Emil Gilels

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

£349

Collection of five previously unreleased recitals, issued for the first time as a box set of 7 180g vinyl. Includes an original photograph of E. Gilels. Original numbered pressing limited to 100 copies. Complimentary digital file download.

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Collection of five previously unreleased recitals, issued for the first time as a box set of 7 180g vinyl. Original numbered pressing limited to 899 copies. Complimentary digital file download.

In stock - Delivery in: 5 days

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Tracklist

1. Beethoven - Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90_ I - 8'30''
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Emil Gilels Tracklist

Every now and then, piano works are performed with such depth, sincerity and skill that they leave an indelible mark on those listening. There’s absolutely no doubt that the recitals Emil Gilels gave at the Concertgebouw fall into this category. We’re immensely honored to have brought them back to life in close collaboration with his grandson, Kirill Gilels. This collection is an enduring tribute to the mastery of a classical giant who left us in 1985.

Emil Gilels is among the most celebrated pianists of the 20th century. His phenomenal career really started to take flight in 1938, when he won the Eugène Ysaÿe competition in Brussels (now known as the Queen Elisabeth Competition). Shortly afterwards, the Concertgebouw welcomed him for the very first time. This would be the start of a longstanding relationship with some of the greatest conductors of the day, including Mravinsky, Maazel, Jochum, Bernstein, Böhm and Karajan.

Rich and pure, profound and fluid, Gilel’s unmistakable sound serves a musicality that is both immaculate and self-evident. Every single detail is simple, profoundly sculpted and extremely eloquent. From Mozart to Prokofiev, Beethoven to Chopin and Bach to Brahms, he excels at his art.

He always made sure to present the best of the piano repertoire to the sophisticated audiences at the Concertgebouw.

Kirill Gilels

Though Maestro Gilels was invited to perform on the world’s most prestigious stages for almost half a decade, he held a special fondness for the Netherlands. As Kirill Gilels remembers: “The unique bond he felt with Amsterdam was warmly reciprocated. Every time he played, the public welcomed him with open arms; each performance was a resounding success. He always made sure to present the best of the piano repertoire to the sophisticated audiences at the Concertgebouw.”

This box set offers rare insight into the talent of an incomparable artist through a rich and varied repertoire. Restored and remastered with remarkable skill, these recordings are a testament to the immense beauty of his tone and style, captured within the exceptional acoustics of the Concertgebouw.

Released here for the very first time, these five recitals are brought together over a 7-disc vinyl set as a limited numbered edition of only 999 copies available.

Box set contents

  • Double album

  • Download card for access to digital files in .mp3 and .aiff 16bits formats.
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Specifications

Copies
Original pressing limited to 900 copies. Each album has been hand numbered on the front and back of the gatefold.
Vinyl weight
180g
Vinyl size
12-inch
Gatefold
Soft touch
Credit
Recorded at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 18.II.1961 MONO P 1961 VARA Remastered © & P 2017 FONDAMENTA
Awards
Jazz News Indispensable, Choc de Classica, 4 étoiles Jazz Magazine

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