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Classical - Released April 7, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1981 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released August 19, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1970 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Beyond being the 90th anniversary of his birth in 2006, there seemed no other reason for Deutsche Grammophon to release so many splendid collections of recordings by Emil Gilels, the Soviet titan of the keyboard. It's reason enough. Following a two-disc set of Gilels' early recordings and a nine-disc set of his Beethoven sonatas, DG released this two-disc set of Gilels' Mozart recordings and it is a wonderful addition. The first disc here contains a live recording of a 1970 solo recital in the Mozarteum Salzburg, while the second features a combination of 1973 recordings of the B flat major Concerto with Karl Böhm and the double Concerto in E flat major with his daughter Elena. Gilels' solo recital is stunning. The elegant phrasing and supple power of his B flat major Sonata are supremely graceful. Even better are the expressive depths of his D minor Fantasia. But best of all is the lyrical tragedy of his A minor Sonata. Amazingly, Gilels' concerto recordings are in some ways better yet. With Böhm and the Wiener Philharmoniker, Gilels has partners who support and challenge him and the result is a marvelous cooperative performance. With his daughter Elena, Gilels has a partner he supports and challenges and the result is an affectionate collaboration. As old-time listeners remember from their first release on LPs, these stereo recordings were virtually transparent with just a hint of audience noise. © TiVo
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Classical - Released July 20, 2018 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released November 13, 2020 | Alexandre Bak - Classical Music Reference Recording

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Classical - Released September 24, 2013 | ICA Classics

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Classical - Released October 25, 1990 | Sony Classical