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Richter the Master Vol. 1: Beethoven - Piano Sonatas [CD]

Ludwig van Beethoven, Sviatoslav Richter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 May 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000O77PZ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 1. Andante 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.19 in G minor, Op.49 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro) 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 5:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.20 in G, Op.49 No.2 - 2. Tempo di Menuetto 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 1. In Tempo d'un Menuetto 5:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.22 in F, Op.54 - 2. Allegretto 6:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 1. Allegro assai11:391.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 2. Andante con moto 6:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 -"Appassionata" - 3. Allegro ma non troppo 8:330.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 2. Prestissimo 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109 - 3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)12:101.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo 6:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 2. Allegro molto 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 3. Adagio ma non troppo - Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo) 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat, Op.110 - 4. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo) 7:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1a. Maestoso - 1:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 1b. Allegro con brio ed appassionato 7:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 - 2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)16:292.29  Buy MP3 


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good late recordings 8 April 2010
By Mhr
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Sviatoslav Richter made these recordings in Holland and Germany in 1991 and 1992. By then he was getting quite old for a pianist - 76 or 77 years old.

He may no longer have been a fiery performer of his early years. But, his performances are masterly. Listening to these recordings, it appears that the great man was still nearly at the peak of his powers.

I particularly like the last three sonatas (Opp.109, 110 & 111). His style is straight-forward, and the notes flow naturally. I feel that his music-making is selfless, serving the composers' intentions.

The digitally-recorded sound is very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it. 28 Jan 2013
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Love listening to Beethoven sonatas especially when played by a master. Helps me to understand how they should be played.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven with more depth and intensity 8 April 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Richter's performance may not be note-perfect, but who cares if Beethoven sonatas are played with such intensity and profundity? After listening to Richter's uncompromising, risk-taking accounts, performances by those German music expert, Uchida, Brendel, Schiff, Kemp etc, sounds too tame and intellectual.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great. 5 Sep 2010
By LR
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Richter's recorded legacy is variable, and these recordings date from late in his career. In my opinion these are far from Richter on top form. Not everything he recorded is automatically outstanding, so be aware that these are fairly run of the mill performances by his standards.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richter recordings revisited 27 May 2007
By Gene Cosloy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a masterful performance and I would recommend this release without reservation. However the NYTimes reviewed this as well as the other discs in this series by Decca and declared these as "new" releases. Not so! If you already own the Phillips series of "Authorized Richter recordings" you already own these performances.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Richter is uneven, but here's a great Op. 109 6 Jun 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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As noted above, the Decca series, "Richter, The Master," reprises an earlier series on Philips. I would hesitate to recommend any of these bargain two-fers unreservedly. Philips was unlucky enough to catch Richter at the tail end of his long career. Only listen to this account of the "Appassionata," a signature work for the younger Richter that he played with uncommon passion and fire, often to a frightening degree. But this reading is a pale shadow of those, despite its bursts of brilliance and commanding presence.

The three small sonatas that begin CD 1, the two from Op. 49 and Op. 54, are given solid but hardly thrilling performances, again in stark contrast to the earlier ones scattered throughout Richter's discography. Only the finale of Op. 49 no. 1 made me sit up and take notice. On CD 2, I anticipated that Op. 109, being the gentlest soul among the late sonatas, would take to Richter's later style. Happily, it's a good match. Much of the phrasing is meltingly lovely. Richter was more febrile early on, but his pinpoint musical intelligence, always at its best when confronted with a challenge, brings many new insights here. Also, this is the best piano and best sound in the set (good pianos not being guaranteed in a live Richter recording).

Op. 110 and Op. 111 are more visceral, more enigmatic, and more demanding technically, so my expectations were somewhat lower. (I don't count or much notice muffed notes, although Richter was prone to them more than you'd expect.) Compared to his earlier versions, this Op. 110 felt rhythmically tired and unimaginative overall, despite some commanding moments. Op. 11 starts off with a few lion's roars, but here again there's a certain lack of ignition, and one misses his fiery imagination. The concluding Arietta feels too generalized. I don't mean to harp on earlier glories from Richter, but as collectors we have the luxury of picking and choosing, and here the only real advantages is better sound and a fine piano.

Since my copy of these recordings is a download, I can't provide recording dates. If you don't collect Richter in depth, this is a good collection in fine sound that valuably gathers together Op. 109-111. If you're more adventurous, however, sorting through the pianist's vast store of live recordings is a trill. I'd begin with the Beethoven selections issued by Music & Arts and Olympia.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven with more depth and intensity 8 April 2008
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Richter's performance may not be note-perfect, but who cares if Beethoven sonatas are played with such intensity and profundity? After listening to Richter's uncompromising, risk-taking accounts, performances by those German music expert, Uchida, Brendel, Schiff, Kemp etc, sounds too tame and intellectual.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These performances floored me! 21 Jun 2013
By Michael A. Brocato - Published on Amazon.com
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The Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49, No. 1, and Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2, are short (and are considered relatively simple sonatas by some pianists) by Ludwig van Beethoven, published in 1805 (although the works were likely composed several years earlier). Both works are two movements.

These sonatas are referred to as the "Leichte Sonaten" to be given to his friends and students.
As such, many performers avoid these sonatas unless they are preparing a complete cycle of the Beethoven Sonatas.

We have a true treat in this recording, which is live (but I never realized that until the applause began at the end of the second of the paired sonatas). Richter is so masterful in these "simple sonatas" that he must have transfixed his audience....there is not a sound from them until the applause. His tempo of the first of the two is slower than most approach the work...I have even read some comments such as "my (niece/cousin/friend/etc...) can play that piece faster than that!

Richter obviously can play these works faster, but at this tempo, one can truly realize that Beethoven truly anticipates the later sonatas in these early works (which were suppressed from publication until a later time....done by his brother, not by Beethoven).

All of these works are approached with such wisdom and true understanding that I hold them as high as the Gilels recordings of the works contained in this disc.
Some may complain that Richter misses notes or makes mistakes...these may have been corrected in an edited studio recording
This live performances allow the full realization of RIchters understanding of the works....and the listener is lucky to be there to hear the risks he takes.

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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Volume I of Beethoven 3 Feb 2010
By J. Ditkowsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Volume 1 of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas includes Opus 10. This "Volume I" does not include Opus 10; therefore I did not get the sonata I wanted to hear. I don't believe there was any listing of the sonatas on the CD I received on the website. Of course, Richter's interpretations are always wonderful, but I REALLY bought this CD for a specific purpose and sonata. I think Amazon should REQUIRE a "table of contents" for CD's!
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