The Finn edge of Emil Gilels

The Finn edge of Emil Gilels

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

November 27, 2021

A wondrously rare Sibelius track, played by a Russian genius, discovered on Youtube.


  • Stephen Harding says:


  • Novagerio says:

    An encore after having performed the Grieg with Paavo Berglund. It’s also on the Tube.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    You need a singing tone like Gilels’ to put this piece across. It is one of the great oddities about Sibelius that even as his symphonies became ever more densely argued and concentrated and even disconcerting , he continued to write these brief miniatures for piano, and violin with piano, works which seem to preserve in aspic his earliest style and manner.

  • E says:

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Frank Flambeau says:

    Possibly the greatest pianist of all time. I have heard nothing of his I did not like.