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This review is from: Dvorák - Piano Concerto. Schubert - Wanderer Fantasia (Audio CD)
Nobody, apart from perhaps Rudolf Firkusny, has made such a convincing case for the Dvorak Piano Concerto as Richter has. But Firkusny never had the benefit of working with Carlos Kleiber, who illuminates the orchestral part with so many felicitous details while at the same time sounding fresh and spontaneous. Richter's playing carries the authority one would expect from such a marvellous pianist. The Dvorak is a deceptively difficult piece - it doesn't sound particularly 'virtuosic' but is at the same time extremely difficult to play. Richter makes light of the technical difficulties in a mercurial performance that doesn't lack poise either. It's clear he loves the work.
Interestingly, Richter himself thought this recording wasn't altogether successful, saying that both he and Kleiber were tense at the time. If that was the case, I certainly don't think it shows - this, more than any other recording, makes the Dvorak sound like an A-list piece.
The Schubert Wanderer Fantasy is also a classic - only Richter has managed to capture the full terror of the outburst in the Adagio, for example. This recording is more polished and controlled than his wild (but more exciting) live recording on BBC Legends.