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Emil Gilels: The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection - solo piano works and concertos by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky et al. / Emil Gilels, piano (rec. 1955-1979) [7 CDs]

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Siloti, Alexander : Prelude, transcription for piano in B minor (after Bach, BWV 855)
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Celebrating 100 Years of Soviet Pianist Emil Gilels (1916 - 1985), widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. The first-ever collection of his complete recordings for RCA and Columbia from 1955 to 1979. First release of his Schubert Piano Sonata No. 14 recording from 1964 on CD, remastered from the original analogue tapes. Seven CD specially priced box set featuring original jacket collection with facsimile sleeves and LP labels.

Among the first Soviet musicians allowed to travel in the West, Emil Gilels's American debut on October 3, 1955, with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra caused a sensation. Later that month, Gilels recorded his best-selling collaboration with Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Subsequent American tours between 1958 and 1965 yielded a small yet select group of recordings for the two leading American classical labels, RCA and Columbia, including the Brahms Second Concerto with Reiner/Chicago, and the Chopin First Concerto with Ormandy/Philadelphia. Among Gilels' Bach, Liszt, Schubert and Shostakovich solo recordings for RCA, the Schubert A minor Sonata, D 784, is being released for the first time on CD. In 1979 Gilels returned to the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and its music director Zubin Mehta for a televised Pension Fund Benefit Concert, subsequently issued as one of the first CBS digitally recorded releases.

Born in Odessa on October 19, 1916, Emil Gilels gave his first public concert at twelve. While visiting the Odessa Conservatory in 1932, Arthur Rubinstein met and encouraged the young Gilels. Upon graduating in 1935, Gilels embarked on post-graduate work with the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus, who also taught Sviatoslav Richter and Radu Lupu. After winning first prize in the 1938 Ysa˙e International Festival in Brussels, Gilels's broadcast performances attracted the attention of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who subsequently regarded Gilels as his pianistic successor. Gilels was scheduled to make his American début in 1939 at the New York World's Fair, but the outbreak of World War II intervened.

During the war, Gilels premiered Prokofiev's Eighth Piano Sonata and formed a trio with violinist Leonid Kogan and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1952 he became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory and headed the jury of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 that awarded first prize to Van Cliburn. For the next 25 years, Gilels' international career steadily and consistently thrived. Though acclaimed for his Romantic bravura and imposing sonority that could penetrate any orchestra, Gilels was fully at home in the Classical repertoire. He became increasingly preoccupied with Beethoven's music in his last years, and had nearly completed a recorded cycle of the piano sonatas before his death on October 14, 1985, days short of his 69th birthday.

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Recording information: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (01/08/1965); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (01/08/1965); New York City, Carnegie Hall (01/08/1965); New York City, Town Hall (01/08/1965); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (01/08/1965); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (01/16/1960/01/20/1960); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (01/16/1960/01/20/1960); New York City, Carnegie Hall (01/16/1960/01/20/1960); New York City, Town Hall (01/16/1960/01/20/1960); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (01/16/1960/01/20/1960); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (02/08/1958); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (02/08/1958); New York City, Carnegie Hall (02/08/1958); New York City, Town Hall (02/08/1958); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (02/08/1958); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (02/25/1960); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (02/25/1960); New York City, Carnegie Hall (02/25/1960); New York City, Town Hall (02/25/1960); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (02/25/1960); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (10/29/1955); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (10/29/1955); New York City, Carnegie Hall (10/29/1955); New York City, Town Hall (10/29/1955); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (10/29/1955); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (11/14/1979); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (11/14/1979); New York City, Carnegie Hall (11/14/1979); New York City, Town Hall (11/14/1979); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (11/14/1979); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (12/24/1964/01/05/1965); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (12/24/1964/01/05/1965); New York City, Carnegie Hall (12/24/1964/01/05/1965); New York City, Town Hall (12/24/1964/01/05/1965); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (12/24/1964/01/05/1965); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (12/31/1964); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (12/31/1964); New York City, Carnegie Hall (12/31/1964); New York City, Town Hall (12/31/1964); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (12/31/1964); Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (1964-12-22&1964-12-23&1965-); Chicago, Orchestra Hall (1964-12-22&1964-12-23&1965-); New York City, Carnegie Hall (1964-12-22&1964-12-23&1965-); New York City, Town Hall (1964-12-22&1964-12-23&1965-); Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA (1964-12-22&1964-12-23&1965-).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 68 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1881

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
  • Notes: New York City, Town Hall (01/16/1960/01/20/1960)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1825

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Town Hall (12/24/1964/01/05/1965)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A minor, D 784/Op. 143
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Town Hall (1964-12-22&1964-12-23&1965-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1823

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for piano no 2 in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1942.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 39 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Running Time: 68 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Siloti, Alexander : Prelude, transcription for piano in B minor (after Bach, BWV 855)
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic