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Classic Emil Gilels Recordings on Naxos

January 13, 2009

During the 1950s when I started collecting recordings, it was an expensive hobby, and choice was limited to mainstream repertoire with, typically, a realistic choice of around four competitive recordings. This evening I listened to Emil Gilels playing short pieces on a new Naxos CD [Emil Gilels Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1935-1951) 8.111350]. Wonderful playing, of course.  But what was even more remarkable was the transfers (Ward Marston) of these 1935-50 Russian recordings. The Soviet Union may have produced more top-class violinists and pianists than the whole of the Western world put together; but it was not noted for its state-of-the-art recording technology (unlike the Germans during the same period). But this Naxos CD really is top-class, with truly excellent transfers at a truly excellent price. Where would we be without Klaus Heymann? And why was he not churning out desirable recordings in the 1950s when I was impoverished? Nowadays, I lose count of the number of Naxos CDs I have in my collection (and the number grows every month).

-  Harry Collier Saturday, Musicke & Food blogspot, 10 January 2009

More information about Emil Gilels Early Recordings, Vol. 1 (1935-1951) 8.111350

Emil Gilels Biography & Discography


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