Gilels Plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Debussy

Gilels Plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Debussy

by Emil Gilels
     
 

This BBC release combines performances from two London recitals by the great Soviet pianist Emil Gilels. It includes his 1984 recording of seven sonatas by Scarlatti and four works by Debussy, three from "Pour le piano" and one from the first book of "Images," as well as his 1957 recording of See more details below

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This BBC release combines performances from two London recitals by the great Soviet pianist Emil Gilels. It includes his 1984 recording of seven sonatas by Scarlatti and four works by Debussy, three from "Pour le piano" and one from the first book of "Images," as well as his 1957 recording of Beethoven's "E minor Sonata," Scriabin's "F sharp major Sonata" and the "A minor Sonata," and six "Visions fugitives" of Prokofiev. Much of this repertoire will be new to even Gilels' most ardent fans; Scarlatti and Scriabin figured infrequently in his recitals, and Debussy was not much more common. Gilels' Scarlatti sounds like an Italianate Mozart, his Scriabin sounds like a Russified Chopin, and his Debussy sounds like a Germanic Liszt. This is not in itself a bad thing, and Gilels' tremendous technique and complete conviction go a long way in making his accounts persuasive. In his standard repertoire, however, Gilels is, as always, an undisputed master, and his Beethoven has the prerequisite nobility and sensitivity, while his Prokofiev has the necessary power and energy. For fans of the pianist, this will be all they need to hear, and even the earlier recording's dim sound should not diminish their enjoyment, but the recording may not have the same appeal for listeners who are not already Gilels enthusiasts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911426120
catalogNumber:
4261

Tracks

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 141 (L. 422)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  2. Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 518 (L. 116)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  3. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 32 (L. 423)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  4. Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 466 (L. 118)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  5. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 533 (L. 395)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  6. Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 27 (L. 449)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  7. Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 125 (L. 487)  - Domenico Scarlatti  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  8. Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95  - Claude Debussy  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  9. Reflets dans l'eau, for piano, L. 110/1  - Claude Debussy  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  10. Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  11. Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30  - Alexander Scriabin  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  12. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: No. 1. Lentamente - No. 3. Allegretto - No. 5. Mol  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick
  13. Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Emil Gilels  - John Patrick  - John Patrick

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