Sviatoslav Richter Archives, Vol. 17: Budapest Recital, 1967

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
There are other recordings available of Sviatoslav Richter performing all the works on this disc -- Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasia," a pair of Schumann's "Novelettes," and a pair of Beethoven's sonatas, all recorded live in Budapest in 1967 -- and these performances don't compare very favorably with them. Richter's classic 1963 Paris account of the "Wanderer" is more controlled, particularly in the outer Allegros. His 1960 Carnegie Hall readings of Schumann's "Novelettes" are more fantastic, especially in the Trios. His 1976 Tours performance of Beethoven's "Op. 10/3 Sonata" is more accurate in the opening Presto, and his 1961 London performance of the "Tempest Sonata" is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
There are other recordings available of Sviatoslav Richter performing all the works on this disc -- Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasia," a pair of Schumann's "Novelettes," and a pair of Beethoven's sonatas, all recorded live in Budapest in 1967 -- and these performances don't compare very favorably with them. Richter's classic 1963 Paris account of the "Wanderer" is more controlled, particularly in the outer Allegros. His 1960 Carnegie Hall readings of Schumann's "Novelettes" are more fantastic, especially in the Trios. His 1976 Tours performance of Beethoven's "Op. 10/3 Sonata" is more accurate in the opening Presto, and his 1961 London performance of the "Tempest Sonata" is more demonic in the closing Allegretto. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that these are fabulous performances. The depths Richter plumbs in the "Wanderer"'s central theme and variations are still profound, the tenderness of his "Novelettes" is still affecting, and the strength, energy, and expressivity of his sonatas puts them in a class of their own. While this disc is not for the casual classical fan, it will be mandatory listening for the avid Richter fan. Although it is well remastered from what must have been a grim live recording, Doremi's sound, while about as good as is possible under the circumstances, is still not very good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Doremi Records
  • UPC: 723721407155
  • Catalog Number: 7954
  • Sales rank: 160,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15) - Franz Schubert & Sviatoslav Richter (20:25)
  2. 2 Noveletten (8), for piano, Op. 21: No. 1 in F major - Robert Schumann & Sviatoslav Richter (5:14)
  3. 3 Noveletten (8), for piano, Op. 21: No. 2 in D major - Robert Schumann & Sviatoslav Richter (5:23)
  4. 4–7 Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (23:47)
  5. 8–10 Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (24:09)
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Performance Credits
Sviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
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