The great Russian pianist Emil Gilels was universally acclaimed for his
breathtaking performances of the most demanding concertos and most
challenging piano pieces of piano literature. But he was also a master of
the miniature form, and his interpretations of the "Songs Without Words"
and other little pieces by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Grieg and others
were nothing short of mesmerizing. A specialist of the German repertoire,
Gilels gave an all German-Austrian program at the 1971 Carinthian Summer
Festival in Austria, where Mozart's Variations were recorded.