This is a brilliant display of pianism, aiming for the highest artistic goals and generally succeeding. The sound quality is variable, the coughing audience can be obstructive and Richter plays quite a few wrong notes - the infamous clip in the first Promenade being the prime example. However, such considerations are superfluous: the Pictures start a little tentatively, but are generally superb. Such are the colours evoked from the piano that one does not miss the Ravel orchestration. The three Schubert pieces are beautifully played, the Chopin is overly melodramatic, the Liszt selection is brilliant - one cannot help but resort to hyperbole when describing the performance of 'Feux follets': it is incredible. The Rachmaninoff makes a perfect encore. Live recitals are difficult: there are mistakes, the interpretation tends to be too lively, and both these factors sometimes conspire to make live recordings irritating. However, this concert marks a definite exception. It is a great feat of the artistry of the pianist.