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Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37


All of Sviatoslav Richter’s concert appearances in Prague, from his 1950 Prague Spring performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, to his 1993 performance of the Grieg concerto, were highlights of Prague’s musical life. Richter, however, enjoyed traveling to small cities, often playing on instruments whose quality would be simply unacceptable for many of today’s musical stars. His concerts were generally completely sold out and offered his listeners an extraordinary musical experience regardless of the venue or quality of the instrument. The ability to surpise his audiences again and again was an inborn part of his personality. Under his fingers, pieces played a hundred times could suddenly take unexpected turns, as evidenced by both of the Beethoven concertos on this album (Concerto No. 1, recorded at Prague Spring on June 2, 1956, and Concerto No. 3, recorded on June 21, 1962) with the Czech Philharmonic and Karel Ancerl. These sensitively remastered recordings show Richter as a musician whose respect for stylistic purity never impeded his fascinating freedom of interpretation and inspiration.

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Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Dagmar Baloghova (piano)


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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 7, 12 & 23 ‘Appassionato’

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos 7, 12 & 23 ‘Appassionato’


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'


Beethoven performed lightly and rapidly, with passion and premeditation, simply peerless – that’s Sviatoslav Richter.

The Russian Masters archive series brings another gem from Sviatoslav Richter’s abundant Prague legacy. The recording of the three Beethoven sonatas was made at the Rudolfinum on 1 November 1959 within a single evening. One year later, Richter included these sonatas in his celebrated debut recitals at Carnegie Hall.

Owing to his legendary aversion to frequently performed works, during his lifetime he would only play fewer than half of Beethoven’s sonatas on a concert stage. However, Richter did not hesitate to resurrect even the scarcely performed works and was able to breathe new life into the early sonatas, such as Op. 10 No. 3 and Op. 26, in which lovely classicist passages mingle with astonishing invention and energy.

Richter’s take on the “Appassionata” is a milestone in the history of interpretational art. He plays the exposed passages at a seemingly hazardously rapid tempo, without keeping anything in reserve. The performance is passionate in a ravishing manner, yet not lacking in premeditation and a sense of structure. Nothing here is just for the sake of effect. Perhaps it would be apt to paraphrase one of Beethoven’s statements: There are many great pianists, but only one Sviatoslav Richter.

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Sviatoslav Richter plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Bach

Sviatoslav Richter plays Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev & Bach


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Talich

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Karel Ancerl

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ancerl


In 1950 Prague was the destination of the first-ever foreign trip of the then 35-year-old Russian genius pianist Sviatoslav Richter. He would subsequently visit the city on several more occasions. The recordings on this CD were made at the Rudolfinum within two weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June 1954. Richter is accompanied by the two finest Czech orchestras, conducted by two true legends – Václav Talich (nearing the end of his career) and Karel Ancerl (at the beginning of his tenure in the post of principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra).

Within such a short time, Richter had mastered Tchaikovsky’s impassioned concerto in B minor, Prokofiev’s purely Neoclassical concerto in D flat major, as well as Bach’s paramount Baroque and timeless first piano concerto. The fact that the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev found an ideal interpreter in perhaps the greatest legend among 20th-century pianists appears entirely logical. Yet the superb and sensitive performance of Bach’s piano (originally harpsichord) concerto serves to complete the picture of Richter’s genius and versatility. These qualities are showcased in our new, sensitively re-mastered version of the legendary recordings.

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Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin & Shostakovich

Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin & Shostakovich


Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 1 in C major

Étude Op. 10 No. 2 in A minor 'chromatique'

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Étude Op. 10 No. 4 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Etude Op. 10 No. 11 in E flat major

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 6 in G sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Étude Op. 25 No. 8 in D flat major

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Étude Op. 25 No. 12 in C minor

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 3 in G major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 6 in B minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 2 in A minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 18 in F minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 4 in E minor


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Schumann: Piano Pieces

Schumann: Piano Pieces


Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (selection)


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Talich Special Edition 14

Talich Special Edition 14


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Handel:

Oboe Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 287


Sviatoslav Richter (piano) & František Hanták (oboe)

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Slovak Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Václav Talich

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