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Extraordinary 1941 video of the first two Soviet prizewinners

June 24, 2017 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


Emil Gilels and Yakov Flier playing Isaac Albeniz’s Navarra in an arrangement for two pianos. The pair had been the first Soviet pianists to win international piano competitions – Vienna 1936 (second and first) and Queen Elisabeth competition in 1938 (first and third).


Comments (3)

  1. Ungeheuer says:

    Their virtuosity is unquestionable, not to say phenomenal.

  2. Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Norman, thanks so much for bringing this to us!!

  3. clarrieu says:

    Seems though like overdubbed pictures on a pre-existing recording, doesn’t it? Doesn’t make the document less worthy …


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