Gilels - Early Recordings Vol.1 | Naxos - Historical 8111350

Gilels - Early Recordings Vol.1

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Label: Naxos - Historical

Cat No: 8111350

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th September 2008



Emil Gilels was one of the greatest Russian pianists of the twentieth century, born in Odessa in 1916.

The recordings on this first disc of his early recordings, made in the USSR, come from the first stage of Gilels’ career and include his first known recordings from 1935.

Leopold Godowsky’s arrangement of the Gigue by Jean-Baptiste Loeillet immediately shows the immense power the nineteen-year old Gilels had at the keyboard. His playing, especially in his youth, was fiery, volatile and exciting, and even late in his career it still retained grandeur and sweep of a great master in the Russian tradition.

All tracks recorded in the USSR, 1935-1951.

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