Sviatoslav Richter

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Sviatoslav Richter


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Sviatoslav Richter


Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Recorded: Parish Church, Aldeburgh Festival, 20 June 1964


Papillons, Op. 2

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 27 January 1963

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Recorded: Blythburgh Church, Aldeburgh Festival, 16 June 1965

English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

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Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2

Papillons, Op. 2

Robert Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92

Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960

I. Molto moderato

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

BBC Music Magazine

May 2007


“If one wanted to demonstrate the greatness, the supremacy of Sviatoslav Richter as interpreter of sublime music, one may hardly do better than to play this performance of Schubert's last piano sonata, in B flat, D960. Hugely leisurely in its first movement, yet always intense, and with the intensity taken even further in the slow movement; then a gossamer Scherzo, and a tumultuous finale in which the left hand's insistent octave G is like a funeral bell, this is 45 minutes in which one of the masterworks by which all others are judged is given a performance which leaves nothing to add.”

Gramophone Magazine

“These 1960 performances are thrilling…Stretching Schubert to the limits: here is Richter at his awesome best.”

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