Emil Gilels in a pure Beethoven’s concert of 1980, from the late phase of his artistic development. A native of Odessa, he trained with Heinrich Neuhaus in Moscow and was even in his youth an exceptional pianist pushing the boundaries of virtuosity. Over the last two decades of his career, he developed into a more thoughtful artist. This internalization is experienced in this late concert, performed five years before his death. An evening of the highest artistic intensity, a mature Beethoven interpretation.
"... his [Gilels] approach to this music is always heartfelt, and his technical abilities at their best - as they are for most of this recital - are extraordinary. Whether one likes their Beethoven more emotive or less, controlled or freer. more hysterical or more composed. Gilels plays with an authority all his own. Though one may not always agree with his playing, one will always be mesmerized by it."
Scitt Noriega - Fanfare magzine - July/August 2013