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Dvorák: Piano Concerto / Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy Import

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  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
  • Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Composer: Antonin Dvorák, Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00002438V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. First movement: Allegro agitato
  2. Second movement: Andante sostenuto
  3. Third movement: Allegro con fuoco
  4. I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
  5. II. Adagio
  6. III. Presto
  7. IV. Allegro

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The rare and noble alliance of Sviatoslav Richter and Carlos Kleiber is formidably eloquent in making a case for Dvořák symphonically conceived Piano Concerto, here performed in the composer’s original version, rather than the adaptation made by Vilém Kurz. It is complemented by a work for solo piano, Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, in which Richter again displays his masterly sense for musical architecture.

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Richter plays Dvorak Piano Concerto with warm affection and admirable technical polish. The way he captures the rapt serenity of the slow movement is simply magical. The outer movements glow with poetic beauty and rich tonal colours.

Wanderer-Fantasy, played with penetrating tone and uncompromising technical refinement, receives Lisztian rendition; not a hint of sentimentalism, but radiant with transcendental beauty.

Relatively good stereo recordings, beautifully remastered.
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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.
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Richter was very fond of the Dvorak concerto and always played the original version. On his first visit to Britain in 1961 it was the first concerto he played, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kiril Kondrashin in the Albert Hall. On that visit Philips recorded studio performances of the Liszt Concertos which the same artists also played in concert, but unfortunately not the Dvorak. So far as I know, this recording made in Munich for the work's centenary in the 1970s is the only time Richter made a studio recording of it, so it is disappointing that a more appropriate orchestra and conductor were not employed. The Czech conductor Karel Ancerl once said that the first thing he had to do when conducting Dvorak with a German orchestra was to persuade them how NOT to play it, and this is what doesn't seem to have happened here. Richter plays the solo part beautifully, but as soon as the orchestra enters the style becomes inflated and pompous, quite the wrong thing for Dvorak's music in general and this concerto in particular. Kleiber is certainly efficient enough, and the orchestra seems to be a good one, but even Richter himself seems a bit inhibited by the circumstances, and the recording is a little below standard for the period - not as clear as the Liszt made fifteen or so years earlier, for example. Apparently Richter himself was very dissatisfied by the atmosphere during the recording and by the result, and this is not surprising.

Recordings of live performances by Richter in the Dvorak Concerto do exist - the LSO / Kondrashin one mentioned above (download now available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005QJ1R7U/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1390567951&sr=8-2), one made in Prague with Vaclav Smetacek and also one with Yevgeni Svetlanov.
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