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Richter plays Schubert [CD]

Sviatoslav Richter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 July 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000PY302Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 1. Molto moderato e cantabile26:573.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 2. Andante 8:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro moderato) 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.18 in G, D.894 - 4. Allegretto 8:150.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo 7:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 2. Andante 5:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 3. Scherzo (Allegretto) 6:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Piano Sonata No.9 in B, D.575 - 4. Allegro giusto 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: Piano Sonata in C, D.840 - 1. Moderato22:312.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Piano Sonata in C, D.840 - 2. Andante10:091.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Piano Sonata in C, D.840 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 5:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Piano Sonata in C, D.840 - 4. Rondo (Allegro) 7:210.79  Buy MP3 


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Masterful Live Performances 8 April 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Richter's magnificent & uncompromising authorized recordings of Schubert Sonatas, D894, 575 & 840, are back! These three sonatas are especially difficult to pull off as they are highly complex and repetitive (Volodos made deeply contemplative yet painfully boring recording!). These live performances are totally captivating and eloquent without pulling things around.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Masterful Live Performances 8 April 2008
By Scriabinmahler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Richter's magnificent & uncompromising authorized recordings of Schubert Sonatas, D894, 575 & 840, are back! These three sonatas are especially difficult to pull off as they are highly complex and repetitive (Volodos made deeply contemplative yet painfully boring recording!). These live performances are totally captivating and eloquent without pulling things around.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on the whole, but hampered by the first movement tempo 25 July 2012
By Kirk List - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In appraising this G major sonata, as with Richter's D960 sonata in Bb on Regis and Klemperer's Cosi Fan Tutte on EMI, much depemds upon one's reaction
to the slow tempo in the first movement. If the other three movements were played at this pace, I would not be reviewing it, but they flow quite beautifully with Richter's customary insight while the first movement drags. I can avoid listening to the first movement but would rather not, and I am not resigned to hearing a torso. A reluctant 4 stars for what is to me something of a
Jekyll-Hyde encounter, but may well not be a majority view.

Peers: Brendel/Philips, Lupu/Decca, Haebler/Philips, Cooper/Ottavo.
I find no tempi problems with any of the above, recommend them, and would award them five stars
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars variable Schubert from Richter 15 Oct 2010
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First, prospective buyers should know that while the amazon description lists only the D894 sonata, this 2-cd set also includes the D575 and D840 sonatas. Having said that, this set offers surprisingly disappointing playing from Richter, who was a great Schubertian. The first movement of the D894 sonata, which clocks in at 27 minutes, finds Richter stretching things beyond the breaking point (Brendel, Lupu and Zacharias, who take an entirely different view of things, turn in performances of 17 minutes each). Time almost stands still as the pianist serves up a statement that is just too subjective for my ears, and while the rest of the sonata is natural enough the whole thing sinks under the quicksand pace of the first movement.

Richter is much more natural sounding in the B major sonata D575, where he turns in a pretty good reading, but he reverts to ultra-slow motion in the first movement of the C major sonata (D840), known as "Relique." At 22:31 minutes, Richter is nearly 32% slower than Kempff who clocks in at 15:12, and moves at half the pace of Brendel, who plays this movement in 11 minutes and 36 seconds. I cite these timings not to suggest that these other pianists, who are also great Schubertians, are turning in high-voltage performances, but to illustrate that Richter is way off the mark. Richter also plays the unfinished third and fourth movements, which are typically omitted.

The liner notes don't tell us where or exactly when these recordings were made; the back of the case merely says "recordings made in 1979." All in all, these recordings are not representative of the Richter who turned in monumental Schubert readings for EMI (Schubert: 'Wanderer' Fantasy; Schumann: Fantasy & Papillons) or can be found in live performance (e.g. Richter in Hungary) among others.

For those looking for Schubert sonatas, I would recommend Brendel Schubert: Piano Works: Sonatas / Moments Musicaux / Impromptus / 'Wanderer' Fantasia or any of Kempff's performances followed by the fine EMI set from Zacharias (Schubert: Piano Sonatas). Five of the ten discs of Lupu's The Complete Decca Solo Recording are devoted to Schubert, and these too are very good.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention, please 21 Feb 2010
By Domingo Manuel Diaz Caneja - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with other revisions of this CD, about the difficulty of the pieces, mainly because of their repetitive character and peculiar atmosphere. But what I want to say is that, although the Piano Sonata in C major, D840 wasn't finished by Schubert, and although many times has been recorded just in its first two movements, in this recording it ends as Schubert left it, unfinished, abruptly, but so abruptly that, wereas in the other two sonatas you hear the applauses at the end, in this third not only the sonata ends, but as well the CD and you are left with the idea that you've been cheated. A small applause would have helped.
But a great interpretation of a deceptively 'easy' sonatas.
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