Book is detached from spine but it, like the packaging and the discs are in excellent shape.
NR (Not Rated)
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Simply a perfect album, great music, sesational recording of the master pianist!
I ordered what I thought was a collectible set of CDs from the Greatest Pianists of the Twentieth Century Series, but it was not in a collectible case, so I have sent it back and asked for a refund. Have received a refund from the seller.
Emil Grigoryevich Gilels (1916-1985) was the epitome of the Russian-school virtuoso, an artist who combined exceptional technical prowess, a distinctive singing line and a deep insight into the styles of the composers whose works he performed. He was every bit as great as his contemporary and compatriot Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), though their respective approaches to music were strikingly different. He had all of Richter's colour, fire and extraordinary technique - his octaves alone rank with those of Josef Lhevinne, Vladimir Horowitz and Mischa Levitzki as the sharpest and most exciting in pianistic history - and his architectural grasp of a piece was unique.
This second set of Philips's Great Pianists series is the most interesting of the three (the maximum alloted) dedicated to Gilels, because it more accurately represents the defining characteristics of his art. In Liszt's rarely played Figaro fantasy, one can savour the swashbuckling bravura and fire-eating...
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