The Music Plays On — Emil Gilels Plays Beethoven

Emil Gilels

The Russian pianist, Emil Gilels, is often overshadowed by his contemporary, Sviatoslav Richter, but this is due more to style than substance. While Richter had a volatile and elusive musical personality, Gilels’ was calm and forthright. As I wrote a few days ago, Richter’s musical personality was well-suited to the music of Schubert. For Gilels, the composer whose music seemed the perfect glove was…

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Donato Cabrera

Donato Cabrera

Music Director of the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic