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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000A2ES8S
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1. I. Allegro
2. II. Adagio Un Poco Mosso
3. III. Rondo: Allegro
4. I. Grave - Allegro Molto E Con Brio
5. II. Adagio Cantabile
6. III. Rondo: Allegro
7. I. Adagio Sostenuto
8. II. Allegretto
9. III. Presto Agitato

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa8dab390) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8bdfe40) out of 5 stars Brilliant Budget Beethoven Jan. 10 2006
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Don't you just love it when classic recordings get reissued on CD at a budget price! Such is the case with this title in EMI's "Encore" series featuring Beethoven's "Emporer" Concerto, and "Pathetique" and "Moonlight" Sonatas. This was my first album by Bruno Leonardo Gelber but his reputation proceeded him a connoisseur's pianist. In my opinion this is the perfect example of a CD that easily could have been licensed out to the folks at Testament, instead of being reissued here on the mother label. EMI's marketing department made a bold move, as I am surpised this title is being made available at all, let alone such a low price, but it is we the fans who benefit because these are brilliant Beethoven performances. First comes Concerto No. 5 which is conducted by Ferdinand Leitner leading the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1966. Leitner is well known in classical music circles as the man who ably backed Wilhelm Kempff in his stereo Beethoven PC Cycle for DG, made with the Berlin Philharmonic earlier that same decade and regarded by many as the best ever committed to disc. Well, this too is one of the best Emporers I have heard. Leitner and the Philharmonia sound incredible here, and Gelber's playing is fiery and powerful. A classical novice or aficionado would be hard pressed to find a more convincing account. By contrast, I found his readings of the two Sonatas made in the 1970s to be delicate and graceful. Of course each piece features movements requiring their own speed and precision, but my overall impression of Gelber as a soloist was one of serenity, clarity and true passion. In all, this is another stunning "Encore" from the folks at EMI.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8be30a8) out of 5 stars Lightening Caught In A Bottle Nov. 19 2006
By AA Fernandez - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This Emperor is simply BLISTERING and is in my opinion the most electrifying version available alongside the Szell/Fleisher recording.
Bruno Gelber plays with a scintilating crisp articulate speed combined with refined elegant expressive phrasing making his passages dazzle and astound.
He takes a most heroic view of the piece and delivers a performance of guts and passionate glory as heard in movement 1.
Heartfelt delicate poetic phrasing is abundant in the 2nd movement and the 3rd movement takes flight with crackling inspiration and never lets up.
Ferdinand Leitner throughout provides rock solid orchestral support with the Philharmonia playing very well indeed but Leitner has just a bit more gusto and fire here than in his famed recording with Wilhelm Kempff.
So if you're looking for a take no prisoners Emperor that will kick you in the teeth then you've found it.
The bonus Pathetique and Moonlight sonatas are just icing on the cake and offer further proof that Arthur Rubinstein was right when he called Bruno Gelber "a Marvel".
Don't pass up this incredible God send of a bargain because it's simply one of the best.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8be32e8) out of 5 stars Gelber is not well known in the U.S, but he plays like March 27 2013
By Jon Miller ('Kirk') - Published on
Format: Audio CD
a master. I heard him play twice in Atlanta in the 90's with the excellent
ASO conductor Yoel Levi. The Emperor on both occasions and also the LVB concerto #1 the second time. He reminded/reminds me most of a fellow Latin-American: Claudio Arrau, but Arrau in his middle years as heard in the fifties EMI Icon LVB concerti and sonatas: pinpoint articulation, rare clarity, power and momemtum, a poetic sensibility. This Emperor also reminds me of the Firkusny-Steinberg EMI version, now probably my favorite with the Fleisher-Szell version. Like Firkusny and Fleisher, Gelber was blessed with a great conductor. Leitner accompanied Kempff in the five Beethoven concerti and four Mozart concerti, including great #s 24 with Kempff and Carl Seemann.
He also recorded (among much else) first rate Haydn and Mozart symphonies and a Handel Julius Caesar (in German) with an ideal cast: Ludwig, Berry, Popp, and Wunderlich.
The Gelber Emperor is slightly more exciting than the Kempff version but equally hushed, unrushed, and poetic in the second movement. The Finale is ripped, almost as intensely as the Firkusny/Steinberg.
Gelber's Pathetique and Moonlight sonatas here are equally good. He recorded about half of the 32 for Denon and they are treasurable.
HASH(0xa8be3648) out of 5 stars Wonderful performances July 31 2011
By Hank - Published on
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These are terrific performances and I can't wait to hear more of Bruno Gelber. Leitner is indeed a wonderful conductor, especially in the Mozart orchestral works. A previous reviewer noted his work with Kempff in the stereo version of the Beethoven piano concertos. I would also like to point to the terrific mono set with Paul Van Kempen at the podium.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8be33fc) out of 5 stars In search of original visions! April 13 2007
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bruno Leonardo Gelber is one of these remarkable pianists whose phrasing is like a poet describing his impressions and memories. His full commitment with the music is absolute; always worrying by searching unknown aspects of the work; gifted of powerful tune, his lyricism is not extent of noblesse, a feature so common in the great exponents of the piano. As a matter of fact,I had the privileged opportunity to watch him twice in Caracas in the famous Concert Hall, best known as Aula Magna of the Venezuelan Central University; the first one playing Prokoviev' s Third Piano Concerto and the other one with Rachmaninov' s Third.

This version of the Emperor, is far from being another splendid firework, on the other hand he is conscious of the specific weight of the Op. Introspective, reflexive, propulsive, epic and crepuscular, this performance exudes that coveted seal of honesty.

In these times where the homogeneity and the sonorous effects seem to prevail over the spirit of the work, it would be very convenient to take a look around this artist, because we should never forget that Ferdinand Leitner who conducted to Wilhelm Kempff, few years ago, that's a good point of reference by itself.