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This review is from: Beethoven: Sonata No.3/ 29 (Bagatelles Op. 126) (Sviatoslav Richter) (ICA Classics: ICAC 5084) (Audio CD)
This single disc is a recital Richter gave in 1975 at the Festival Hall, London. I listened to it on the radio at the time. I was envious of my in-laws who were actually at the concert. The whole concert is on the disc. There is a simply tremendous performance of the Beethoven Hammerklavier which must be one of the greatest ever committed to disc. Richter's control, drama, sense of line are all incredible. Unfortunately the disc does not have room for the encore he played at the time which was to repeat the final movement of the Hammerklavier. There was a lot of comment made about it at the time but it has not found its way onto this disc which is produced by ICA. The rest of the recital is tremendous so the disk remains a must have for Beethoven and Richter enthusiasts. Or simply for lovers of great piano playing.