Emil Gilels in Ensembles | Melodiya MELCD1002210

Emil Gilels in Ensembles


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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002210

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Release Date: 28th July 2014



Firma Melodiya presents a set of rare recordings by Emil Gilels.

“The world knows many talented pianists and a few great masters who tower above them all. Emil Gilels is one of them.” ... “The titans of piano like Gilels are born once in a century.” These were the kind of reviews that accompanied Gilels throughout his pianistic career, beginning with his victory at the all-union competition in 1933 in Moscow. However, this set will open new sides to Gilels’ repertoire, even to those who are well acquainted with his recordings.

Here we will hear Emil Gilels as an ensemble musician. The titan of piano, who roused audiences and orchestras, was able to turn into a fine chamber musician, a wonderful ensemble partner. And Gilels’s partners were truly brilliant soloists, such as Yakov Flier and Yakov Zak (piano), Elizaveta Gilels (violin), and musicians from the Beethoven Quartet - Dmitri Tsyganov (violin), Vadim Borisovsky (viola) and Sergei Shirinsky (cello).

The set features compositions from various periods. Along with well-known piano and chamber ensembles, it includes recordings of rarely performed works by Mozart (arranged by Busoni), Saint-Saëns and Cui.

But the previously unreleased recordings by Emil Gilels deserve a special mention. They are Suite No.2 for piano by Rachmaninov, Rondo four hands by Chopin, Concerto pathétique by Liszt, a suite for two pianos by Leonid Nikolayev and a piano trio by Andrei Babayev.

The recordings were made between 1946 and 1959.

CD 1

W A Mozart / F Busoni
- Overture to The Magic Flute, K.620
- Fantasia in F minor, K.608
- Duettino concertante, K.459

Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Zak (piano)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Fugue in C minor, K.426
Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Zak (piano)

Camille Saint-Saens
- Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op.35
Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Zak (piano)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Concerto No.10 for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K.365/316a
Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Zak (piano)
USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Kondrashin

Total time: 68.43
Recorded 1948–1952

CD 2
Joseph Haydn
- Sonata No.1 for violin and piano in G major, Hob.XV:32
Emil Gilels (piano), Elizaveta Gilels (violin)

Ludwig van Beethoven
- Sonata for horn and piano in F major, Op.17
Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Shapiro (horn)

Johannes Brahms
- Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56
Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Zak (piano)

Cesar Cui
Three Pieces for two pianos, Op.69
- No.1 Intermezzo
- No.2 Nocturne

Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Flier (piano)

Total time: 60.00
Recorded in 1951, 1946, 1949

CD 3
Sergei Rachmaninov
- Suite No.2 for two pianos in C major, Op.17

Leonid Nikolayev
- Suite for two pianos in B minor, Op.13

Frederic Chopin
- Rondo for two pianos in C major, Op.73

Franz Liszt
- Concerto pathetique for two pianos in E minor, S.258

Total time: 62.54
Emil Gilels (piano), Yakov Zak (piano)
Recorded in 1946, 1951, 1950, 1949

CD 4
Johannes Brahms
- Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Emil Gilels (piano), Dmitri Tsyganov (violin), Vadim Borisovsky (viola), Sergei Shirinsky (cello)

Andrey Babayev
- Trio for piano, violin and cello in C sharp minor
Emil Gilels (piano), Dmitri Tsyganov (violin), Sergei Shirinsky (cello)

Total time: 53.09
Recorded in the 1950s

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