Richter - Early Recordings Volume 1

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Richter - Early Recordings Volume 1



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30th March 2009




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Richter - Early Recordings Volume 1


Étude Op. 25 No. 5 in E minor

Recorded in Moscow in 1952


Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 1 in C

Recorded in Moscow, 1952

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

Recorded in Moscow, 1950;

Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2

Recorded in Moscow in 1952


Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 No. 1 'Des Abends'

Recorded in Moscow in 1948

Aufschwung, Op. 12, No. 2

Recorded in Moscow in 1948

Warum, Op. 12, No. 3

Recorded in Moscow in 1948

In der Nacht, Op. 12 No. 5

Recorded in Moscow in 1948

Ende vom Lied , Op. 12 No. 8

Recorded in Moscow in 1948

Humoreske, Op. 20

Recorded in Moscow in 1956



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“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


Sehr lebhaft

Mit einigen Pomp

Zum Beschluss

BBC Music Magazine

June 2009


“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.”

Gramophone Magazine

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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