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Schumann: Klavierstucke, Op. 32; Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10; Chopin: Sonata no 3; Mozart: Fantasy in d / Emil Gilels, piano (live 3/22/79)

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Klavierstucke (4) for piano, Op. 32
>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 40/2, CT. 153
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This authorized BBC tape has never been issued before. The recital is slightly unusual in that Gilels opens with Schumann's rarely heard Four Klavierstuckeop.32. Gilels only performed these pieces late in his career from 1977 to 1984. This is an exceptionally rare CD and presents the Russian pianist at his best in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. There is a beautifully played encore - Mozart's D minor Fantasy K397 - which is also featured on this well-filled 80+minute disc.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The Schumann is clear. Particularly in the 'Romance', a nice variety of touch brings out all of the musical shading. The Brahms is conservative in a good way. Initial tempo choices are very good, and the sound never gets away from the pianist. In the Chopin presented here Gilels allows himself the greatest range of touch, dynamics, and rhythmic flexibility. Mozart's Fantasy, presented as an encore, and is treated as a romantic study in both intimate lyricism and organic contrast. The performance demonstrates a clear and affectionate perspective on this familiar work.

The Guardian, 12th September 2013
[The Chopin pieces] serve as reminders that Gilels' keyboard muscularity was always complemented by a wonderfully even, silvery delicacy when required...The encore is Mozart's D minor Fantasy, a bit over-emphatic for my taste, but the pianism is, as ever, masterly.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
The pianist endows these pieces with dignified maturity and a sense of poetry...the performances complement those studio accounts by reflecting Gilels's palpable engagement and desire to communicate with his audience.

MusicWeb International, 11th February 2014
Gilels shows how acutely sensitive performance can be, how malleable interpretation can be, and how an artist's perception of a myriad of small or larger details can incrementally shape the course of his performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School, Staffords (03/22/1979).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Klavierstücke (4) for piano, Op. 32
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Brahms, Johannes : Ballades (4) for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 4 in C minor, Op. 40/2, CT. 153
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g)
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782