Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 6, 12, 16, 21, 23, 25, 27 & 28 - Gilels

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 6, 12, 16, 21, 23, 25, 27 & 28 - Gilels

Universal (Japan)  UCGG-9188/9 (2 discs)

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Instrumental

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 6, 12, 16, 21, 23, 25, 27 & 28

Emil Gilels, piano

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Analogue recording
Comments (2)

Comment by Contrapunctus - May 21, 2020 (1 of 2)

This 2-sacd-set contains all sonatas that Gilels recorded during the analog era for DG.

Sonatas no. 21 'Waldstein' & 23 'Appassionata' have been remastered by Esoteric for SACD (ESSG-90099) a few years ago, so it's possible to compare them to the new remastering (by Emil Berliner Studios):

The sound of the new (EBS) remaster is remarkable warmer, more substantial and full-bodied (I know that I tend to use this phrase a bit too often). The Esoteric remaster is strongly pronounced on the upper frenquencies, the piano appears a bit too metallic. Furthermore, there are differences in treatment of volume level. After my experience, Esoteric seems to change/modify volume a bit after their taste, whereas EBS maintain the recorded/'original'(?) volume. - Would you like an example? Final movement of sonata 21: both (Esoteric/EBS) begin quiet, but during the first long trill esoteric increase significantly volume level - EBS only moderately. In direct comparison Esoteric's treatment of volume level at this passage appears to me a bit artificial/exaggerated. But, maybe only my impression.

The included sonatas in this set were recorded at different places. That may explain some sonical differences. There's no doubt for me, that you won't get closer to these recordings than with this new set. (BTW: this 2-sacd-set is most likely cheaper than the OOP-Esoteric sacd with only sonatas 21&23!)

Comment by Steven Harrison - December 5, 2021 (2 of 2)

I just picked this set up and wholeheartedly agree with all of Contrapunctus's comments.
I find it just a pity that Emil Gilels did not record more of the sonatas. These are just so wonderful to listen to.