Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Emil Gilels - Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection

When discussing his colleagues, Arthur Rubinstein could be both harsh and gererous, usually  saving his most effusive praise for the younger generation of keyboard talents. One such  pianist may well have impressed Rubinsten more than others. During his 1931 visit to Odessa,  Rubinstein was invited to hear the fifteer-year-old Emil Gilels. “But my goodness, here was a boy — I remember it as if it happened yesterday — with a mass of red hair and freckles, who  played... I can’t describe it,” recalled Rubinstein. “All can say is, if he ever comes to America,  I may as well pack my bags and go.”
Whether or not being an Odessa native assures pianistic greatness, the fact is that  several generations of Russian legends were born there, including Vladimir de Pachmann,  Samuel Feinberg, Maria Grinberg, Benno Moiseiwitsch, Simon Barere and Shura Cherkassky.  So was Emil Gilels on October 19, 1916, although he did not come from a musical family. Still,  his parents owned a piano, and it soon became evident that the young Emil had acutely  perfect pitch. At five he was brought to Yakov Tkach, whose discplinary methods ultimately  benefited his impetuous student. Gilels was stagestruck from the start ; in fact, a program  exists in Gilels’s hardwriting dating from 1924, announcing a fictitious recital to take place  in 1933 ! As it happened, Gilels’s real Odessa début occurred in May 1929, where the twelve-year-old prodigy performed Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata, Liszt’s Un sospiro, and a group  of Scarlatti Sonatas and Chopin Etudes, among other selections...
Jef Distler, from the booklet

Emil Gilels
The Complete
RCA & Columbia Album Collection

Tracks

Cd. 1

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

Concerto for piano and Orchestra n° 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23
1 I. Allegro ma non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito  20:20
2 II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I  7:06
3 III. Allegro con fuoco - Allegro vivo  6:15

Emil Gilels - p
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner - dir.

Recorded at Orchestra Hall, Chicago ; October 29, 1955

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Cd. 2

Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra n° 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83
1 I. Allegro non troppo  16:05
2 II. Allegro appassionato  8:12
3 III. Andante - Più agagio - Tempo I  12:04
4 IV. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto  8:49

Emil Gilels - p
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner - dir.

Recorded at Orchestra Hall, Chicago ; February 8, 1958

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Cd. 3

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

Piano Sonata n° 17 in D Major, D 850 "Gasteiner" (Op. 53)
1 I. Allegro vivace  8:31
2 II. Con moto  16:30
3 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio  8:40
4 IV. Rondo. Allegro moderato  7:49

Recorded at Town Hall, New York City ; January 16/20, 1960

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Cd. 4

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)

Piano Sonata in B Minor S 178
1 Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso -  12:07
Cantando espressivo - Pesante - Recitativo -
2 Andante sostenuto - Quasi adagio -  7:07
3 Allegro energico - Più mosso - Cantando  7:07
espressivo senza slentare - Stretta quasi
presto - Presto - Prestissimo -
4 Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai  3:08

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

Piano Sonata n° 14 in A Minor, D 784 (Op. 143)
5 I. Allegro giusto  11:12
6 II. Andante  5:15
7 III. Allegro vivace  5:08

Recorded at Town Hall, New York City ; December 24, 1954 & January 5, 1955 [# 1-4] ; & December 22/23, 1964 & January 8, 1965 [# 5-7]

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Cd. 5

Dmitri Shostakovitch
(1906-1975)

Piano Sonata n° 2 in B Minor, Op. 61
1 I. Allegretto  7:02
2 II. Largo  8:04
3 III. Moderato (con moto)  13:18

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

French Suite n° 5 in G Major, BWV 816
4 I. Allemande  5:00
5 II. Courante  1:22
6 III. Sarabande  5:10
7 IV. Gavotte  1:15
8 V. Bourrée  1:07
9 VI. Loure  3:18
10 VII. Gigue  2:45

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City ; January 8, 196 [# 1-3] ; & February 25, 1960 [# 4-10]

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Cd. 6

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra n° 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
1 I. Allegro maesoso  20:03
2 II. Romance. Larghetto  10:05
3 III. Rondo. Vivace  9:40

The Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy - dir.

Recorded at Town Hall, New York City ; December 31, 1964

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Cd. 7

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

Concerto for piano and Orchestra n° 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23
1 I. Allegro ma non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegrocon spirito  21:13
2 II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I  6:55
3 III. Allegro con fuoco - Allegro vivo  7:04

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

4 Prelude in B Minor  3:49
(Arr. from BWV 855a in E Minor, Siloti)

Emil Gilels - p
New York Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta - cond.

Recorded live at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City ; November 4, 1979

9 comments:

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erasmus said...

another wonderful and massive svnv post! so very thankful.

kingpossum said...

Hearty thanks. I've been rediscovering classical music and I've never known much about Mr. Gilels.

Sandflyer said...

Excellent. Many, many thanks.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Marvellous post, thank you very much Mel
Pedro

Péter Makai said...

Many, many thanks!

musician3 said...

AMAZING.......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

crispi said...

Deepest thanks!

Todd Earl Winkels Van Buskirk said...

Thanks a million!!