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The gentlest and most serene,
This review is from: Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Complete, "Eroica" Variations , "Electotal" Sonatas (Audio CD)
This is my favourite music so I have several versions of it: Brendel, Perl, whatever Pletnev has recorded and some of the older greats, about 60 CDs in total !!!
When I want the gentlest, most soothing, most ethereal versions I go for Gilels every time. He seems to me to have a mastery of the spiritual that nobody else can quite capture, through Pletnev comes close.
Brendel is perfect of course, perfectly musically perfect and with a lot of expression. Perl, the young South American, has a unique phrasing reminiscent of the way Harnoncourt attacks the symphonies - so he makes you think again about these sonatas.
But Gilels, ah, mastery incarnate. A man so good he doesn't have to try. Like very fine wine after you have spent your life drinking plonk.