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The Seattle Recital

Emil Gilels

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In the early 1960s, with the first wave of Russian virtuosi continuing to make waves in the West, extraordinary recitals spread beyond the usual American concert centers of New York and Boston. This recording reproduces an Emil Gilels concert given in Seattle in December of 1964, and it captures the pianist's tremendous energy and the energy of the audience's response as well. The Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein") was one of Gilels' trademarks. You might want this release just for the performance of that work alone, with its surging double-octave scales in the finale letting the audience know that it's in for something special. There are many other highlights: Prokofiev that seems perfectly idiomatic, a stirring "Danse Russe" of Stravinsky (another Gilels trademark), a group of Debussy's Images that is hardly conventional, but seems inexorably swept along by the whirlwind of the whole. Everything comes to rest with an Alexander Siloti arrangement of a Bach prelude. Gilels in the 1960s was not quite the household name that Sviatoslav Richter was, but, admired by Rachmaninov and directly connected to Prokofiev, he perhaps represented pure Russian tradition in a way that no other pianist of his time did. This Deutsche Grammophon release gives a good idea of his accomplishments. The sound certainly isn't spectacular, but for 1964 its immediacy and clarity are reasonable.

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Piano Sonata No.21 in C Major, Op.53 -"Waldstein" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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1. Allegro con brio 00:10:33

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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2. Introduzione (Adagio molto) 00:03:21

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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3. Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo) 00:09:02

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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Chopin: Variations On "Là ci darem la mano" From Mozart's "Don Giovanni", Op.2 00:15:08

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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J.S. Bach: Prelude In E Minor, BWV 855 (Arr. And Transp. To B Minor By A. Siloti) 00:03:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexander Iljitsch Siloti, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28 (Sergei Prokofiev)

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Piano Sonata No.3 In A Minor 00:06:53

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Images - Book 1, L. 110 (Claude Debussy)

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1. Reflets dans l'eau 00:04:13

Claude Debussy, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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2. Hommage à Rameau 00:05:13

Claude Debussy, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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3. Mouvement 00:03:19

Claude Debussy, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Visions fugitives, Op.22 (Sergei Prokofiev)

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1. Lentamente 00:01:02

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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3. Allegretto 00:00:54

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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5. Molto giocoso 00:00:20

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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11. Con vivacità 00:01:00

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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10. Ridiculosamente 00:00:47

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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17. Poetico 00:01:29

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Miroirs, M.43 (Maurice Ravel)

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4. Alborada del gracioso 00:05:48

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Trois mouvements de Petrouchka (Igor Stravinski)

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1. Danse russe 00:02:37

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Emil Gilels, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence B. Linville, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

In the early 1960s, with the first wave of Russian virtuosi continuing to make waves in the West, extraordinary recitals spread beyond the usual American concert centers of New York and Boston. This recording reproduces an Emil Gilels concert given in Seattle in December of 1964, and it captures the pianist's tremendous energy and the energy of the audience's response as well. The Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein") was one of Gilels' trademarks. You might want this release just for the performance of that work alone, with its surging double-octave scales in the finale letting the audience know that it's in for something special. There are many other highlights: Prokofiev that seems perfectly idiomatic, a stirring "Danse Russe" of Stravinsky (another Gilels trademark), a group of Debussy's Images that is hardly conventional, but seems inexorably swept along by the whirlwind of the whole. Everything comes to rest with an Alexander Siloti arrangement of a Bach prelude. Gilels in the 1960s was not quite the household name that Sviatoslav Richter was, but, admired by Rachmaninov and directly connected to Prokofiev, he perhaps represented pure Russian tradition in a way that no other pianist of his time did. This Deutsche Grammophon release gives a good idea of his accomplishments. The sound certainly isn't spectacular, but for 1964 its immediacy and clarity are reasonable.

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