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Emil Gilels: The 100th Anniversary Edition [Box Set]

By Daniil Shafran

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By Daniil Shafran, Dmitri Tsyganov, Elizaveta Gilels, Emil Gilels, Evgeny Sv, Karl Eliasberg, Kirill Kondrashin, Konstantin Ivanov, Kurt Sanderling, Leonid Kogan, Neeme Jarvi, Rudolf Barshai, Sergei Shirinsky, Yakov Zak, and Mstislav Rostropovich. By Arno Babajanian, Claude, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Cesar Antonovich Cui (1835-1918), Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev (1837-1910), Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851), and Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Country of Origin: Russia. Classical. Listening CDs (50 discs). Published by Melodiya (NX.MELCD1002433).

Item Number: NX.MELCD1002433

For the 100th anniversary of Emil Gilels, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Firma Melodiya presents an anthology of his pianistic legacy. The Melodiya anniversary release covers Gilels's almost entire life in music from his first studio recording of 1935 (Liszt's Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the number with which young Gilels caused a furor at the competition) to the artist's last performance in Moscow in 1984 with Beethoven's Hammersklavier Sonata. Most part of the set is dedicated to live broadcasts that captured the pianist's extensive repertoire – from Scarlatti and Bach to Shostakovich and Stravinsky, including a number of never-before-released interpretations such as Scriabin's Sonata No. 1, Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, Handel's Chaconne, Borodin's Scherzo etc. The art of Gilels as an ensemblist is represented with his collaborations with the greatest Soviet performers such as Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Barshai. The recordings with the pianist's sister, remarkable violinist Elizaveta Gilels are worth a special mention. Emil Gilels played with the world's best orchestras, and this release features the prominent Soviet conductors Konstantin Ivanov, Kirill Kondrashin, Rudolf Barshai and Evgeny Svetlanov accompanying the pianist.

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