Gilels Plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Debussy

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 684911426120
  • Catalog Number: 4261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 141 (L. 422) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (4:47)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  2. 2 Sonata for keyboard in F major, K. 518 (L. 116) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (5:06)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  3. 3 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 32 (L. 423) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (3:01)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  4. 4 Sonata for keyboard in F minor, K. 466 (L. 118) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (5:12)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  5. 5 Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 533 (L. 395) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (3:06)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  6. 6 Sonata for keyboard in B minor, K. 27 (L. 449) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (4:43)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  7. 7 Sonata for keyboard in G major, K. 125 (L. 487) - Domenico Scarlatti & Emil Gilels (2:29)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  8. 8–10 Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95 - Claude Debussy & Emil Gilels (13:53)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
    1. 8Prélude
    2. 9Sarabande
    3. 10Toccata
  9. 11 Reflets dans l'eau, for piano, L. 110/1 - Claude Debussy & Emil Gilels (5:35)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  10. 12–13 Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emil Gilels (12:09)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    1. 12 Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
    2. 13 Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
  11. 14–15 Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30 - Alexander Scriabin & Emil Gilels (7:36)
    Composed byAlexander Scriabin
    1. 14 Andante
    2. 15 Prestissimo volando
  12. 16 Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: No. 1. Lentamente - No. 3. Allegretto - No. 5. Mol - Sergey Prokofiev & Emil Gilels (5:39)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
  13. 17 Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor ("From Old Notebooks"), Op. 28 - Sergey Prokofiev & Emil Gilels (6:33)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emil Gilels Primary Artist
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