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Piano Concerto No 3 / Piano Concerto No 2 / Prelud [Original recording remastered]

Rachmaninoff , Saint-Saens , Gilels , Cluytens Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2006 - Remaster): I. Allegro ma non tantoEmil Gilels/André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire15:07Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2006 - Remaster): II. Intermezzo (Adagio)Emil Gilels/André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire10:02Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2006 - Remaster): III. Finale (Alla breve)Emil Gilels/André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire13:16Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (2006 Digital Remaster): I. Andante sostenutoEmil Gilels/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire/André Cluytens11:16Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (2006 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro scherzandoEmil Gilels/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 (2006 Digital Remaster): III. PrestoEmil Gilels/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 6:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 24 Preludes & Fugues Op. 87 (2003 - Remaster): No. 5 in D (Allegretto)Emil Gilels 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Twenty-Four Preludes & Fugues, Op.87 (2003 Digital Remaster): No.24 in D minor (Andante - Moderato)Dmitri Shostakovich11:08Album Only


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Saint-Saens 2nd by Gilels 8 July 2010
By D. Parrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to chime in with others that, though the recorded sound here is a bit dated, Gilels really displays incredible pianism. This is far and away the best recording of the Saint-Saens 2nd Concerto I have heard due to the incredible fireworks and compelling way in which it is played by Gilels. There are many beautiful renditions of this concerto but this interpretation definitely favors the weighty heroic aspects of the music. Gilels' unbelievable breakneck speed and accuracy combined with his legendary touch make this a truly amazing recording. This is somewhat akin to Michelangeli's stunning Grieg Piano Concerto performance with Burgos in 1965 in that it redefined that concerto's possibilities for me. By the way, listen for Gilels coming in too early and then correcting himself at 3:38 in the 3rd movement. Was it a short lapse of memory or was the adrenaline flowing? Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! BUT . . . 29 Dec 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
The earlier reviewers who gave this three stars and fewer have a point -- the sound is pretty atrocious for a recording made in the mid-1950's. I've been listening to some of the RCA Graffman box, and there's a Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto of the same vintage as this, and the sound is much, much better. Poor Andre Cluytens! They could have put Joe Blow up there with the orchestra and who would have known? And Gilels himself . . .he recorded into the digital era, and he had a lovely sound, but you couldn't tell that from this recording. So why the four stars? Well, the piano can clearly be heard, and the amazing facility and virtuosity of the man comes through. And even though the sound is bleached out, as it were, you can can tell when he's playing loudly and you can tell that there's no distortion coming from him. The phrasing in the gentler sections of the Rachmaninov is quite lovely, and the fast passagework is simply brilliant. And in the Saint-Saens, if anything he's even more amazing. There are a couple of fillers -- a short charming Prelude and Fugue by Shostakovich, followed by a more austere and eloquent longer one (nos. 5 and 24 respectively). It's a bit like watching in black-and-white rather than full color, but my goodness . . .! Audiophiles should steer clear; piano lovers needn't hesitate . . . though you probably have this CD already in your collections.
8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gilels Rach 3 21 Dec 2007
By Drake Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gilels performance is a fantastic...emotional, human (the wrong notes are not edited out as many studio performances, but add to the drama making it more like a "live" recording). Minus is a "crystal radio" sound that bothers me throughout. Sounds almost like a low-bit MP3 download. I know its a 1955 recording but I still expected a little better quality on the sound.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A doubtfull affair from the fifties (Mono) 30 Mar 2012
By Judy Spotheim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Potential buyers of this CD should be aware that it is an historic recording in the sense that both works here are MONO recording from the Fifties.

A. Cluytens conducting/reading - specially so with the Rachmaninoff concerto No.3 does not catch fire and Gilels can't exert enough muster to make Cluytens pull his feet out of the mud.
For a much-much better collaboration between conductor and pianist, historic recording as well, just to make sure we are on the same page, one should turn to the Horowitz/Reiner 'affair de coeur'...
As for the Saint-Saens P/C - - - well... ...

This EMI Mono would not be to the liking of many.
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