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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099921741128
  • Catalog Number: 17411
  • Sales rank: 143,120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (21:07)
  2. 5–8 Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (22:27)
  3. 9–11 Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (23:46)
  4. 10 Andante for piano in F major ("Andante favori") WoO 57 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Sviatoslav Richter (7:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D. 664 (Op. 120) - Franz Schubert & Sviatoslav Richter (24:51)
  2. 4–7 Fantasia for piano in C major ("Wanderer"), D. 760 (Op. 15) - Franz Schubert & Sviatoslav Richter (20:51)
  3. 8–10 Fantasie (Obolen auf Beethovens Monument) for piano in C major, Op. 17 - Robert Schumann & Sviatoslav Richter (31:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Papillons (Butterflies) for piano, Op. 2 - Robert Schumann & Sviatoslav Richter (14:40)
  2. 2–5 Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 - Robert Schumann & Sviatoslav Richter (17:47)
  3. 6–10 Faschingsschwank aus Wien ("Phantasiebilder"), for piano, Op. 26 - Robert Schumann & Sviatoslav Richter (20:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Oleg Kagan (24:49)
  2. 5–9 Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass in A major ("Trout"), D. 667 (Op. posth. 114) - Franz Schubert & Sviatoslav Richter (44:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Sonata for violin & piano No. 23 in D major, K. 306 (K. 300l) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Oleg Kagan (28:26)
  2. 4–6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 26 in B flat major, K. 378 (K. 317d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Oleg Kagan (25:00)
  3. 7–8 Sonata for violin & piano No. 31 in C major (fragment), K. 404 (K. 385d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Oleg Kagan (3:56)
  4. 8 Allegro for violin & piano in B flat major (fragment), K. 372 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Oleg Kagan (2:11)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.2 in F major, HWV 427 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (10:01)
  2. 5–10 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.3 in D minor, HWV 428 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (23:44)
  3. 11–14 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (13:20)
  4. 15–19 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.8 in F minor, HWV 433 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (12:52)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452: I. Allemande: Allegro con fuoco - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (5:16)
  2. 2 Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452: II. Courante: Allegro vivace - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (3:53)
  3. 3 Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452: III. Gigue: Presto - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (4:36)
  4. 4–6 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.5 in E minor, HWV 438 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (9:25)
  5. 7–13 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.8 in G major, HWV 441 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (18:37)
  6. 14–17 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.6 in G minor, HWV 439 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (9:17)
Disc 8
  1. 1–15 Romances (15) from Tieck's "Die schöne Magelone" for voice & piano, Op. 33 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Johannes Brahms (57:00)
Disc 9
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482 - Benjamin Britten & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (34:42)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Ludwig van Beethoven (37:17)
Disc 10
  1. 1–3 Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major ("Triple Concerto"), Op. 56 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (36:37)
  2. 4–6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Oleg Kagan (20:57)
Disc 11
  1. 1–4 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 - Johannes Brahms & Orchestre de Paris (49:19)
  2. 5–6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 27 in G major, K. 379 (K. 373a) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Oleg Kagan (22:31)
Disc 12
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in G minor, B. 63 (Op. 33) - Antonin Dvorák & Carlos Kleiber (38:39)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto No. 1, for 2 pianos (arranged by Bartók), Sz. 83, BB 91 - Béla Bartók & Orchestre de Paris (30:41)
Disc 13
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - Lovro von Matacic & Edvard Grieg (28:49)
  2. 4–6 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - Lovro von Matacic & Robert Schumann (30:09)
Disc 14
  1. 1–5 Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55 - Sergey Prokofiev & London Symphony Orchestra (24:53)
  2. 6–8 Chamber Concerto, for piano, violin, and 13 wind instruments - Alban Berg & Oleg Kagan (42:49)
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Sviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
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