“This is one of the – perhaps the most – perfect accounts of the Fourth Concerto recorded. Poetry and virtuosity are held in perfect poise, with Ludwig and the Philharmonia providing a near-ideal accompaniment. The recording is also very fine, though be sure to gauge the levels correctly by first sampling one of the tuttis. If the volume is set too high at the start, you'll miss the stealing magic of Gilels's and the orchestra's initial entries and you'll be further discomfited by tape hiss. The recording of the Emperor Concerto is also pretty good, not quite on a par with that of the Fourth. Ludwig and the orchestra tend to follow Gilels rather than always integrate with him and there are times, too, especially in the slow movement, when Gilels's playing borders on the selfindulgent. This isn't, however, sufficient reason for overlooking this fine and important reissue.”
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