Friedrich Gulda: Two Solo Recitals 1959 | SWR Classic SWR19098CD

Friedrich Gulda: Two Solo Recitals 1959


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Label: SWR Classic

Cat No: SWR19098CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 12th February 2021



All those who experienced Gulda live reported how he radiated a very special aura, one that was markedly stronger than that conveyed by his recordings. One got the distinct impression that he was performing the music for the very first time, coaxing the notes out of a musical cosmos and making them audible on the grand piano (or the clavichord). After a final chord, Gulda would often draw a curtain on his magical, pearly tones, dispatching them with a subtle movement of the hand. Such was the case with the two Beethoven sonatas presented here. The fact that Gulda cherished Beethoven’s Op.110 Sonata throughout his life is by no means surprising, since Beethoven really transcends all boundaries in this piece: heterogeneous elements fuse to form an integrated whole. It’s in this way that SWR’s five-volume Gulda edition ends: with music that knows no boundaries, reflecting Gulda’s essential crossing of frontiers, ruled by a desire to let all the stars of his musical cosmos shine!

Recital in Schloss Bruchsal, 29.1.1959 (Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven op.31/2 & WoO83/1)
Recital in Schloss Schwetzingen, 3.6.1959 (Bach, Haydn, Beethoven op.14/2 & op.110)

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