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Pianist Emil Gilels in Ensembles - works by Mozart, Saint-Saens, Haydn, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Nikolayev, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Cui

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute, KV 620
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fugue for 2 pianos in C minor, K. 426
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, for 2 pianos, Op. 35
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Trio in G major, H. 15/32
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
>Cui, César : Three Pieces for 2 pianos, Op. 69
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite no 2 for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 17
>Nikolayev, Leonid : Suite for 2 pianos in B minor, Op. 13
>Chopin, Frédéric : Rondo for 2 Pianos in C major, B 27/Op. 73
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto pathétique (I & II), for 2 pianos, S. 258 (LW C18)
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Babayev, Andrey : Trio for piano, violin & cello in C sharp minor
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Notes & Reviews:

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 borne once in a century." Those 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's repertoire even to those who is well acquainted with his recordings. We will hear Emil Gilels as an ensemble musician. The titan of piano, who roused the audiences and orchestras, was able to turn into a fine chamber musician, a wonderful ensemble partner as though he dissolved his brightest individuality in a piece he performed. The more so because Gilels's partners were truly brilliant soloists such as Yakov Flier and Yakov Zak (piano), Elizaveta Gilels (violin), 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-know 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 Rachmaninoff, 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 in 1946 to 1959.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is Melodiya's first installment in a projected "expanded edition of his phonographic history" to celebrate his 100th birthday anniversary in 2016. With only one exception, all of the recordings here predate my birth (1953). Gilels was widely recorded all though his life, both in the studio and in concert. He was one of the best in the world, and his discs are a part of most piano lover's collections. I have a lot, mostly solo and duo piano music.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : The Magic Flute, KV 620 :: Overture
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Fugue for 2 pianos in C minor, K. 426
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, for 2 pianos, Op. 35
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a)
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Trio in G major, H. 15/32
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Elizaveta Gillels (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 06/14/1794

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Shapiro (Horn)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1800.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a "St. Anthony"
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Cui, César : Three Pieces for 2 pianos, Op. 69 :: no 1. Intermezzo
  • Performers: Yakov Flier (Piano); Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Cui, César : Three Pieces for 2 pianos, Op. 69 :: no 2. Nocturne
  • Performers: Yakov Flier (Piano); Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite no 2 for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 17
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Nikolayev, Leonid : Suite for 2 pianos in B minor, Op. 13
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chopin, Frédéric : Rondo for 2 Pianos in C major, B 27/Op. 73
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto pathétique (I & II), for 2 pianos, S. 258 (LW C18)
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1855

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performers: Vadim Borisovsky (Viola); Emil Gilels (Piano); Sergei Shirinsky (Cello); Dmitri Tsiganov (Violin)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Babayev, Andrey : Trio for piano, violin & cello in C sharp minor
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Sergei Shirinsky (Cello); Dmitri Tsiganov (Violin)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music