Richter Plays Bach

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
As with any "new" Sviatoslav Richter recording, the first order of business is determining what's new to disc and what's been released before. The set indicates that these are live and studio digital recordings from 1991 on the outside, but that only narrows things down to a single year, a single year in which the indefatigable Richter played an enormous number of concerts resulting in an immense number of recordings, usually of the same repertoire. All the items on the first disc -- the three sonatas "BWV 963," "964," and "966" the four "Duets" BWV 802-805, the "Capriccio" BWV 993, and the "Concerto italiano" BWV 971 -- were recorded in June 1991 and have been previously...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
As with any "new" Sviatoslav Richter recording, the first order of business is determining what's new to disc and what's been released before. The set indicates that these are live and studio digital recordings from 1991 on the outside, but that only narrows things down to a single year, a single year in which the indefatigable Richter played an enormous number of concerts resulting in an immense number of recordings, usually of the same repertoire. All the items on the first disc -- the three sonatas "BWV 963," "964," and "966" the four "Duets" BWV 802-805, the "Capriccio" BWV 993, and the "Concerto italiano" BWV 971 -- were recorded in June 1991 and have been previously issued only on Stradivarius. The four English suites on the second and third discs "BWV 806," "808," "809," and "811" were recorded in June and April of that year, and thus are not the recordings of the same works made in March and released on Philips. Similarly, the two French suites "BWV 813" and "815", plus the "Toccata" BWV 913 and the "Fantasie" BWV 906, were recorded in June and November, and thus are not the recordings of the same works made in March likewise released on Philips. So for Richter fans who don't already have the single-disc Stradivarius discs in their collection, this set will be mandatory listening. For non-Richter fans, however, the choice will be more complicated. The Russian pianist's approach to Bach, an approach that combines a muscular technique with complete control and an intellectual interpretation, may be anathema to listeners used to the virtuosic velocity of Glenn Gould or the sublimated spirituality of András Schiff. But for listeners who like their Bach played with headlong impetuosity, incandescent intensity, and uncanny intelligence, Richter is the main man, and these splendid-sounding digital recordings will only serve to enhance his legend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Stradivarius
  • EAN: 8011570338204
  • Catalog Number: 33820
  • Sales rank: 90,891

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sonata for keyboard in C major (after J. A. Reincken), BWV 966 (BC L186) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (10:57)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for keyboard in D major, BWV 963 (BC L182) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (10:44)
  3. 9–12 Sonata arranged for keyboard in D minor (after BWV 1003, possibly by J.G. Müthel), BWV 964 (BC L184) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (21:23)
  4. 10 Capriccio in honorem Johann Christoph Bach ii, for keyboard in E major, BWV 993 (BC L180) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (7:02)
  5. 11 Duetto, for keyboard No. 1 in E minor (Clavier-Übung III No. 23), BWV 802 (BC J74) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (3:00)
  6. 12 Duetto, for keyboard No. 2 in F major (Clavier-Übung III No. 24), BWV 803 (BC J75) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (3:35)
  7. 13 Duetto, for keyboard No. 3 in G major (Clavier-Übung III No. 25), BWV 804 (BC J76) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (2:26)
  8. 14 Duetto, for keyboard No. 4 in A minor (Clavier-Übung III No. 26), BWV 805 (BC J77) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (2:53)
  9. 18–20 Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (14:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1–10 English Suite, for keyboard No. 1 in A major, BWV 806 (BC L13) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (26:49)
  2. 11–18 English Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (BC L15) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (25:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1–7 English Suite, for keyboard No. 4 in F major, BWV 809 (BC L16) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (21:48)
  2. 8–15 English Suite, for keyboard No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (BC L18) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (28:58)
Disc 4
  1. 1–7 French Suite, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 (BC L20) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (14:21)
  2. 8–16 French Suite, for keyboard No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 (BC L22) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sviatoslav Richter (18:38)
  3. 9 Toccata for keyboard in D minor, BWV 913 (BC L144) - Johann Sebastian Bach (13:16)
  4. 10 Fantasia and fugue, for keyboard in C minor (fugue incomplete), BWV 906 (BC L133, 138) - Johann Sebastian Bach (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
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