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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.8 "Pathétique", 13 & 14 "Moonlight"
 
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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos.8 "Pathétique", 13 & 14 "Moonlight"

4 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Mar. 1996
  • Release Date: 15 Mar. 1996
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1981 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 52:04
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  • ASIN: B001M0BMYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,651 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 16 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing performance of some of the most famous Beethoven Piano Sonatas. To my mind Gilels judges these perfectly, playing with passion and sensitivity. The recording is first rate too. I have several versions of these, but this is the one I always return to.
To the person who rated one star because the CD skipped, you obviously got a faulty pressing. These things happen sometimes. Return it for a refund or replacement. You shouldn't rate one star on this basis.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By desousss5 on 15 Jan. 2014
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Quick delivery. Well packaged and the music is beautiful. My favourite disc at the moment. Would recommend this disc to any Beethoven lover or anyone who enjoys piano music.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By welsh dragon on 8 Feb. 2013
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If you like classical music, this is a brilliant c.d. It was bought as a christmas present and the recipient recommends it.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous ! 14 July 1999
By Avram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gilels set of Beethoven Piano Sonatas is the pinnacle of artistry, musicality, pianism and, above all humanism ! This particular recording is my favourite ! Tempos are generally slightly slower then these days but no force or momentum is lacking. Highly inspired grand performances ! Profoundly moving and soul touching ! Yes, I admit, I like Gilels most of them all, especially in Beethoven's Sonatas. No other pianist could make me laugh and bring me to tears so honestly !
This is just one disc of his cycle for Deutsche Grammophon and all of them are so authoritative, so deeply felt that they reall are "must" for any Beethoven lover ! Feeling that Gilels provokes highly exceed my knowledge of English language. He should be heard and felt ! No words could really describe his awsome artistry !
Marvelous release, this one ! Not to be missed !!!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Masterful Performance of Revolutionary Sonatas 8 Aug. 2003
By A. Michaelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gilels never ceases to amaze when it comes to performing Beethoven. The most difficult aspect of playing Beethoven is making sure that the music is passionate but not overdone. From experience and conversation with other pianists, I've learned that everybody loves to hear great Beethoven performances, but the difficulties in playing the music of this great composer make performers yearn to play something else, say Chopin instead. Too often a performer will use too much rubato, which leads to rushing, when playing Beethoven. Gilels is one of the few who DOESN'T rush yet manages to maintain that propulsive, driving force that is such and integral aspect of Beethoven's music. His technique is flawless as well. The finale of the Moonlight Sonata usually has one of two problems, the bass line is played far too loudly or the right hand arpeggios are smeared so much that they sound as if they are all grace notes. Gilels, on this recording, manages to avoid both of these flaws one hears in so many other performances, yet he still manages to play it presto con fuoco, as marked. Gilels gives these three sonatas (the Pathetique, the Moonlight and the Quasi una fantasia) the most impassioned and technically precise stereo studio performance I've ever heard. This is just a moving, passionate, and just plain fun album. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful 5 Nov. 2005
By Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Instead of rushing through the sonatas as countless performers do, Emil Grigoryevich Gilels takes times to make music. He adheres to the required speed but does not exceed the speed limit which in the process makes so many recordings sound like robotic technical exercises.

Mr. Gilels' playing touches the heart, and that is what music is supposed to do.

Excellent sounding CD. In a word: wonderful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beethoven: Sonaten - Pathétique & Mondschein 26 Nov. 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Beethoven: Sonaten - Pathétique & Mondschein is a 1981 Polydor International recording starring pianist Emil Gilels. Hartmudt Fladt has written the music notes. Emil Gilels proves his immense talent as pianist on this very fine recording. He plays with a passion and masculinity that is right for Beethoven. Just like Yves Nat he truly understands the nature of Beethoven. What Gould did for Bach, Nat and Gilels do for Beethoven. Sound quality is superb and one verily feels as if one is listening to this in person. Highly recommended indeed. 5/5.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gilels is the best. 11 Mar. 2013
By Michael R. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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He has such feeling for Beethoven for the most part I listen to his sonatas over even Arrau's. It is ashame he did not live to finish all the sonatas.
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