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Published on May 22, 2010
Gilels recorded also this masterpiece several times, he was looking for all levels of truth within of a piece in a lively and fresh manner. The present version one is very remarkable for its determination, explosive energy and emotional depth.
It evokes the metaphor of the sun, the burning gas ball with 6000° degrees temperate at the surface and more than 15 million degrees in the core keeping the fusion reaction from hydrogen to helium alive. But the sun with a diameter of about 1,4 million kilometer is an average star, there are much larger ones. The slides show the sun in various enlargements/composite photos in part unsing filters allowing only selected wavelengths to pass. On one of the slides with an already detached protuberance there is a symbol of the tiny planet earth for comparison.
You can imagine a tiny concert hall with still more tiny Gilels capturing with Beethoven´s masterpiece the sensuality of the universe... Compare a similar achievement by his tender and intimate intepretation of the Bach/Siloti-masterpiece