Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Emil Gilels Plays Russian Composers

Gilels was a pianist in the mould of the Russian greats that stemmed from Anton Rubinstein. His playing, especially in his youth, was fiery, volatile and exciting, and even in his old age still retained the grandeur and sweep of a great master in the Russian tradition. He was short and stocky with short-fingered hands, again like Anton Rubinstein rather than Liszt. There was immense energy in his playing yet he was also capable of extreme tenderness. Combined with these facets was Gilels’s ability to create a sound-world for each style of music he played and to forge a connection with his audience. As the New York Times said of a Carnegie Hall recital in 1964, "…his ability to communicate directly to the listener the very core of the music he played was also on the highest artistic level."
His repertoire was vast, ranging from Scarlatti to Stravinsky. He played all the concertos and sonatas of Beethoven, both concertos of Brahms, a large amount of Schumann and Chopin, some Schubert, Liszt and many of the Russian composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. One of his first recordings was of a demanding paraphrase by Liszt on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro ; Gilels was around twenty-four at the time and his power and technique are quite astonishing. During his visits to France he recorded for EMI, and with André Cluytens recorded excellent versions of Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto n° 2, Op. 22 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto n° 3, Op. 30. A recently issued DVD from IMG/EMI contains a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto n° 1, Op. 23 with Cluytens in Paris in 1959. The power and excitement that Gilels generates in a live performance can still be felt more than forty years later....

Source : http://www.naxos.com/person/Emil_Gilels/14380.htm

Emil Gilels
Plays
Russian Composers

Tracks

Cd. 1

Alexander Scriabin
(1872-1915)

Piano Sonata n° 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 23
1 I. Drammatico  6:49
2 II. Allegretto  2:51
3 III. Andante  5:00
4 IV. Presto con fuoco  6:09

Five Preludes, Op. 74
5 N° 1. Douloureux, déchirant  1:16
6 N° 2. Très lent, contemplatif  1:32
7 N° 3. Allego drammatico  1:05
8 N° 4. Lent, vague, indécis  1:19
9 N° 5.  Fier, belliqueux  1:20

10 Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 2 n° 1  2:45

Piano Sonata n° 4 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 30
11 Andante  2:45
12 Prestissimo volando  4:24

13 Etude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 2 n° 1  2:52

Serguei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

14 Daisies, Op. 38 n° 3  2:22
(arr. Rachmaninoff)
15 Vocalise, Op. 34 n° 14  5:47
(arr. Richardson)

Five Preludes
16 Prelude in C-Sharp Major, Op. 3 n° 2  3:51
17 Prelude Op. 23 n° 2 in B-flat major (Maestoso)  3:41
18 Prelude Op. 23 n° 10 in G-Flat Major (Largo)  3:23
19 Prelude Op. 32 n° 11 in B Major (Allegretto)  2:32
20 Prelude Op. 23 n° 5 in G minor (Alla marcia)  4:02

21 Moment Musical in D-Flat, Op. 16 n° 6  3:30

22 Prelude Op. 3 n° 4 in F-Sharp Minor. Polichinelle, Allegro vivace  3:17
(Morceaux de fantaisie)

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Cd. 2

Nikolaï Medtner
(1880-1951)

1 Sonata Reminicenza in A Minor, Op. 38 n° 1  14:56
Allegro tranquillo (Andantino con moto) - Svegliando (con moto) - Tempo I

2 Sonata n° 3 in G Minor, Op. 22  16:35
Tenebroso, sempre affretando - Allegro assai - Interludium. Andante lugubre - Alegro assai

3 Sonata Reminicenza in A Minor, Op. 38 n° 1  13:35
Allegro tranquillo (Andantino con moto) - Svegliando (con moto) - Tempo I

Igor Stravinsky
(1882-1971)

Suite from Petrouchka
(arr. Gilels)
4 Danse russe  2:41
5 Chez Petrouchka  4:10
6 Chez le Maure  3:18
7 Danse de la Ballerine  0:44
8 La Semaine grasse  8:17

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Emil Gilels - p

Recorded in Moscow (Live) ; March  2, 1957 [Cd. 1, # 1-4] ; January 26, 1984 [Cd. 1, # 5-9 & 11-12] ; December 24, 1977 [Cd. 1, # 10, (13 ? same recording ?)] 14-20 ; March 3, 1950 [Cd. 1, # 21 & 22] ; New York (Live) ; February 2, 1969 [Cd. 2, #1] ; Moscow (Live) ; January 1954 [Cd. 2, # 2] ; December 12, 1968 [Cd. 2, # 3] ; & February 23, 1957 [Cd. 2, # 4-8]

See also
http://www.doremi.com/DiscGilComp.html

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george said...

Very nice post!
Thank you a lot, Mel.

woland said...

An out of print disc, filled with very scarce recordings that deserve far more fame.

Thank you very much for this great post.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you very much!!!
Pedro