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EMIL GILELS: Icon - The Complete EMI Recordings (9 CDs)

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Emil Gilels started studying the piano at the age of six at the Institute of Music and Drama in his home town of Odessa. Following a successful debut in 1929 he moved to the Odessa Conservatoire and it was there two years later that Artur Rubinstein heard him and remarked “If he ever comes to America, I may as well pack my bags and go.” In 1933 he won the first prize in the first All-Union Musicians Competition in Moscow but he returned to complete his studies in Odessa and graduated in 1935.

He attended master classes with Heinrich Neuhaus in Moscow and heard (and later admitted to having been greatly inflenced by) many foreign artists in those years, including Petri, Cortot, Gieseking and Arrau.

Winning second prize at the Vienna International Competition in 1936 was followed by winning first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Festival in Brussels in 1938. He started to teach at the Moscow Conservatoire and was due to have played at the 1939 New York World Fair, but the war intervened and it was not until 1947 that he gave his first concerts outside Russia – France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Denmark.

It was in France that he made his first recording for EMI – the Saint-Saëns second concerto in 1954 which was followed a year later by the Rachmaninov third concerto and the Chopin second sonata. In that year he also became the first major Russian musician to play in the US after the war and his New York debut aroused much enthusiasm as did his first appearance in London during 1959.

Although he now had a international career he did not tour that often nor as extensively as other artists so his appearances were regarded as “events” and, as such, tickets were highly-prized amongst his numerous fans and the piano-cognoscenti. He stands with Sviatoslav Richter as the two greatest Russian pianists of his generation. His virtuosity always placed at the service of the music whilst the lucidity and purity of his pianism captured the very essence of what he was performing. This collection covers so many aspects of his art, encompassing works in which the poetry of the music is tangible and others where his incredible dexterity is matched by fluency to yield performances of breathtaking brilliance. His career was brutally cut short by a heart attack in Moscow just before his 69th birthday.

Compact Disc 1

01 Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15 (1996 Remastered Version): I. Allegro con brio - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 04 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Op. 19 (1996 Remastered Version): I. Allegro moderato - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
02 Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15 (1996 Remastered Version): II. Largo - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 05 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Op. 19 (1996 Remastered Version): II. Adagio - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
03 Piano Concerto No.1 in C Op.15 (1996 Remastered Version): III. Rondo (Allegro scherzando) [ Cadenzas - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 06 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Op. 19 (1996 Remastered Version): III. Rondo (molto allegro) - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

Compact Disc 2

01 Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor Op.37 (1996 Remastered Version): Allegro con brio - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 04 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G Op. 58 (1996 Remastered Version): I. Allegro moderato - By Emil Gilels/George Szell
02 Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor Op.37 (1996 Remastered Version): Largo - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 05 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G Op. 58 (1996 Remastered Version): II. Andante con moto - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
03 Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor Op.37 (1996 Remastered Version): Rondo (Allegro - Presto) - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 06 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G Op. 58 (1996 Remastered Version): III. Rondo (Vivace) - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

Compact Disc 3

01 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5, 'Emperor' Op. 73 (1996 Remastered Version): Allegro - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 20 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
02 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5, 'Emperor' Op. 73 (1996 Remastered Version): Adagio un poco m - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 21 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
03 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5, 'Emperor' Op. 73 (1996 Remastered Version): Rondo (Allegro) - By Emil Gilels/Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell 22 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
04 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Thema. Allegretto - 23 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
05 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations I - III 24 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
06 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations IV & V 25 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
07 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variation VI 26 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
08 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variation VII & VIII 27 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
09 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations IX - XI 28 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
10 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variation XII 29 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
11 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XIII & XIV 30 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
12 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XV - XVIII 31 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R
13 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XIX - XXII 32 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):
14 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XXIII - XX 33 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):
15 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XXVI & XXV 34 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):
16 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XXVIII 35 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):
17 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XXIX & XXX 36 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):
18 32 Variations in C minor on an original theme WoO80 (1996 Remastered Version): Variations XXXI & XXX 37 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):
19 12 Variations (in A) on a Russian dance from Paul Wranitzky's ballet 'Das Waldmädchen' WoO71 (1996 R 38 6 Variations (in D) on a Turkish March from 'Die Ruinen von Athen' Op. 76 (1996 Remastered Version):

Compact Disc 4

01 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58 (2005 Remastered Version): I. Allegro moderato - By Emil Gilels/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig 04 Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor' Op. 73: I. Allegro - By Emil Gilels/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig
02 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58 (2005 Remastered Version): II. Andante con moto - By Emil Gilels/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig 05 Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor' Op. 73: II. Adagio un poco mosso - By Emil Gilels/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig
03 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58 (2005 Remastered Version): III. Rondo (Vivace) - By Emil Gilels/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig 06 Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor' Op. 73: III. Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo - By Emil Gilels/Philharmonia Orchestra/Leopold Ludwig

Compact Disc 5

01 Concerto Pour Piano N°1 En Ut Majeur Op.15 : I Allegro Con Brio (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire - André Vandernoot 04 Concerto Pour Piano N°2 En Si Bémol Majeur Op.19 : I Allegro Con Brio (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire - André Vandernoot
02 Concerto Pour Piano N°1 En Ut Majeur Op.15 : II Largo (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire - André Vandernoot 05 Concerto Pour Piano N°2 En Si Bémol Majeur Op.19 : II Adagio (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire - André Vandernoot
03 Concerto Pour Piano N°1 En Ut Majeur Op.15 : III Rondo (Allegro Scherzando) (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire - André Vandernoot 06 Concerto Pour Piano N°2 En Si Bémol Majeur Op.19 : III Rondo (Molto Allegro) (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire - André Vandernoot

Compact Disc 6

01 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra N°3 In C Minor Op.37 : I Allegro Con Brio (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - André Cluytens - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire 04 Piano Sonata No.16 In B Flat K.570 : I Allegro (Remasterisé En 1995)
02 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra N°3 In C Minor Op.37 : II Largo (Remasterisé En 1995) - By Emil Gilels - André Cluytens - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire 05 Piano Sonata No.16 In B Flat K.570 : II Adagio (Remasterisé En 1995)
03 Concerto For Piano And Orchestra N°3 In C Minor Op.37 : III Rondo : Allegro - Presto (Remasterisé En - By Emil Gilels - André Cluytens - Orch Ste Conc Du Conservatoire 06 Piano Sonata No.16 In B Flat K.570 : III Allegretto (Remasterisé En 1995)

Compact Disc 7

01 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2006 Remastered Version): I. Allegro ma non tanto - By Emil Gilels/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 06 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (2006 Remastered Version): III. Presto - By Emil Gilels/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens
02 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2006 Remastered Version): II. Intermezzo (Adagio) - By Emil Gilels/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 07 Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (2006 Remastered Version), No. 5 in D major: Prelude (Allegrett
03 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2006 Remastered Version): III. Finale (Alla breve) - By Emil Gilels/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 08 Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (2006 Remastered Version), No. 5 in D major: Fugue (Allegretto)
04 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (2006 Remastered Version): I. Andante sostenuto - By Emil Gilels/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 09 Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (2006 Remastered Version), No. 24 in D minor: Prelude (Andante)
05 Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (2006 Remastered Version): II. Allegro scherzando - By Emil Gilels/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 10 Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (2006 Remastered Version), No. 24 in D minor: Fugue (Moderato)

Compact Disc 8

01 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 23: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 04 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 44 (edited Siloti) (1995 Remastered Version): Allegro bri - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel
02 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 23: Andantino semplice - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 05 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 44 (edited Siloti) (1995 Remastered Version): Andante non - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel
03 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 23: Allegro con fuoco - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 06 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 44 (edited Siloti) (1995 Remastered Version): Allegro con - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel

Compact Disc 9

01 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat, Op. 75 (1995 Remastered Version): Allegro brillante - Cadenza - Temp - By Emil Gilels/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 05 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1996 Remastered Version): IV. Finale (Presto)
02 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1996 Remastered Version): I. Grave - Doppio movimento (A 06 Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (1996 Remastered Version), No. 1 in C: Prelude (Moderato)
03 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1996 Remastered Version): II. Scherzo 07 Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (1996 Remastered Version), No. 1 in C: Fugue (Moderato)
04 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1996 Remastered Version): III. Marche funèbre (Lento)