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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent spontaneous performances, 4 April 2014
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This review is from: Chopin: Ballades, Etudes, Nocturnes, Polonaise-Fantasie (Audio CD)
Richter is well-known to have disliked studio recordings. He is said to have been at his best in public concerts rather than in studios. (But, I have a fairly large number of his excellent studio recordings.)

We are lucky to be able to listen to these live recordings of selected works of Chopin, made in Prague between 1960 and 1988. Here we have ballades (all 4), 7 etudes, 2 nocturnes and 1 polonaise (Polonaise-fantasie). Of these, I like ballades and nocturnes best. Ballade No.1 is passionately played, making all the recordings of the work by other pianists I have collected sound rather bland.

I would describe these performances "spontaneous". Being live recordings, there are sometimes slightly untidy moments. But, it's a price to pay for such excellent performances.

The sound of this hybrid SACD, produced from live broadcast master tapes, is variable but on the whole not too bad. It is occasionally too resonant and a little rough. But, the listener will still be able to enjoy the artistry of this great pianist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic playing, 15 Jan. 2014
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There is much Chopin around and some is more lyrical but the power and skill of Richter is hard to match.
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Chopin: Ballades, Etudes, Nocturnes, Polonaise-Fantasie
Chopin: Ballades, Etudes, Nocturnes, Polonaise-Fantasie by Svjatoslav Richter (Audio CD - 2012)
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