“Richter is capable of making every other pianist sound like a beginner.” Gramophone
Indisputably one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Sviatoslav Richter mesmerized audiences with his stunning pianism, charismatic stage presence and powerful interpretations of music ranging from Bach to Shostakovich.
In these recordings, the earliest of which were made after he had won joint first prize at the All- Union Piano Competition in Moscow, Richter’s dazzling technique, fluency of execution and seamless legato are already to the fore.
His 1948 recording of the Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, is here reissued for the first time since the original 78rpm issue.
“[Richter’s] work is never less than interesting and the range in which he excels, quite astounding.” Gramophone
Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Ward Marston
Franz Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780
Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 1 in C major
Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899
Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899: No. 2 in E flat major
Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935
Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 2 in A flat major
Fryderyk Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25
12 Etudes, Op. 25: No. 5 in E minor
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 12
No. 1. Des Abends
No. 2. Aufschwung
No. 3. Warum?
No. 5. In der Nacht
No. 8. Ende vom Lied
Robert Schumann: Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20
Einfach: Sehr rasch und leicht
Einfach und zart: Intermezzo
Mit einigen Pomp
“Richter's Schubert may be more muscular than supple, but his Schumann is wonderfully acute, seeming to capture musical truth without sacrificing subjective personality. Superb transfers by Ward Marston.”
Awards Issue 2009
“…this great pianist reminds you that Schumann has always been central to the repertoires of the finest Russian pianists… Rarely in its entire history can the Humoreske have been given with such energy and refinement, such poetry and fantasy.”
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