Gilels recorded Beethoven's concertos three times, and this set with Szell is simply the best. Recordings are made in the 60's, and Gilels was in his best "Beethoven-form" then. When he was younger, he preferred to super-virtuoso romantic pieces, but from 1950's he started to play Beethoven more and more. These interpretations are quite plastic, Gilels plays this like Viennesse-classical pieces should be played: everything is clear, but nothing is exaggrerated. And sound is so Gilels-like: Bright and metallic (in a positive meaning!!)! Szell proves an excellent accompanist with his superb Cleveland orchestra. A conductor who was especially famous for his interpretations of Viennese-classics. Gilels gives room to delightful solos by flute/oboe here and there - one gets a feeling that this is a chamber orchestra playing with piano in it! Not just orchestra against the piano. The tonal range is marvellous - all the different sections of the pieces can be easily understood. This double-CD contains concertos no 1-4, there is also another same-like double-CD from EMI, and that includes the fifth concerto plus Dvorak's 8th symphony and Slavonic dances!! That double-CD is also with Gilels/Szell. Unfortunately Amazon.com doesn't have it on their list, but it's easily found in classical cd stores. So, don't read this anymore, go and buy!!