Sviatoslav Richter in the 1950s, Vol. 6

Sviatoslav Richter in the 1950s, Vol. 6

by Sviatoslav Richter
     
 
This release may not interest listeners who are not devoted fans of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter or who can't take raw monaural sound. But Richter fans with a high tolerance for less than ideal sound should by all means try this disc. The sound isn't that bad considering most of the items here were recorded at a single concert given in 1952. One can hear most of

Overview

This release may not interest listeners who are not devoted fans of Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter or who can't take raw monaural sound. But Richter fans with a high tolerance for less than ideal sound should by all means try this disc. The sound isn't that bad considering most of the items here were recorded at a single concert given in 1952. One can hear most of what's going on and not all that much of what the audience is doing, and the actual sound of the piano is exceedingly lifelike. This disc also adds two composers to the Richter discography: Borodin, with three excerpts from his "Petite Suite," and Lyadov, with his "Etude," "Canzonetta," and "Musical Snuffbox." Other works it adds to his discography include Chopin's "C sharp minor Prelude," Glazunov's "D flat major Nocturne," and Scriabin's "Mazurka in E minor," plus the Russian pianist's only extant recording of a transcription, Liszt's arrangement of Schubert's song "Erlkönig." The real reason to try this disc is the astounding performances. The performances of the pieces Richter has recorded before -- works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin -- are dazzling and easily in the same league as his later recordings, although these accounts are more overtly virtuosic. The performances of the pieces he has not recorded before are even more impressive. Borodin's "Petite Suite" has never sounded more masterful, Lyadov's "Musical Snuffbox" has never sounded more charming, and the Schubert/Liszt "Erlkönig" is flat-out terrifying. Though this CD is not for everyone, fans will likely swoon with rapture.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
Label:
Parnassus
UPC:
0606345004132
catalogNumber:
96025
Rank:
85510

Tracks

  1. Petite Suite for piano: 1. Au couvent

    1. 1. Au couvent  (07:07)
  2. Petite Suite for piano: 2. Mazurka in C major

    1. 2. Mazurka in C major  (02:15)
  3. Petite Suite for piano: 3. Serenade

    1. 3. Serenade  (02:07)
  4. Canzonetta, for piano, Op. 48  (02:27)
  5. Etude for piano in F major, Op. 37  (02:04)
  6. Nocturne for piano, Op. 37  (06:13)
  7. Etudes-Tableaux, for piano, Op. 33: 9. Etude-tableau in C sharp minor

    1. 9. Etude-tableau in C sharp minor  (02:33)
  8. Pieces (6) for piano, Op. 52: 2. Rondo

    1. 2. Rondo  (05:06)
  9. Visions fugitives (20), for piano, Op. 22: Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15 & 18

    1. Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15 & 18  (09:02)
  10. Pieces (3) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 95: 2. Gavotte

    1. 2. Gavotte  (02:10)
  11. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 3. Autumn Fairy

    1. 3. Autumn Fairy  (01:03)
  12. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: 6. Orientalia

    1. 6. Orientalia  (01:36)
  13. Pieces (6) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 102: 1. Great Waltz

    1. 1. Great Waltz  (05:57)
  14. Pieces (6) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 102: 3. The Quarrel

    1. 3. The Quarrel  (02:59)
  15. Musical Snuffbox, for piano (or orchestra), Op. 32  (01:55)
  16. Mazurka for piano in E minor, Op. 25/3  (02:15)
  17. Etude for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 42/2  (02:39)
  18. Prelude for piano No.23 in G sharp minor, Op. 32/12  (02:19)
  19. Erlkönig (II), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 328d), S. 558/4 (LW A42/4)  (04:06)
  20. Prelude for piano No. 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190  (04:29)

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