Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Volume 1

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Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Volume 1

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111350
(8.111350)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th Sept 2008

Barcode:

0747313335022

Length:

73 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Volume 1

All tracks recorded in the USSR, 1935-1951


Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes

arr. Borwick

Godowsky:

Renaissance - No. 12, Gigue in E (Loeillet)

Mendelssohn:

Scherzo in E minor, Op. 16 No. 2

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Song without Words, Op. 38 No. 6 in A flat major 'Duetto'

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Rameau:

La villageoise

Le rappel des oiseaux

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prelude

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Forlane

Le Tombeau de Couperin: Toccata

Schumann:

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Traumes Wirren (Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 No. 7)

Der Kontrabandiste, Op. 74 No. 10

arr. C. Tausig

Smetana:

Czech Dances, Book 1, No. 2

Polka in A minor

Polka in F major


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Emil Gilels was one of the greatest Russian pianists of the twentieth century, born in Odessa in 1916.

The recordings on this first disc of his early recordings, made in the USSR, come from the first stage of Gilels’s career and include his first known recordings from1935.

Leopold Godowsky’s arrangement of the Gigue by Jean-Baptiste Loeillet immediately shows the immense power the nineteen-year old Gilels had at the keyboard. His playing, especially in his youth, was fiery, volatile and exciting, and even late in his career it still retained grandeur and sweep of a great master in the Russian tradition.

“Gilels had a sense of grandeur tempered by discipline and respect for the text….strong and massive without being harsh…. A fine pianist.” BBC Music Magazine

“Here was a real artist, and a real communicator.” BBC Music Magazine

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pieces de clavecin: Suite in E minor

Pieces de clavecin: Suite in E minor: X. La Villageoise (Rondeau)

Pieces de clavecin: Suite in E minor: V. Le Rappel des oiseaux

Leopold Godowsky: Renaissance, Book 2 *

Renaissance, Book 2: XII. Gigue in E major (Loeillet)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457

I. Molto allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro assai

Robert Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 12

Fantasiestucke, Op. 12: No. 7. Traumes Wirren

Robert Schumann: Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74 (arr. C. Tausig)

Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74: No. 10. Der Kontrabandiste (arr. C. Tausig)

Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16

3 Fantaisies ou caprices, Op. 16: No. 2. Scherzo: Presto

Felix Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38

Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38: No. 18 in A flat major, Op. 38, No. 6, "Duetto"

Bedrich Smetana: Czech Dances, Book 1

Czech Dances, Book I: No. 2. Polka in A minor

Czech Dances, Book I: No. 3. Polka in F major

Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque

Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune

Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: No. 2. Fetes (arr. L. Borwick for piano)

Nocturnes: No. 2. Fetes (arr. L. Borwick for piano)

Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin (version for piano)

I. Prelude

III. Forlane

VI. Toccata

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Here, in performance after performance, is the sort of playing that made Rubinstein, on hearing the teenage Gilels in Russia, exclaim, 'if that boy ever comes to America I might as well pack my bags and retire'. Even in dated sound an 'elemental virtuoso gift' and a 'sonority rich in noble metal' are omnipresent. And whether you hear Gilels in his exquisite Rameau, the thunderous brilliance of his Godowsky or in the way his decorations in Smetana's A minor Polka shimmer like the beating of a hummingbird's wings, you will hear a nonpareil pianism. True, in years to come Gilels would find greater depth than his enviably spruce and immaculately turned Mozart conveys, but even here the playing is of an aristocratic distinction and finesse.
All in all these performances is a reminder of this grandest of musical titans. Ward Marston's transfers come up excellently and special thanks go to Judith Rayner for the loan of discs from her priceless collection.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2009

“…here, in performance after performance, is the sort of playing that made Rubinstein, on hearing the teenage Gilels in Russia, exclaim, "if that boy ever comes to America I might as well pack my bags and retire".”

MusicWeb International

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