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Beethoven: Concerto no 4; Tchaikovsky: Concerto no 2 / Emil Gilels, piano

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Emil Gilels was one of the most celebrated pianists of the 20th century. Presented here for the first time are rare, broadcast recordings of Gilels performing Beethoven at the 1966 Edinburgh Festival and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1959 at the BBC Maida Vale Studios. Ambient mastering adds an extra dimension to these distinguished performances recorded over 45 years ago.

"There is no doubting the poetry and the intensity that Gilels invests in the solo part. He was never a pianist to flaunt any degree of flamboyance, but the quality that comes through in this performance is the focus and the seriousness of his interpretation, his chamber-music-like relationship with the orchestra, the gleaming tone that he could elicit from the keyboard, and the range of emotion that he could describe." -The Telegraph

BBC Music Magazine, January 2012
Breathtaking pianism from Gilels: Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 2 is titanic and tender by turns, and his opening phrase of Beethoven Four is near-miraculous. Ropey sound quality, but worth it.

The Telegraph, 22nd September 2011
There is no doubting the poetry and the intensity that Gilels invests in the solo part. He was never a pianist to flaunt any degree of flamboyance, but the quality that comes through in this performance is the focus and the seriousness of his interpretation, his chamber-music-like relationship with the orchestra, the gleaming tone that he could elicit from the keyboard, and the range of emotion that he could describe.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (02/23/1959); Edinburgh Festival, Usher Hall, Edinburgh (02/23/1959); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (09/13/1966); Edinburgh Festival, Usher Hall, Edinburgh (09/13/1966).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Ensemble: Hale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 35 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 36 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880