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Old 06-12-2021, 09:52 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ando here View Post
Like that, especially with easy access to the Complete George Szell led Cleveland Symphony Orchestra recordings on Spotify - widely regarded as some of the finest recorded orchestral work on disc.
I have the set of Beethoven piano concertos with Gilels, accompanied by Szell/Cleveland, and it's pretty disappointing. Stifled, ultra-disciplined, typical "studio" recordings. Gilels is one of the very greatest Beethoven interpreters and these are some of his weakest recordings, evidently thanks to Szell.

For the record, there's a live recording of Gilels and Szell playing the 3rd at the Salzburg festival and it's electric.
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