Israela Margalit
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“Editor’s Choice.”
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Israela Margalit has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and as piano soloist and chamber music collaborator for EMI, Decca, Chandos, Universal UCJ, Telarc, Koch International, and Black Box, including the celebrated 20th Century Anglo-American Chamber Music Series, produced by Chris Craker, and the Brahms Piano Concerto No 1. Her critically acclaimed recordings were selected as Editor’s Choice at Gramophone, and won Best CD at the British Music Industry Awards. They include:

EMI

The 20th Century Anglo-American Chamber Music Series
Best CD, the British Music Industry Award (Korngold)

Korngold
Ives
Copland
Barber

With the soloists of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Glenn Dicterow, Charles Rex, Alan Stepansky, Rebecca Young, Jeanne Baxtresser, Joseph Robinson, Stanley Drucker, Judith Le Clair, Philip Myers

Walton
Elgar
Delius

With the soloists of the London Symphony Orchestra Alexander Barantschik, Janice Graham, Paul Silverthorne, Moray Welsh. With John Alley. Tom Kerstens 

“Editor’s Choice. A tremendously fine performance. It’s an absolute must.”
(Korngold)
Gramophone

“A real winner. She shines throughout. Her rendition is simply stunning.”
(Copland)
The Jerusalem Post

“A great artistic success. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
(Copland)
Gramophone

“All the performances here from an all-star cast, are polished and idiomatic. Boisterous in the big Piano Trio and atmospheric elsewhere.
(Ives)
Gramophone

“Another splendid addition. With Israela Margalit injecting fire.”
(Walton)
Gramophone

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Chandos
Brahms, Piano Concerto No.1
Mendellsohn, Capriccio Brilliant
With the London Symphony Orchestra.
Bryden Thomson, conductor

“Margalit was perhaps an unexpected choice as soloist in this mighty work, but she fully justifies Chandos’s faith in her with a performance which holds its head high, even in such formidable company as that listed above. (?) Margalit’s conception and execution are highly distinguished. She draws a most beautiful and varied tone-quality from her instrument, and there is a particular flexibility of color in her clear, elegant technique, and a sensitivity in her use of phrase which enables her to illumine Brahms’s musical argument in a very alive, immediate fashion.”
Gramophone 

“She belongs at the very top of the list of performers. Her playing is sensitive, totally sumptuous, brilliant, vital, commanding, and above all crystal clear.”
American Record Guide 

Schumann, Piano Concerto in A Minor
Saint-Seans, Piano Concerto No. 2
With the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bryden Thomson, conductor

“She excels with her broad lines, elegance, brilliance, fire, and refined variety of sound production. As good as Arthur Rubinstein.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine

“A full-blooded romantic. With devil-may-care virtuosity.”
Gramophone UK

Beethoven, Piano Sonatas
“Margalit captures (Beethoven’s) urgency with effortless fluency and stylishly crystalline touch.
Gramophone UK

Liszt, Piano Pieces
“She performed with wild virtuosity as well as the strongest poetic sense. Her tone production is full of fantasy and variations. Her playing is reflective and full of character.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine

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Universal UCJ
Brahms, the complete Hungarian Dances in four hands with
Ilann Margalit Maazel

Romantic Piano Pieces
“A recording that offers much pleasure. Highly enjoyable.”
scotsman.com

*

Koch Classics

Schnittke, Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
With the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Michail Mordukhovich Khanin, Trumpet. Donald Mara, conductor

“She has that glassy, bright sound I associate with Horowitz and Ashkenazy.”
American Record Guide

Grieg, Lyrical Pieces.
“Played with optimum idiomatic identification and warmth of tone by Israela Margalit, who is able to zero in on the particular world of sound and emotion demanded by each of these delectable baubles.
The Los Angeles Times

*

Black Box
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2
With the London Symphony Orchestra.
Barry Wordsworth, conductor 

One plays like this in one’s dreams.”
London Evening Standard

*

Telarc
Chausson, Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet
With Lorin Maazel and the soloists of the Cleveland Orchestra Daniel Majeske, Bernhard Goldschmidt,
Robert Vernon, Stephen Gelber

“A jewel release. We haven’t had a performance of this quality in years.
A superb pianist.”
San Francisco Sunday Examiner

*

Resonance
Mozart, Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments, Clarinet Quintet with Stanley Drucker
With wind soloists of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Essex Quartet

“The combination of exceptional music and outstanding musicianship made this an essential collection of Mozart chamber music.”
Arkivmusic.com

*

Quartz

Chopin, the complete Nocturne
“This is Chopin playing that one could wholeheartedly recommend.”
Gramophone UK

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Decca
Prokofieff, Piano Concerto No. 3
With the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
Lorin Maazel, conductor

Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1
With the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
Lorin Maazel, conductor

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French Guilde de Disques
Moussorgsky, Pictures of an Exhibition

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