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5.0 out of 5 stars Richter in top form in Moscow in 1970's, 11 May 2014
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Stephen Churley (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schubert: Richter Plays Live [Sviatoslav Richter] [Melodiya: MELCD 1002231] (Audio CD)
Even if you have other performances of Richter playing these Schubert sonatas this set is still worth buying. Richter seems more relaxed on home turf in Moscow than at other venues such as London and Tokyo where he performed most of the same works, and his playing has that extra element of flexibility, spontaneity, risk and fire. The early sonatas and D958 are especially fine. The great G major sonata D894 is taken a little quicker than his Aldeburgh performance and lacks a little of the fierce concentration of that performance which for me is his greatest interpretation of that sonata (and a musical landmark). But overall this is a 'must have' of Richter on top form in recordings that have never been issued before to my knowledge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hear Richter at his best, 10 Oct 2014
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I'll keep this review short - there are lengthy reviews concerning venues and recording details elsewhere. I would simply say that although I have dozens of recordings of Richter already, including Denon-issued stuff from Japanese performances of Schubert at Suntory Hall and Budokan, and quite good Schubert recordings from the Salzburg Festival too, this set came as a very nice surprise. The sound is pretty decent, not the best but you forget that once the performances take you over. The playing is wonderful throughout and I'm really delighted with the whole set, it's a bargain at this price and an example of Richter pretty much at his inimitable best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it is rather wonderful that evidence of that extraordinary gift has been preserved ..., 22 Oct 2014
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There are some incredible performances here, and this is a real treasury of otherwise unobtainable recordings of live recitals given by Richter, for the most part in Moscow. There are a few oddities on the discs, including a couple of unfinished sonatas. While Schubert's Unfinished Symphony is famous, nobody warns you that the first movement of sonata D625 simply stops in the middle of a bar, while D566 is here performed in two different versions, depending on whether you believe the composer intended adding a final fourth movement - or not, as the case may be. Disc 4 consists largely of odd movements that Schubert might - or again, might not - have intended to be constituent parts of otherwise uncompleted sonatas, while the three Moments musicaux (why only three?) are among the least satisfactory performances on this disc. But all this is irrelevant. Magisterial, gripping, breath-taking performances of sonatas D664 and D894 (in the latter, Richter sounding almost as if he is playing the hushed opening of the first movement while in the grip of some visionary, trance-like state) would, even on their own, justify the relatively modest price of this four-disc set. They are old Russian recordings from the Melodiya stable; nevertheless, the sound is perfectly acceptable. But be prepared for a bit of audience noise - and, of course, rapturous applause! In live performance, Richter had an inimitable way of casting a magic spell on his audience; it is rather wonderful that evidence of that extraordinary gift has been preserved for the rest of us to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Richter issue is most wonderful. I have been a fan of him for ..., 3 Nov 2014
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This Richter issue is most wonderful. I have been a fan of him for many, many years, and this Schubert live-album from Moscow shows him at his very best. His poetic readings ar simply unparalled and the set is a must for Schubert lovers too. Do not hesitate, buy it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Sep 2014
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Changsoo RYU (New York, New YOrk United States) - See all my reviews
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excellent deal highly recommended
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