great Russian pianist Emil Gilels disappoints me only by choosing to play the shorter of the composer’s two cadenzas to the first movement of the C major concerto, not the longer, which is one of Beethoven’s great jokes, a huge tease of his audience. Does this mean Gilels underrates the humour of the work? Maybe; but his playing is so vivid, so lyrical, so natural in its mastery, I can’t imagine it, or the C minor, done better. 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.”

      The Sunday Times - Mar 2011

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