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Liszt - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, etc. / Richter [Original recording remastered]

London Symphony Orchestra , Franz Liszt , Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin , Kyrill Kondrashin , Sviatoslav Richter Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kyrill Kondrashin
  • Composer: Franz Liszt, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: BBC Legends
  • ASIN: B000042NZ9
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Andante spianato. Tranquillo -
2. Polonaise. Allegro molto
3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in E flat major, S124: I. Allegro Maestoso
4. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in E flat major, S124: Qusi adagio
5. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in E flat major, S124: Allegro marziale animato
6. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in A major, S125: Adagio sostenuto assai
7. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in A major, S125: Allegro moderato
8. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in A major, S125: Marziale un poco meno allegro
9. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in A major, S125: Allegro animato
10. Hungarian Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra, S123

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Mention the late Sviatoslav Richter, and awe will most likely figure in the description of anyone who heard him. Yet back in 1961, Richter was still a largely unknown quantity in the West, his reputation shrouded in mystique. These live recordings, from the London Proms that year, can only have surpassed expectations. It is not just that Richter meets the outsize demands of Liszt's piano writing head on; his scintillating playing, combined with attention to detail and an overreaching grasp of the concerto's freeform structures, give the music a poetic depth it might not otherwise possess. Such is the case with the Chopin: so easy to trivialise in performance, the "Andante spianato" has a breathtaking purity and inwardness; small wonder you could hear a pin drop in a no doubt packed Royal Albert Hall. Richter was always a pianist to use his technique to musical effect, but when the work in question calls for pyrotechnics, he rises to the challenge irresistibly. The tension at the close of the Hungarian Fantasia, with Kondrashin and the LSO just keeping pace, is proof that the audience is living every moment: now, allowing for dated but realistic sound, so can you. --Richard Whitehouse

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Virtuosity & Breathtaking Tonal Subtlty 28 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
BBC Legend recording of Liszt Piano Concertos, played by Richter with Titanic virtuosity and mature artistry, is no less impressive than the Philips version and much better recorded and remastered. Richter is in class of his own when it comes to playing concertos with depth and delicacy, and this recording is the good example. No other pianists can make piano sound like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stupendious! 14 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Well, are you looking to buy a performance of the Liszt piano Concerti?

This is in my opinion the greatest recording you will get. Richter has unboubtedly the greatest tone and energetic outlook to this piece of music. It is purely sublime. I remember listening to it the first time in the car, i was already at my destination, but i had to wait until it had finished. i was mesmorized by the pure audacity, velocity, and virtuosity of Richter's pure talent.

Well worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A showstopper 17 July 2001
By JQR - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a real example of what documentary recordings can yield to posterity. While I've always found the studio versions by these same artists a bit overrated, this live version--recorded a few days prior to the Philips session (now on "Philips 50") is the real thing. Comparing the two, one gets the distinct sense that the artists were trying to recreate what they did on stage earlier. With a London audience on tenterhooks for the USSR's hidden wonder-pianist, you could not concieve of a more anticipatory concert. The Hungarian Fantasy, which in my mind replaces the Cherkassy/Karajan as the finest on record, is in fact interrupted by applause several times before the close. This is the stuff of time machines.
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3.0 out of 5 stars spoiled for sound 28 April 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to take issue with the previous reviewer. I think that the sound of this BBC recording (live from the Albert Hall in 1961) doesn't do justice to either Richter or Kondrashin and the LSO. I don't own Richter's near-contemporaneous studio recording on Philips, but the Zimerman/Ozawa recording, in mid-1980's digital sound, gives you a clearer picture of this music. The interplay with the orchestra and the texture of the solo playing just don't come across as effectively with Richter and Kondrashin. About five years after this concert, Abbado and Argerich recorded the First Concerto in the studio (also with the London Symphony Orchestra), and that recording remains for me the best of the Firsts -- but if you want both concertos (with the "Totentanz" thrown in for good measure in a good performance), go for Zimerman and Ozawa. In defense of Richter and Kondrashin, I hear nothing wrong with the playing or the pacing -- it's just that in the post-digital now I (for better or worse) ask more of the sound.
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