Often named the supreme pianist of his era, Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) was a poet of the keyboard and an enigmatic, sometimes eccentric figure. These 24 CDs span three centuries of music – repertoire for solo piano and piano duo, chamber music, song and concerto – and bring Richter together with other great artists of his time. As the New York Times wrote, his pianism “combined astonishing technical mastery with bold, wide-ranging musical imagination. His control over the colorings of piano tone was incomparable.”
Sony Classcial celebrates the art of Sviatoslav Richter (1995-1997) – one of the 20th century’s greatest pianists – with the first-ever release of his complete Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor live and studio recordings in an 18 CD original jacket edition, underneath Richter’s legendary five October 1960 Carnegie Hall recitals.
A generous and adventurous collection of piano concertos played by the Russian Giant of the Keyboard, Sviatoslav Richter. Next to standard concert repertoire some novelties, like the Franck, Britten, Berg and Hindemith works. Famous conductors like Evgeny Svetlanov, Kyril Kondrashin and the recently deceased Rudolf Barshai (his favourite conductor).
From the notes: "This volume includes two major Piano Sonatas by Sergei Prokofiev, a composer Richter knew well. Richter's only performance as conductor was in music of Prokofiev, the premiere of his Sinfonia
concertante for cello and orchestra. And although, as with all composers, Richter played only the music of Prokofiev he felt closest to, there was a great deal of this music, including the First and Fifth Piano Concertos and the Second, Fourth and Sixth through Ninth Piano Sonatas. Prokofiev gave the first perfromane of the Sixth Sonata on a radio broadcast, but Richter gave the public premiere of this Sonata, and also of the Ninth, which was dedicated to him."
Czech: Ančerl Gold Edition 10, Prokofjev, Symfonie č. 1 D dur, Koncerty pro klavír a orchestr č. 1 a 2
Sviatoslav Richter, Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy FOK | Dagmar Baloghová, Česká Filharmonie | Karel Ančerl
From the notes: "Nearly all of the recital from April 1958 represents new discoveries of major importance. Only one of the Liszt pieces _Aux cypres de la Villa d'este_ exists in another Richter recording (Russia Revelation RV10011, a phenomenal all-Liszt recital also dating from 1958) Richter has long been known as one of the great Liszt players…. his two Concertos and his live performances of the Sonata [New York 1965] were amongst the greatest versions of that monumental work played by any pianist"
From the notes: "From his public appearances, he made his mark as a passionately probing musician with a miraculous touch who communicated an unequaled intensity to his listeners. He often presented ignored or forgotten works; he undertook a "Scriabin revival," championed the more neglected works of Schumann, and disclosed unsuspected depths in Schubert, early Beethoven, and Haydn Sonatas. An especially dedicated of Prokofiev, he gave the first concert performance of the Piano Sonata No. 7, and Prokofiev dedicated his Sonata No. 9 to Richter. A Richter recital, whether of familiar or neglected works, always left the listener with a transformed and deepend view of the works heard" Notes by S.W. Bennett