“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
“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.” BBC Music Magazine, June 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.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009