Friday, December 12, 2014

Emil Gilels Plays Beethoven & Early Recordings (1935-1955)

Emil Gilels died suddenly in 1985. Together with Sviatoslav Richter he was one of the unquestionably great Russian pianists of the postwar Soviet era, and part of an outstanding generation of players from around the world, even though, compared with Richter, Gilels's art was not fully represented on disc. He would have been 90 this year, and Deutsche Grammophon has marked the anniversary with three major reissues. The most important of them are his hugely distinguished accounts of the Beethoven piano sonatas, a cycle that remained unfinished at his death with five sonatas, including the first and last, Op. 2 n° 1 and Op. 111, still to be recorded, and there is also a Mozart set that contains a recital Gilels gave in Salzburg in 1970 and the two concertos he recorded with Karl Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic three years later, the B-flat Concerto K 595 and the Concerto for two pianos K 365, in which he is partnered by his daughter Elena.
Most revealing of all though is the collection of early recordings from 1935 to 1955, even if they are not, as the set cover claims, all appearing on CD for the first time. They show the young Gilels as a steely virtuoso, dazzling in period showpieces by Godowsky and Tausig, and driving his way though Schumann's Op. 7 Toccata with ferocious power and control, and treating a group of Scarlatti sonatas with the same brilliance and technical precision. Sonatas by Beethoven (Op. 2 n° 3) and Medtner, Sonata n° 3, show that fearsome technique came with an equally acute sense of musical architecture, but when that 1952 account of the Beethoven is compared with the one made as part of his Beethoven cycle more than 20 years later, it shows how the steeliness became tempered with a more spacious humanity. The technique remained as imperious as ever — in the Hammerklavier for instance, there's no trace of strain — but it had become a means to a much higher, infinitely more thoughtful musical end. If Gilels's Mozart now seems a little stiff and expressively unyielding — Böhm's heavy-legged accompaniments don't help either — then his Beethoven still remains peerless ; it's one of the greatest sonata cycles ever recorded, and though incomplete, should be a part of everyone's Beethoven collection.
Andrew Clements

Source : http://www.theguardian.com/music/2006/dec/22/classicalmusicandopera.shopping5

Emil Gilels
Plays
Beethoven
(1770-1827)

The Piano Sonatas

Tracks

Piano Sonata n° 2 in A, Op. 2 n° 2
1 I. Allegro vivace  7:08
2 II. Largo appassionato  7:37
3 III. Scherzo (Allegretto)  3:29
4 IV. Rondo (Grazioso)  7:31

Piano Sonata n° 3 in C, Op. 2 n° 3
5 I. Allegro con brio  10:09
6 II. Adagio  8:50
7 III. Scherzo (Allegro)  3:00
8 IV. Allegro assai  5:33

2 "Electoral" Sonatas

Sonata in E-flat major WoO 47 n° 1
9 I. Allegro cantabile  4:02
10 II. Andante  3:59
11 III. Rondo vivace  2:47
Sonata in F minor WoO 47 n° 2
12 I. Larghetto maestoso  5:03
13 II. Andante  6:39
14 III. Presto  3:36

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Cd. 2

Piano Sonata n° 4 in E flat, Op. 7
1 I. Allegro molto e con brio  8:49
2 II. Largo, con gran espressione  10:00
3 III. Allegro  5:51
4 IV. Rondo (Poco allegretto e grazioso)  7:58

Piano Sonata n° 8 in C minor, Op.13
"Pathétique"
5 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio  9:11
6 II. Adagio cantabile  5:46
7 III. Rondo (Allegro)  5:03

Piano Sonata n° 10 in G, Op. 14 n° 2
8 I. Allegro  8:06
9 II. Andante  8:05
10 III. Scherzo (Allegro assai)  3:47

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Cd. 3

Piano Sonata n° 5 in C minor, Op. 10 n° 1
1 I. Allegro molto e con brio  7:01
2 II. Adagio molto  11:45
3 III. Finale (Prestissimo)  4:58

Piano Sonata n° 6 in F, Op. 10 n° 2
4 I. Allegro  8:55
5 II. Allegretto  5:26
6 III. Presto  3:52

Piano Sonata n° 7 in D, Op. 10 n° 3
7 I. Presto  6:58
8 II. Largo e mesto  10:49
9 III. Menuetto (Allegro)  2:49
10 IV. Rondo (Allegro)  4:14

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Cd. 4

Piano Sonata n° 11 in B-flat, Op. 22
1 I. Allegro con brio  8:08
2 II. Adagio con molto espressione  11:18
3 III. Menuetto  3:49
4 IV. Rondo (Allegretto)  7:20

Piano Sonata n° 12 in A-flat, Op. 26
5 I. Andante con variazioni  8:37
6 II. Scherzo (Allegro molto)  2:50
7 III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un Eroe  6:23
8 IV. Allegro  2:26

15 Piano Variations and Fugue in E-flat, Op. 35
"Eroica Variations"
9 Introduzione col Basso del Tema: Allegretto vivace  3:01
10 Tema  0:42
11 Variation 1  0:37
12 Variation 2  0:51
13 Variation 3  0:39
14 Variation 4  0:32
15 Variation 5  0:53
16 Variation 6  0:33
17 Variation 7 Canone all'Ottava  0:38
18 Variation 8  1:02
19 Variation 9  0:39
20 Variation 10  0:38
21 Variation 11  0:45
22 Variation 12  0:41
23 Variation 13  0:45
24 Variation 14 Minore  1:43
25 Variation 15 Maggiore. Largo  3:43
26 Coda  1:13
27 Finale. Alla Fuga. Allegro con brio  4:44


Cd. 5

Piano Sonata n° 13 in E-flat, Op. 27 n° 1
1 I. Andante - Allegro - Tempo I  5:50
2 II. Allegro molto e vivace  1:40
3 III. Adagio con espressione  3:11
4 IV. Allegro vivace - Tempo I - Presto  5:35


Piano Sonata n° 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 n° 2
"Moonlight"
5 I. Adagio sostenuto  6:06
6 II. Allegretto  2:32
7 III. Presto agitato  7:08


Piano Sonata n° 15 in D, Op.28
"Pastorale"
8 I. Allegro  12:11
9 II. Andante  8:38
10 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  2:20
11 IV. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo  5:51


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Cd. 6


Piano Sonata n° 16 in G, Op. 31 n° 1
1 I. Allegro vivace  6:45
2 II. Adagio grazioso  11:07
3 III. Rondo (Allegretto)  6:44


Piano Sonata n° 17 in D Minor, Op.31 n° 2
"Tempest"
4 I Largo - Allegro  9:20
5 II. Adagio  9:23
6 III. Allegretto  7:25


Piano Sonata n° 18 in E-Flat, Op. 31 n° 3
"The Hunt"
7 I. Allegro  9:04
8 II. Scherzo (Allegretto vivace)  5:17
9 III. Menuetto (Moderato e grazioso)  4:55
10 IV. Presto con fuoco  4:22


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Cd. 7

Piano Sonata n° 19 in G Minor, Op. 49 n° .1
1 I. Andante  6:01
2 II. Rondo (Allegro)  3:31

Piano Sonata n° 20 in G, Op. 49 n° 2
3 I. Allegro ma non troppo  5:02
4 II. Tempo di Menuetto  3:48

Piano Sonata n° 21 in C, Op. 53
"Waldstein"
5 I. Allegro con brio  11:04
6 II. Introduzione (Adagio molto)  4:38
7 III. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)  9:19

Piano Sonata n° 23 in F minor, Op. 57
"Appassionata"
8 I. Allegro assai  11:07
9 II. Andante con moto  6:29
10 III. Allegro ma non troppo  7:53

Piano Sonata n° 25 in G, Op. 79
11 I. Presto alla tedesca  4:49
12 II. Andante  3:37
13 III. Vivace  1:46

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Cd. 8

Piano Sonata n° 26 in E-flat, Op. 81a
"Les adieux"
1 I. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)  7:20
2 II. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)  4:03
3 III. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)  6:00

Piano Sonata n° 27 in E minor, Op. 90
4 I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck  5:41
5 II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen  8:17

Piano Sonata n° 30 in E major, Op. 109
6 I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I  4:08
7 II. Prestissimo  2:39
8 III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)  2:32
9 Variation I: Molto espressivo  2:02
10 Variation II: Leggiermente  1:43
11 Variation III: Allegro vivace  0:29
12 Variation IV: Etwas langsamer als das Thema  2:31
13 Variation V: Allegro, ma non troppo  1:04
14 Variation VI: Tempo I del tema  3:53

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
15 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  7:30
16 II. Allegro molto  2:20
17 III. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)  12:15

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Cd. 9

Piano Sonata n° 28 in A, Op. 101
1 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)  4:19
2 II. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)  6:14
3 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)  3:27
4 IV. Geschwind, doch nicht zu sehr und mit Entschlossenheit (Allegro)  7:32

Piano Sonata n° 29 in B-flat, Op.106
"Hammerklavier"
5 I. Allegro  12:24
6 II. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)  2:53
7 III. Adagio sostenuto  19:51
8 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto  13:38

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Emil Gilels - p

Recorded between January 1972 & September 1985

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 Emil Gilels
Early Recordings
(1935-1955)

Tracks

 Cd. 1

Jean-Baptiste (John) Loeillet
(1680-1730)
[Transcr. Leopold Godowski
(1870-1938)]

1 Gigas  2:03
(arr. from Suite for Harpsichord n° 1 in G minor)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
(1683-1764)

2 Le Rappel des oiseaux  2:36
(Premier Livre de Pièces, n° 15, Suite en mi)

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)
[Transcr. Carl Tausig
(1841-1871)]

3 Der Kontrabandiste  1:44
(Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74 n° 10)

Robert Schumann

4 Toccata, Op. 7  4:43

Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)

5 Duetto  3:09
(Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 38 n° 6)

Robert Schumann

6 Traumes Wirren  2:17
(Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 n° 7)

Serge Prokofiev
(1891-1953)

7 March  1:30
(from The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33)

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

8 Ballade n° 1 in G minor, Op. 23  8:19

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

9 Paganini Etudes S 141, n° 5 in E major  2:33
10 Hungarian Rhapsody n° 9  10:24
"Pesther Carneval"

Domenico Scarlatti
(1685-1757)

11 Sonata in C major K. 159  1:58
12  Sonata inB minor K. 27  4:15
13 Sonata inG major K. 125  2:10
14 Sonata in E major K. 380  5:04
15 Sonata in A major K. 113  3:47

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Cd. 2

Ludwig Van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 2 n° 3
1 I. Allegro con brio  9:18
2 II. Adagio  8:04
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro  2:50
4 Allegro assai  5:00

Nicolai Medtner
(1880-1951)

5 I. Tenebroso, sempre affrettando  7:07
Allegro assai
6 II. Interludium. Andante lugubre  3:53
7 III. Allegro assai  5:38

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Emil Gilels - p

Recorded in Moscow ; between 1935 & 1955

8 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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Arewenotmen? said...

Encore un cadeau somptueux ! Grand merci !

Arewenotmen? said...

Le lien pour la partie 2 du CD 3 semble ne pas fonctionner...

Arewenotmen? said...

Précision : il s'agit uniquement du lien zippyshare.

Steffen said...

Thank you.

Wade Cottingham said...

Thank you Mel.

Cri said...

Hey. Mel, could you repost on zippy please. Thx.

Historicus said...

I know it would be a hard work but can you, please, reupload these fundamental recordings on zippyshare? Thanks a lot, indeed!