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Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert and Beethoven

Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert and Beethoven

17 Jan 2013

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2012
  • Label: Regis Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Regis Records
  • Total Length: 1:11:52
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  • ASIN: B00B5TTO0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD
Although the information given by Regis is scanty, we may deduce from discographies online that these recordings, apart from the live concert recordings of the Impromptus made in Sofia in 1958, are the product of Richter's studio sessions in Moscow. Thus they are dry, "Soviet mono" sound in 1957 and 1959 - pretty grim, for all Richter's sovereign artistry. Of course Richter devotees will point to worse; given the pianist's antipathy to recording and his indifference to the technical aspects of recorded sound we must be grateful for what we can get - which is thin, clangourous and distorted at peak volumes. Ah well.

This is the fourth bargain disc Regis has issued of Richter playing Schubert and as a bonus to D.845 we have an assortment of piano miniatures by Schubert and Beethoven. While this CD might be the least satisfactory so far for sonics, it is artistically indispensable if you respond to Richter's Olympian way with both composers. The harsh sound and Richter's attack combine to produce an unsettlingly aggressive but undeniably exciting effect and underline Schubert's kinship with Beethoven in the sonata.

It is one of the most mercurial and even puzzling of Schubert's piano sonatas, embracing a kaleidoscopic range of disparate moods. The first movement is very free, almost like a fantasy, veering wildly from introspective lyricism to hurdy-gurdy rusticity to grand, military gestures, to angry defiance in its obsessive but constantly inventive return to that ostinato A minor theme, here banged out to insistently by Richter. His fierce concentration confers a unity of mood upon the work which eludes gentler exponents; the classical restraint of Kempff is less appropriate to this music. The great thumping, chordal ending to the Moderato is thrilling.
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