, October 2012
…I was…impressed by the qualities [Gilels] brought to his interpretation of Brahms, running the gamut from the fearlessly bold declarations of the first two movements to the introspectively intimate Andante. This breadth of expressiveness is also very much evident in the solo recital selections.
Thus, we have an approach to Debussy that focuses on being true to the title of the collection, particularly in the first (depicting reflections on a mobile surface of water) and the third, entitled simply “movement.” The middle piece, which honors the memory of Jean-Philippe Rameau, is more formal in nature; but Gilels still captures its impressionistic qualities. Opus 28 is a single-movement sonata in which a diversity of emotional attitudes go head-to-head against each other; and Gilels offers up a stirring account of the battle, reinforced by the clarity of his discipline…through Gilels’ execution, one readily recognizes Prokofiev’s strikingly individualistic rhetoric in these pieces.
There have been previous releases of Gilels Cologne Broadcasts on ICA. These have concentrated on his performances of Beethoven. This new release provides a valuable perspective on his approach to the “beyond Beethoven” repertoire. © 2012 Examiner.com Read complete review