Sviatoslav Richter

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Sviatoslav Richter


Gramophone Awards 2010

Finalist - Historic Archive

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26th Oct 2009




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Sviatoslav Richter

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 7 December 1970


Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71


Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83


Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958


Masques (3), Op. 34

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A much sought-after and rare recital of the great Sviatoslav Richter featuring unusual repertoire - Szymanowski and Bartok.

Richter gave the premiere of the Prokofiev Sonata No.7 'Stalingrad' in 1943. It is a tour de force and shows off Richter's incomparable technique and power. Richter also gave premieres of Prokofiev's Sonata No.6 and No.9 and remained a close friend of the composer during his lifetime.

Richter was perhaps the first great pianist to promote the Schubert sonatas and recorded all of them including the incomplete ones (with the curious omission of the A major D959). He was also credited with raising their profile to that accorded to Beethoven and Mozart.

Recorded at a packed Royal Festival Hall In 1970 when Richter was at the height of his powers and fame.

BBC Legends has the largest catalogue of Richter broadcasts which have all sold exceptionally well.

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Menuetto: Allegro

IV. Allegro

Bela Bartok: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79

15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79

Karol Szymanowski: Maski (Masks), Op. 34

No. 1. Szecherezada (Scheherezade)

No. 2. Blazen Tantris (Tantris the Clown)

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino

II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato

III. Precipitato

Gramophone Magazine

March 2010

“Here is one of those legendary concerts that will have pianophiles slavering at the mouth: a great artist at the height of his powers in a programme that has, as far as I know, not been available before… In the Prokofiev, premiered by Richter himself in 1943, all the anger and despair of the composer is realised with playing of an uninhibited, raw emotion that has rarely been so vividly caught on disc.”

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