Pianist of the Century - Complete Solo & Concerto Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dedicated fans of Sviatoslav Richter may already have the performances contained on these nine discs, but any listener unacquainted with the Russian pianist's work could not do better than to start here. Recorded between 1956 and 1962 and released on Deutsche Grammophon between 1957 and 1965, these performances were most Western listeners' first introduction to Richter. The range of repertoire is enormous: from Bach to Prokofiev, with stops along the way for Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and especially Schumann. The range of emotions is equally vast: heroic and lyric, tender and passionate, sensual and cerebral, subtle and virtuosic. The most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dedicated fans of Sviatoslav Richter may already have the performances contained on these nine discs, but any listener unacquainted with the Russian pianist's work could not do better than to start here. Recorded between 1956 and 1962 and released on Deutsche Grammophon between 1957 and 1965, these performances were most Western listeners' first introduction to Richter. The range of repertoire is enormous: from Bach to Prokofiev, with stops along the way for Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and especially Schumann. The range of emotions is equally vast: heroic and lyric, tender and passionate, sensual and cerebral, subtle and virtuosic. The most impressive aspect of Richter's performances, though, is neither the range nor the repertoire, but Richter himself. With his golden tone, coruscating technique, and inspired interpretations, Richter is not only faithful to the spirit of the music, but fulfills it through the medium of his supple, sensitive, and supremely poetic artistic personality. Richter's virtuosity is on display in his blistering account of Schumann's "Toccata," his poetry in his lyrical reading of Chopin's "Polonaise-Fantaisie," and his warm romanticism in his triumphant interpretation of Rachmaninov's "Second Piano Concerto." Though the recordings are antique -- most are monaural and the rest are stereo -- Deutsche Grammophon's remastering makes them as acceptable as possible to listeners raised on digital sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947781226
  • Catalog Number: 001296502
  • Sales rank: 38,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 March for piano in G minor (Sehr kräftig), Op. 76/2 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (3:32)
  2. 2–10 Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (20:24)
  3. 11–16 Fantasiestücke (8 Fantasy Pieces), for piano, Op. 12 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (21:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Nikolaus Boddin (33:18)
  2. 4–8 Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55 - Sergey Prokofiev & Nikolaus Boddin (22:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Nikolaus Boddin (34:45)
  2. 4–5 Preludes (13) for piano, Op. 32 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Nikolaus Boddin (4:25)
  3. 6–9 Preludes (10) for piano, Op. 23 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Nikolaus Boddin (13:52)
Disc 4
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (30:05)
  2. 2 Introduction and Allegro appassionato, for piano & orchestra in G major, Op. 92 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (15:48)
  3. 3 Novellette for piano in F major, Op. 21/1 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (5:19)
  4. 4 Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 7 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (6:35)
Disc 5
  1. 1–2 Keyboard Sonata in G minor, H. 16/44 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Nikolaus Boddin (13:49)
  2. 2 Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikolaus Boddin (7:17)
  3. 4–6 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117 - Claude Debussy & Nikolaus Boddin (9:01)
  4. 7–9 Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major ("War Sonata 3"), Op. 84 - Sergey Prokofiev & Nikolaus Boddin (29:50)
Disc 6
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vienna Symphony Orchestra (36:10)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Rondo for piano & orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Carl Czerny (9:25)
  2. 2–4 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Vienna Symphony Orchestra (36:01)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikolaus Boddin (12:18)
  2. 2 Etude for piano No. 1 in C major, Op. 10/1, CT. 14 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikolaus Boddin (2:02)
  3. 3 Etude for piano No. 12 in C minor ("Revolutionary"), Op. 10/12, CT. 25 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikolaus Boddin (2:30)
  4. 4 Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5 - Frédéric Chopin & Nikolaus Boddin (11:15)
  5. 5–7 Estampes, for piano, L. 100 - Claude Debussy & Nikolaus Boddin (14:53)
  6. 6 Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53 - Alexander Scriabin & Nikolaus Boddin (10:47)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nikolaus Boddin (4:40)
  2. 2 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 4 in C sharp minor (WTC I/4), BWV 849 (BC L83) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nikolaus Boddin (8:51)
  3. 3 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 5 in D major (WTC I/5), BWV 850 (BC L84) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nikolaus Boddin (2:49)
  4. 4 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 6 in D minor (WTC I/6), BWV 851 (BC L85) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nikolaus Boddin (3:38)
  5. 5 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 8 in E flat minor (WTC I/8), BWV 853 (BC L87) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nikolaus Boddin (10:32)
  6. 6 Allegretto for piano in C minor, D. 915 - Franz Schubert & Nikolaus Boddin (6:11)
  7. 7 Ländler (17) for piano (Deutsche Tänze), D. 366: No. 1 in A major / No. 3 in A minor / No. 5 in A m - Franz Schubert & Nikolaus Boddin (5:27)
  8. 8 Variations on the name "Abegg," for piano in F major, Op. 1 - Robert Schumann & Nikolaus Boddin (8:00)
  9. 9 Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Nikolaus Boddin (2:15)
  10. 10–12 Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22 - Sergey Prokofiev & Nikolaus Boddin (2:42)
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Performance Credits
Sviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
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