am 27. April 2012
Like the first reviewer, I find these recordings quite magnificent and that they must be heard by anyone who loves great Beethoven playing. Only Backhaus and Schnabel exhibit a comparable grasp of all of these works. The sound, excellent radio studio work with impressive immediacy showcases interpretations of a white hot intensity, making Gulda's later gramophone studio recordings, for all there excellence, appear slightly dry and motoric. Here is a man in his mid 20's who has a convincing grasp on all of Beethoven, Yes, there are depths that could be explored further: no one pianist can encompass all of this any more than one actor can give life to every aspect of Hamlet. For all that, this cycle is so well considered and so beautifully executed, that one can forgive Gulda's so called "eccentric" desire to "drop out" of the conventional concert scene and not just repeat himself. This is a hard act to follow.