(featuring the one-and-only Emil Gilels , backed by The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by the equally-legendary, George Szell)
Ludwig van Beethoven 's (1770-1827) First Piano Concerto in C, as well as being chock-full of rapid scales, double-trills and skips, is the subject of a mystery alongside its successor, No.2 : WHICH of these two lovely and legendary works was performed, during the German-born Master's premiere as a pianist, to the Viennese public on 29 March 1795? It has proved impossible for musicologists to clear up this point ...
Side One : Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15, by Beethoven :-
1) I Allegro con brio 2) II Largo.
Side Two : Piano Concerto No.1 (conclusion) :-
1) III Rondo (Allegro scherzando).
Beethoven's "Twelve Variations on a Russian Theme" is a remarkable little piece, if only for the fact that each Variation seems to possess an individual character of its own ...
Side Two : 2) Twelve Variations on a Russian Theme, from Wranitzky's "Das Waldmadchen" G.182, by Beethoven.
(further notes by Andrew Porter on Reverse Sleeve (sample Photo Four))
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) VG+/EX-.