Emil Gilels plays Tchaikovsky | Praga Digitals PRD250388

Emil Gilels plays Tchaikovsky

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Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: PRD250388

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st July 2017

Contents

Artists

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
USSR State Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Karl Ancerl
Kirill Kondrashin

Works

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Morceaux (6), op.19
» no.6 Theme and variations
Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23
Piano Concerto no.2 in G major, op.44

Artists

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
USSR State Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Karl Ancerl
Kirill Kondrashin

About

Emil Gilels (1916-85), unlike his friend and compatriot Sviatoslav Richter, enjoyed playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.2, op.44, just as much as the celebrated Concerto No.1, op.23. Their playing style was very different. Both equally virtuoso, Richter’s flashes of emotion and virtuosity contrast with Gilels’ natural restraint and impressive legato. The two scores here, which met with surprisingly contrasting acclaim, appear only rarely together.

"turn to his 1959 live recording with the USSR Symphony under Kyrill Kondrashin and you might as well be listening to a completely different pianist....the solo playing has a headstrong, easy virtuosity that provides maximum contrast with the later account's equally arresting but rather more affected personality [Melodiya, Svetlanov]. In fact the two Gilels performances are about as different from each other as both are (in overall style) from Richter's classically integrated performance of the First Concerto." - Gramophone

Recorded: Moscow, June 1950 (Op.19 no.6); Prague Spring Festival, 1954 (Concerto no.1); Radio Moscow, 23 December 1959 (Concerto no.2)

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