Emil Gilels

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven,Debussy,Prokofiev,Scarlatti,Scriabin
LABELS: BBC Legends
WORKS: Piano Sonatas by Beethoven (No. 27), Scriabin (No. 4) & Prokofiev (No. 3); plus works by D Scarlatti and Debussy
PERFORMER: Emil Gilels (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: BBCL 4261-2

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The Scarlatti, Debussy and Beethoven were recorded live in London in 1984, towards the end of Gilels’s life; he’s dazzing in the Russian repertoire captured in 1957. The later recital is magisterial, but he’s struggling. Jessica Duchen