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GILELS, Emil: Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1935-1951)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Gilels, Emil, piano
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111350
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Emil Gilels was one of the greatest Russian pianists of the twentieth century, born in Odessa in 1916. The recordings on this first disc of his early recordings, made in the USSR, come from the first stage of Gilels’s career and include his first known recordings from 1935. Leopold Godowsky’s arrangement of the Gigue by Jean-Baptiste Loeillet immediately shows the immense power the nineteen-year old Gilels had at the keyboard. His playing, especially in his youth, was fiery, volatile and exciting, and even late in his career it still retained the grandeur and sweep of a great master in the Russian tradition.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

Outside of his native Russia, the pianist Emil Gilels remained largely unknown until he his was in his thirties, his younger years now charted in a series of important recordings. Making his debut at the age of twelve as a child prodigy, he  was shielded from a premature career by his astute mentors, eventually releasing him at nineteen to take the major prize in a series of major competitions. The cultural divide that separated the Soviet Union from the West prevented free travel, Gilels only allowed to accept engagements outside of the Communist countries in the 1950s. Though he was then hailed as one of the outstanding pianists of his time, he could only find a place among a whole new generation of virtuosos who had emerged in the meantime. The present release covers

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