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Gilels plays Bach, Vol. 2 / Emil Gilels and Yakov Zak, pianos; Elizaveta Gilels, violiin; Nikolai Kharkovsky, flute

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 10 in E minor (WTC I/10), BWV 855 (BC L89)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents recordings of J.S. Bach's works performed by Emil Gilels and continues the series of recordings made by the great pianist. These recordings suggest a different view on Gilels's performing art. Emil Gilels entered the music life of the USSR as a virtuoso in the best, romantic sense of the word. He conquered the world with his performances of Beethoven's sonatas, Mozart's works in Salzburg, and interpretations of Tchaikovsky's and Rachmaninoff's concertos. It was difficult to assume that a well-established stereotype of romantic pianist hid an inspired and profound interpreter of Bach's music. Johann Sebastian Bach never was a foundation of Gilels's repertoire. Rather, those were individual pieces, but that was exactly what made them, among different music, so unexpected at his concerts. Not claiming to be authentic and at the same time not falling into excessive romanticism, Emil Gilels shapes his own unique vision of the great cantor's music world.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Performances of the Concerto for Two Pianos in C and Brandenburg 5 from 1948 form the chief attraction of this release. The tempos are fine and, best of all, the playing supple, singing, and lightly articulated without resorting to the one-size-fits-all non legato that today holds many pianists in its relentless grip.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1948; 1950; 1968.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 10 in E minor (WTC I/10), BWV 855 (BC L89)
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: USSR State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Yakov Zak (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732-1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  • Performers: Emil Gilels (Piano); Elizaveta Gillels (Violin); Nikolai Kharkovsky (Flute)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Running Time: 20 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710