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BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No.4
Emil Gilels/Hallé Orchestra/
Sir John Barbirolli
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, USHER HALL, EDINBURGH
13 SEPTEMBER 1966
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TCHAIKOVSKY
Piano Concerto No.2 (Siloti version)
Emil Gilels/London Philharmonic
Orchestra/Kirill Kondrashin
BBC MAIDA VALE STUDIOS, LONDON
23 FEBRUARY 1959

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These rare live broadcast recordings make their first appearance on CD. The Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 from the 1966 Edinburgh Festival together with the distinguished accompaniment of Sir John Barbirolli produce a performance of great poetry, imagination and power. The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 in the abridged version by Siloti from 1959 brings out Gilels' incredible technique and virtuosity (the New York Times dubbed him 'the little giant') with Kirill Kondrashin transforming the London Philharmonic into an authentic Russian sounding orchestra. ICA's Ambient Mastering recreates the atmosphere of both concerts perfectly.

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

 

Piano Concerto No.4 in G major op.58*

Cadenzas: Beethoven

1 I           Allegro moderato                                                           18.37

2 II          Andante con moto                                                         6.18

3 III         Rondo: Vivace                                                                  10.20

 

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893

 

Piano Concerto No.2 in G major op.44º

4 I           Allegro brillante                                                                               20.28

5 II          Andante non troppo                                                     8.08

6 III         Allegro con fuoco                                                            7.35

 

EMIL GILELS piano

Hallé Orchestra*

Sir John Barbirolli*

London Philharmonic Orchestraº

Kirill Kondrashinº

 

Recorded: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, 23 February 1959 (Tchaikovsky)

& Edinburgh Festival, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13 September 1966 (Beethoven)

Beethoven- Piano Concerto No.4 3rd Mov

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“The disc enshrines two performances of subtlety and power… I’m very glad, and fortunate, to have heard it.”

MusicWeb International

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “The Tchaikovsky Second Piano Concerto is given an extraordinary performance: Gilels is on commanding form, and the partnership with the LPO under Kirill Kondrashin produces fiery results...Gilels's pianism is engrossing and he is matched by Kondrashin's conducting.”

    International Record Review

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      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “[Gilels] was never a pianist to flaunt any degree of flamboyance, but the quality that comes through in this performance is the focus and seriousness of his interpretation, his chamber music-like relationship with the orchestra, the gleaming tone that he could elicit from the keyboard, and the range of emotion that he could describe, while always keeping the music in perspective.”

      Daily Telegraph - Classical CD of the Week

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