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Sviatoslav Richter: The Master Pianist [The Complete EMI Recordings] [Box Set]
     

Sviatoslav Richter: The Master Pianist [The Complete EMI Recordings] [Box Set]

by Sviatoslav Richter
 

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With a discography so vast it is difficult to speak of a particular group of recordings for a particular label as being better or more central than those for another, Sviatoslav Richter can be difficult to pin down for recommendations. But his complete recordings for the EMI label are undeniably an excellent choice. The best of Richter's solo recordings here are those

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With a discography so vast it is difficult to speak of a particular group of recordings for a particular label as being better or more central than those for another, Sviatoslav Richter can be difficult to pin down for recommendations. But his complete recordings for the EMI label are undeniably an excellent choice. The best of Richter's solo recordings here are those of Schubert and Schumann. In no other recorded performances has a pianist so well expressed the ardent lyricism and athletic virtuosity of Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy" or the passionate longing and ecstatic release of Schumann's "C major Fantasy." Almost as fine are Richter's luminous reading of Beethoven's "Andante favori" and harrowing account of the same composer's "Tempest Sonata." More problematic, perhaps, are Richter's intensely expressive interpretations of eight of Handel's keyboard sonatas, but few would dispute their effectiveness. In the chamber music recordings, Richter is paired only with other Soviet artists -- the steely Oleg Kagan in elegant accounts of Mozart's violin sonatas and the adept Borodin Quartet in a ravishingly beautiful performance of Schubert's "Trout Quintet" -- except in one memorable case in which he and the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau team up for a lyrical reading of Brahms' "Die schöne Magelone" song cycle. Richter's performances in the concerto recordings here are not always so consistent. Sometimes, as in his serene performance of Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 22," his playing is practically perfect in its balance of light and dark. Other times, as in his surprisingly straightforward account of Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 2," his playing is ordinary. But when Richter is on, as in his impetuous Grieg concerto, fervent Schumann concerto, and above all his commanding Dvorák concerto, he is untouchable. In a special class of its own is Richter's recording of Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" with David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan. Together with his two greatest contemporaries, Richter turns in a performance of extraordinary elegance, endless energy, and surpassing loveliness. Recorded between 1961 and 1980 in concert halls and recording studios across Europe, EMI's stereo sound is generally clean, warm, and very present.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099921741128
catalogNumber:
17411

Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Sviatoslav Richter
  2. Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Sviatoslav Richter
  3. Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Sviatoslav Richter
  4. Andante for piano in F major ("Andante favori") WoO 57  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Sviatoslav Richter
  5. Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120)  - Franz Schubert  - Sviatoslav Richter
  6. Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15)  - Franz Schubert  - Sviatoslav Richter
  7. Fantasie (Obolen auf Beethovens Monument) for piano in C major, Op. 17  - Robert Schumann  - Sviatoslav Richter
  8. Papillons (Butterflies) for piano, Op. 2  - Robert Schumann  - Sviatoslav Richter
  9. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22  - Robert Schumann  - Sviatoslav Richter
  10. Faschingsschwank aus Wien ("Phantasiebilder"), for piano, Op. 26  - Robert Schumann  - Sviatoslav Richter
  11. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  12. Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass in A major ("Trout"), D. 667 (Op. posth. 114)  - Franz Schubert  - Sviatoslav Richter  -  Members of the Borodin Quartet
  13. Sonata for violin & piano No. 23 in D major, K. 306 (K. 300l)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  14. Sonata for violin & piano No. 26 in B flat major, K. 378 (K. 317d)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  15. Sonata for violin & piano No. 31 in C major (fragment), K. 404 (K. 385d)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  16. Allegro for violin & piano in B flat major (fragment), K. 372  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  17. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.2 in F major, HWV 427  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  18. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.3 in D minor, HWV 428  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  19. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  20. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.8 in F minor, HWV 433  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  21. Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452: I. Allemande: Allegro con fuoco  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  22. Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452: II. Courante: Allegro vivace  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  23. Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452: III. Gigue: Presto  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  24. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.5 in E minor, HWV 438  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  25. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.8 in G major, HWV 441  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  26. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.6 in G minor, HWV 439  - George Frideric Handel  - Sviatoslav Richter
  27. Romances (15) from Tieck's "Die schöne Magelone" for voice & piano, Op. 33  - Johannes Brahms  - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  - Sviatoslav Richter
  28. Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Benjamin Britten  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Sviatoslav Richter
  29. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Riccardo Muti  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Sviatoslav Richter
  30. Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Herbert von Karajan  - David Oistrakh  - Sviatoslav Richter  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  31. Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  32. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83  - Johannes Brahms  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Sviatoslav Richter  - Lorin Maazel
  33. Sonata for violin & piano No. 27 in G major, K. 379 (K. 373a)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter
  34. Piano Concerto in G minor, B. 63 (Op. 33)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Carlos Kleiber  - Sviatoslav Richter  -  Bayrisches Staatsorchester München
  35. Piano Concerto No. 1, for 2 pianos (arranged by Bartók), Sz. 83, BB 91  - Béla Bartók  -  Orchestre de Paris  - Sviatoslav Richter  - Lorin Maazel
  36. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16  - Edvard Grieg  - Lovro von Matacic  -  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra  - Sviatoslav Richter
  37. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54  - Robert Schumann  - Lovro von Matacic  -  Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra  - Sviatoslav Richter
  38. Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Sviatoslav Richter  - Lorin Maazel
  39. Chamber Concerto, for piano, violin, and 13 wind instruments  - Alban Berg  - Oleg Kagan  - Sviatoslav Richter  - Yuri Nikolayevsky  -  Moscow Conservatoire Instrumental Ensemble

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