Emil Gilels

The Unreleased Recitals at The Concertgebouw 1975 - 1976 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980

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Label: Fondamenta
UPC: 0190758348827
Catnr: FON 1803032
Release date: 04 May 2018
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Release date
04 May 2018

"They threatened to escape the music memory, the recordings made by the Russian master pianist Emil Gilels in the Amsterdam concert hall: the Concertgebouw. His game is intelligent, enthusiastic and compelling, and this grandeur is thundering like a thunderbolt in clear skies."

De Volkskrant, 20-12-2018
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« In June 2017, I was due to perform in Moscow when I met Kirill Gilels, the grandson of the famous pianist Emil Gilels. He listened to what our Phoenix Mastering restoration process, based partly on Devialet technologies, can achieve, and made the decision to entrust us with the results of several years of research: he gave us a list of dates and places of the previously unreleased recordings of his grandfather.

In Berlin, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, we came across a treasure trove, stunning in terms of both the quality and consistency of Emil Gilels’s playing. We were fully aware that he was one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.

It was in Amsterdam where at last, thanks to the unstinting efforts of Piet Tullenaar, we succeeded in extracting five recordings of performances Gilels had given between 1975 and 1980 at the Concertgebouw – recordings that had fallen into oblivion.

We were allotted a studio where we listened to the tapes one by one. Sitting there were Piet Tullenaar, Michel Navarra and myself. We did not utter a word, so overcome were we by the beauty of what we heard. (F. D’Oria-Nicolas) »

=Here is, in a few words, the feverish atmosphere that surrounded the genesis of this totally new box set dedicated to Emil Gilels (1916 - 1985). Considered one of the most important pianists of the twentieth century, he was a pupil of H. Neuhaus. He wins the current Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and takes on an international stature. In 1955, he was the first artist to be welcomed in the United States since the war : if the public, somewhat circumspect of Carnegie Hall, in New York, accompanies his entry on stage of a troubled silence, it is under a thunder of uninterrupted applause that he will refuse to leave the stage!

His record work is important (more than 55 ref are still available), so finding unreleased recordings is an event.

Gilels was particularly fond of Holland, and gave the best in these recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. It is in his favorite repertoire - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev, Schumann, etc - that we find this legendary pianist, in this box of recordings from 1975 to 1980.

Emil Gilels was een van de grootste pianisten van de 20e eeuw. Een aantal van zijn uitvoeringen werd gevonden in 2017, van verrassend goede kwaliteit. Deze opnames zijn nu samengebracht op één album.

In juni 2017 ontmoette Frederic D'Oria-Nicolas de kleinzoon van Emil Gilels, Kirill Gilels. Na het horen van de mogelijkheden van een restauratieproces voor muziek, besloot Kirill een lijst van data en plaatsen van nog niet uitgebrachte opnames van concerten van zijn grootvader te delen. D’Oria-Nicolas zocht vervolgens in Berlijn, Moskou en Sint Petersburg en vond daar een schatkist aan opnames die kwaliteit van zowel uitvoering als opname uitblonken. In Amsterdam stuitte hij, met hulp van Piet Tullenaar, uiteindelijk op vijf opnames die volledig overgenomen en gerestaureerd konden worden. Dit waren vergeten opnames van concerten die tussen 1975 en 1980 in het Concertgebouw waren uitgevoerd.

Deze opnames zijn verzameld in deze nieuwe 5 CD-box. De Oekraïense pianist hield veel van Nederland, en zette dan ook zijn beste beentje voor tijdens deze uitvoeringen in het Concertgebouw. Hij voert zijn favoriete repertoire uit: Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev, Schumann en nog vele anderen, op deze opnames.

Im Juni 2017 sollte ich in Moskau auftreten, als ich Kirill Gilels - den Enkel des berühmten Pianisten Emil Gilels - kennenlernte. Er hörte sich an, was unser Phoenix Mastering Restaurationsprozess leisten kann und traf die Entscheidung, uns die Ergebnisse mehrjähriger Forschungsarbeiten anzuvertrauen: Er gab uns eine Liste mit Daten und Orten der bisher unveröffentlichten Aufnahmen seines Großvaters.
In Berlin, Moskau und Sankt Petersburg stießen wir auf eine Fundgrube, die sowohl hinsichtlich der Qualität als auch der Beständigkeit von Emil Gilels' Spiel beeindruckt. Wir wussten, dass er einer der größten Musiker des 20. Jahrhunderts war.
Es war Amsterdam, wo es uns dank der unermüdlichen Bemühungen von Piet Tullenaar endlich gelungen ist, fünf Aufnahmen von Aufführungen zu extrahieren, die Gilels zwischen 1975 und 1980 im Concertgebouw gegeben hatte - Aufnahmen, die in Vergessenheit geraten waren.
Uns wurde ein Studio zugeteilt, in dem wir uns die Bänder nacheinander anhörten. Dort saßen Piet Tullenaar, Michel Navarra und ich. Wir haben kein Wort gesagt, wir waren von der Schönheit des Gehörten überwältigt. (F. D'Oria-Nikolaus) "
Hier nun, in wenigen Worten die Entstehungsgeschichte dieser völlig neuen Box, die Emil Gilels (1916 - 1985) gewidmet ist. Er galt als einer der bedeutendsten Pianisten des 20. Jahrhunderts und war Schüler von H. Neuhaus. Er gewinnt den aktuellen Königin-Elisabeth-Wettbewerb in Brüssel und erlangt internationales Ansehen. 1955 war er der erste Künstler, der seit dem Krieg in den Vereinigten Staaten willkommen geheißen wurde. Seine Plattenarbeit ist wichtig (mehr als 55 Referenzen sind noch verfügbar), so dass es ein Ereignis ist, unveröffentlichte Aufnahmen zu finden.
Gilels war besonders angetan von Holland und gab bei diesen Konzerten im Concertgebouw das Beste. In seinem Lieblingsrepertoire - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev, Schumann, etc. - finden wir diesen legendären Pianisten in dieser Box mit Aufnahmen von 1975 bis 1980.

Artist(s)

Emil Gilels was born on October 19, 1916 in Odessa. His parents were not musicians, but their modest flat in the poor area of the well-known Moldavanka neighbourhood housed a piano. Times were difficult, yet particular attention was given to musically gifted children. At the early age of two, Emil tried out the keys of the instrument at home, listening carefully to the sounds it produced.

It soon became obvious that the boy had perfect pitch; it extended to notes that were not necessarily made by instruments. When he was five years old, he was taken to Yakov Tkach, a famous piano teacher in Odessa.

The young boy completed the first stage of his studies with exceptional facility. There was no need to position his hands, so naturally did they move over the keyboard. His extraordinary ear and memory enabled him to absorb all the rudiments of music and of its grammar with great speed, and after only a few months he was playing sonatinas by Clementi and Mozart. By the age of eleven, he had mastered etudes by Chopin and Liszt. He was also strongly drawn to the theatre, began composing a little and loved to imagine himself as a conductor.

Press

They threatened to escape the music memory, the recordings made by the Russian master pianist Emil Gilels in the Amsterdam concert hall: the Concertgebouw. His game is intelligent, enthusiastic and compelling, and this grandeur is thundering like a thunderbolt in clear skies.
De Volkskrant, 20-12-2018

Recently discovered recordings of five Amsterdam recitals by the phenomenal master pianist Emil Gilels - diverse repertoire 5 CDs long superior, intelligent and colorful.
NRC Handelsblad, 22-11-2018

Most stunned and enchanting to this day is Gilels' somnambulistic stylistic sense and dramatic power in Mozart.
Crescendo, 05-10-2018

Gilels at his best!
Fono Forum, 03-9-2018

...One can only be pleased that these live recordings are now available. Because with these interpretations you have not only grandiose Gilels playing in front of you, but reference recordings of several works, which many should listen to.
Piano News, 01-9-2018

Cum Laude...  Unforgettable recordings from an exceptional pianist.
Luister, 20-7-2018

Listen to his Beethoven interpretations (one of his hearths): technically flawless, lively, a playtime that reveals great insight into the notes, and when a melodious melody passes by is refined, colorful, and extremely sensitive.
Luister, 20-7-2018

A condensate of his pianistic world view.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11-6-2018

Five CDs, you can enjoy the breathtaking playing of Emil Gilels.
Mania, 08-6-2018

An epochal set, because you won't meet the ripe one, later Gilels nowhere more lively, almost casually than here.
RBB-Kulturradio, 04-6-2018

Gilels in optima forma, never making a mistake, playing compellingly, with noble perfection and great overview.
Trouw, 25-5-2018

Stunning good recordings of Emil Gilels (1916-1985) in the Concertgebouw (*****)
De Volkskrant, 24-5-2018

While listening to these recordings that belong to the best I know of Gilels, I regret that I have never heard him in person.
Opus Klassiek, 30-4-2018

Fireworks in which his pearling game sounds like something from the past. Who else can do this?
Het Parool, 27-4-2018

The golden tone of this profundity resounds during live recordings of the five recitals that "the little giant" played in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw between 1975 and 1980.
NRC, 25-4-2018

These recordings tell the fascinating story of an incredibly honest interpreter who could move mountains if he exceeded his self-imposed boundaries.
De Nieuwe Muze, 04-4-2018

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Disc #1
01.
Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op.79: I. Presto alla tedesca
05:02
02.
Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op.79: II. Andante
03:29
03.
Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op.79: III. Vivace
02:05
04.
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major 'Les Adieux', Op. 81a: I. Das Lebewohl (Adagio - Allegro)
06:59
05.
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major 'Les Adieux', Op. 81a: II. Abwesenheit (Andante espressivo)
03:29
06.
Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major 'Les Adieux', Op. 81a: III. Das Wiedersehen (Vivacissimamente)
05:55
07.
Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
05:32
08.
Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
08:31
09.
Ballades Op. 10: Ballade No. 1 in D Minor
04:21
10.
Ballades Op. 10: Ballade No. 2 in D Major, Op. 10
06:57
11.
Ballades Op. 10: Ballade No. 3 in B Minor 'Intermezzo', Op. 10
04:05
12.
Ballades Op. 10: Ballade No. 4 in B Major, Op. 10
08:00
13.
Arabesque, Op. 18
06:54
14.
Prélude, Op. 12, No. 7
02:20

Disc #2
01.
Fantasies, Op. 116: I. Capriccio in D Minor: Presto energico
02:32
02.
Fantasies, Op. 116: II. Intermezzo in A Minor: Andante
03:47
03.
Fantasies, Op. 116: III. Capriccio in G Minor: Allegro passionato
03:12
04.
Fantasies, Op. 116: IV. Intermezzo in E Major: Adagio
04:20
05.
Fantasies, Op. 116: V. Intermezzo in E Minor: Andante con grazia ed intimisso sentimento
02:03
06.
Fantasies, Op. 116: VI. Intermezzo in E Major: Andantino teneramente
02:58
07.
Fantasies, Op. 116: VII. Capriccio in D Minor: Allegro agitato
02:54
08.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 1, Lentamente
01:22
09.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 3, Allegretto
00:54
10.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 5, Molto giocoso
00:26
11.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 7, Pittoresco
01:17
12.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 8, Commodo
01:20
13.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 10, Ridicolosamente
00:57
14.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 11, Con vivacità
01:08
15.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 17, Poetico
01:21
16.
Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28
07:56
17.
Sonata in B Minor, S.178
28:26
18.
Arabesque, Op. 18
06:54
19.
March from 'The Love for Three Oranges', Op. 33
01:51

Disc #3
01.
Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: I. Andante con variazioni
08:47
02.
Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
02:45
03.
Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 : III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d?un Eroe: Maestoso andante
06:11
04.
Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26: IV. Allegro
02:43
05.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 1, Lentamente
01:10
06.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 3, Allegretto
00:56
07.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 5, Molto giocoso
00:30
08.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 7, Pittoresco
01:26
09.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 8, Commodo
01:55
10.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 10, Ridicolosamente
00:56
11.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 11, Con vivacità
01:09
12.
Visions Fugitives, Op. 22 (extracts): No. 17, Poetico
01:29
13.
Prélude, Op. 12, No. 7
02:21
14.
Polonaise in C Minor, Op. 40, No. 2
06:43
15.
Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: I. Allegro maestoso
10:53
16.
Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
02:39
17.
Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: III. Largo
09:11
18.
Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58: IV. Finale: Presto ma non tanto
05:39
19.
Nouvelle Étude in A-flat Major, No. 2
02:21
20.
Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53 'Heroic'
07:00

Disc #4
01.
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494: I. Allegro
09:50
02.
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494: II. Andante
10:57
03.
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494: III. Rondo: Allegretto
07:01
04.
Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397
06:39
05.
Variations on 'Salve tu Domine' from 'I filosofi immaginari' by Paisiello, K. 398
07:47
06.
Étude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 8, No. 2
02:10
07.
Étude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
03:16
08.
5 Préludes, Op. 74: Prélude, Op. 74, No. 1 (Douloureux, déchirant)
01:07
09.
5 Préludes, Op. 74: Prélude, Op. 74, No. 2 (Très lent, contemplatif)
01:27
10.
5 Préludes, Op. 74: Prélude, Op. 74, No. 3 (Allegro dramatico)
01:07
11.
5 Préludes, Op. 74: Prélude, Op. 74, No. 4 (Lent, vague, indécis)
01:12
12.
5 Préludes, Op. 74: Prélude, Op. 74, No. 5 (Fier, belliqueux)
01:39
13.
Pavane pour une infante défunte
06:55
14.
Jeux d'eau
05:34
15.
Alborada del gracioso from 'Miroirs'
07:15
16.
Prelude in B Minor, BWV 855a
03:34

Disc #5
01.
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: I. Presto
07:14
02.
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: II. Largo e mesto
10:02
03.
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: III. Menuetto: Allegro
03:04
04.
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3: IV. Rondo: Allegro
04:16
05.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Introduzione col basso del tema: Allegretto vivace
02:54
06.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Tema
00:41
07.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 1
00:35
08.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 2
00:50
09.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 3
00:38
10.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 4
00:33
11.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 5
00:51
12.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 6
00:31
13.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 7 Canone all?ottava
00:38
14.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 8
00:53
15.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 9
00:38
16.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 10
00:39
17.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 11
00:49
18.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 12
00:41
19.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 13
00:43
20.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 14 Minore
01:32
21.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Variation No. 15 Maggiore. Largo
03:13
22.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Coda
01:07
23.
Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major 'Eroica', Op. 35: Finale: Alla fuga
04:51
24.
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor 'Pathétique', Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
06:54
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