Favourite Piano Concertos

Artist: Sviatoslav Richter
Format: 2CD
Bar-code: 5060294540212
Cat No: M2CD021

£5.99

Sviatoslav Richter, whose technical virtuosity combined with subtle introspection, made him one of the preeminent pianists of the 20th century. Though his repertoire was enormous, he was especially praised for his interpretations of J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Sergey Prokofiev, and Modest Mussorgsky. Initially a composer, by age 20 Richter had devoted himself to the piano. He made his concert debut in 1935 in Odessa, and in 1937 he became a pupil at the Moscow Conservatory. Having met Prokofiev in 1937, Richter went on to premiere the composer’s Sonata No. 6 in 1940, as well as Sonata No. 7 and No. 9 in later years. During the 50’s he toured eastern Europe and China. Meanwhile, the West eagerly awaited Richter’s appearance and in 1960 he debuted at Carnegie Hall. To great acclaim, he subsequently toured western Europe and Japan. Favouring intimate venues, such as the Aldeburgh festival in England, where he played Schubert duets with his friend Benjamin Britten. In 1964 Richter started a lifelong association with the French Fêtes Musicales near Tours. Because he detested the artificiality of the studio, more than half of his recordings were of live performances and made his last appearance in 1970.

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CD One

TCHAIKOVSKY: PIANO CONCERTO No.1 in B flat

minor, Op.23

1. 1st mvt. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con

spirito

2. 2nd mvt.Andantino semplice – Prestissimo

3. 3rd mvt.Allegro con fuoco

with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel

Ancerl

Rec.1957

RACHMANINOV: PIANO CONCERTO No.2 in C minor,

Op.18

4. 1st mvt. Moderato

5. 2nd mvt. Adagio sostenuto

6. 3rd mvt. Allegro scherzando

with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted

by Stanislav Wislocki

Rec.1959

CD Two

BRAHMS;PIANO CONCERTO No.2 in B flat, Op.83

1. 1st mvt.Allegro non troppo

2. 2nd mvt.Allegro appassionato

3. 3rd mvt.Andante

4. 4th mvt.Allegretto grazioso

with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Leinsdorf

Rec.1959

LISZT:PIANO CONCERTO No.1 in A, G.125

5. 1st mvt.Allegro maestoso

6. 2nd mvt.Quasi adagio

7. 3rd mvt. Allgretto vivace – Allegro animato

8. 4th mvt. Allegro marziale

with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Kondrashin

Rec.1961