Richter Plays Schubert, Schumann & Debussy

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
One of the cool things about collecting recordings by Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter is that there are so many of them out there. Of the four pieces on this 2007 BBC Music disc, only Schubert's rightly neglected "Thirteen Variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner" exists in just this recording from October 8, 1969. Of the three other pieces, the Schubert "A minor Sonata" taped in London on March 31, 1979, is the second of two recordings, the first taped six weeks earlier in Tokyo. Richter's standard selection of six of Schumann's eight "Fantasiestücke" recorded at the same 1969 concert was preceded by two 1956 recordings, one from Prague and Moscow. And the 1969 ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
One of the cool things about collecting recordings by Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter is that there are so many of them out there. Of the four pieces on this 2007 BBC Music disc, only Schubert's rightly neglected "Thirteen Variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner" exists in just this recording from October 8, 1969. Of the three other pieces, the Schubert "A minor Sonata" taped in London on March 31, 1979, is the second of two recordings, the first taped six weeks earlier in Tokyo. Richter's standard selection of six of Schumann's eight "Fantasiestücke" recorded at the same 1969 concert was preceded by two 1956 recordings, one from Prague and Moscow. And the 1969 concert's encore, Debussy's "Cloches à travers les feuilles," joins six other earlier and later recordings of the same work in Richter's discography. As Richter's fans know, the cool part in all these multiple recordings of the same works is in comparing accents, phrasing, tempos, and the hundreds of other interpretive differences between performances. While to say more would spoil their fun, phrases like "almost unbearably brutal"; "much, much weirder"; and "possibly even more luminous than usual" wouldn't be out of place in a critical discussion. Of course, even his fans have to concede that, while surely one of the greatest virtuosos of the second half of the twentieth century, Richter was by no means a flawless player. Aside from the Debussy encore, there are mistakes aplenty in most of these performances, and for the uninitiated, these may prove hard to overlook. But for the pianist's fans, Richter's digital independence, expressive intensity, poised tempos, balanced sonorities, and transcendent beauty of tone have always made his flaws entirely ignorable and they will no doubt succeed in ignoring them here, too. Recorded 10 years apart, the live sound here is serviceable but unlovely.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911422221
  • Catalog Number: 4222

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor ("Grande Sonate"), D. 784 (Op. posth. 143) - Franz Schubert & John Patrick (25:07)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    1. 1 Allegro giusto
    2. 2 Andante
    3. 3 Allegro vivace
  2. 4–17 Variations (13) on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrunner, for piano in A minor, D. 576 - Franz Schubert & John Patrick (14:02)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
    1. 4Thema. Andantino
    2. 5Variation 1
    3. 6Variation 2
    4. 7Variation 3
    5. 8Variation 4
    6. 9Variation 5
    7. 10Variation 6
    8. 11Variation 7
    9. 12Variation 8
    10. 13Variation 9
    11. 14Variation 10
    12. 15Variation 11
    13. 16Variation 12
    14. 17Variation 13. Allegro
  3. 18 Fantasiestück No. 1 ("Des Abend"), for piano, Op. 12/1 - Robert Schumann & John Patrick (4:12)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  4. 19 Fantasiestück ("Aufschwung"), for piano, Op. 12/2 - Robert Schumann & John Patrick (2:51)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  5. 20 Fantasiestück ("Warum?"), for piano, Op.12/3 - Robert Schumann & John Patrick (3:23)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  6. 21 Fantasiestück ("In der Nacht"), for piano, Op. 12/5 - Robert Schumann & John Patrick (3:50)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  7. 22 Fantasiestück ("Traumes Wirren"), for piano, Op. 12/7 - Robert Schumann & John Patrick (2:06)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  8. 23 Fantasiestück ("Ende vom Lied"), for piano, Op. 12/8 - Robert Schumann & John Patrick (5:34)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  9. 24 Cloches à travers les feuilles, for piano, L. 111/1 - Claude Debussy & John Patrick (6:18)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously