Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Volume 3

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Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Volume 3

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - September 2012

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111386
(8.111386)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th May 2012

Barcode:

0747313338627

Length:

78 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Emil Gilels: Early Recordings Volume 3

All tracks recorded in the USSR, 1935-1955


Chopin:

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Liszt:

Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, S697

arr Busoni

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 5 'La Chasse'

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 9 in E flat major 'Pesther Carneval'

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K533 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'

Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K113 in A major


Emil Gilels (piano)

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Emil Gilels played a sonata by Scarlatti at his first public concert in 1929 and included them in his tours to the West in the 1950s. These recordings present a splendid group of the composer’s widely contrasting moods. Gilels was a true virtuoso in the Lisztian tradition, combining musical integrity with rarely equalled technique. The Fantasia was one of the works with which he won the First Soviet All-Union Competition in 1933, while his recordings of the Hungarian Rhapsodies and three works by Chopin are full of character and personality. A recently discovered notebook in which Gilels logged some of his recording sessions has made the dating of these recordings more accurate in this edition.

Ward Marston, audio restoration engineer

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.533/L.395/P.537

Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.533/L.395/P.537

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.141/L.422/P.271

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K.141/L.422/P.271

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.159/L.104/P.418

Keyboard Sonata in C major, K.159/L.104/P.418

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.27/L.449/P.83

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.27/L.449/P.83

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.125/L.487/P.152

Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.125/L.487/P.152

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E major, K.380/L.23/P.483

Keyboard Sonata in E major, K.380/L.23/P.483

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.113/L.345/P.160

Keyboard Sonata in A major, K.113/L.345/P.160

Franz Liszt: Fantasie uber zwei Motive aus W.A. Mozarts Die Hochzeit des Figaro (completed by F. Busoni)

Fantasie uber zwei Motive aus W.A. Mozarts Die Hochzeit des Figaro (completed by F. Busoni)

Franz Liszt: Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b

No. 3 in G sharp minor, "La campanella"

No. 5 in E major

Franz Liszt: 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106

No. 6 in D flat major

No. 9 in E flat major, "Pesther Carneval"

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"

Fryderyk Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53, "Heroic"

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53, "Heroic"

Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Gramophone Magazine

September 2012

“Few pianists have possessed a more comprehensive, magisterial technique or musical integrity than Emil Gilels...And here, in Naxos's third volume, you will at once hear those salient characteristics that prompted awe and envy among Gilels's finest colleagues...[His Liszt] is overwhelming in its pulverising strength and brilliance.”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2012

*****

“Outstanding early Gilels, with some superb Liszt including his legendary Figaro Fantasy from 1935. The Scarlatti Sonatas may not stand the test of time so well, but this is a must.”

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