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Piano Trio D929
Piano Trio D929

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest I've ever heard!, 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Piano Trio D929 (Audio CD)
Altenberg Trio Vienna. I had never heard of this ensemble and the only reason I bought this CD was that it was sold for only £1 by a Amazon market place shop. Great surprise, it turned out to be the best recording of the Op.100 Trio I've ever come across.

There are surprisingly few good recordings available for such an iconic chamber work. None of them satisfy me including the over-rated Beaux Arts version, Eugene Istomin version with squeaky violin of Isaac Stern and the sensitive but somehow under-expressive Florestan Trio.

This one's got the electrifying atmosphere of live performance, which is deeply expressive and very refined at the same time. The piano is finely balanced with the violin and the cello, neither too close nor too far. Perfectly centred intonation of the string instruments gives the performance a solid coherence which enhances the sense of expressive freedom in return. The recording quality is superb with hardly any noise at all from the audience (I thought it was a studio recording at first).


Altenberg Trio Wien/Piano Trio D929/Notturno D879
Altenberg Trio Wien/Piano Trio D929/Notturno D879

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Recording of Trio D929, 6 Dec. 2012
Altenberg Trio Vienna. I had never heard of this ensemble and the only reason I bought this CD was that it was sold for only £1 by a Amazon market place shop. Great surprise, it turned out to be the best recording of the Op.100 Trio I've ever come across.

There are surprisingly few good recordings available for such an iconic chamber work. None of them satisfy me including the over-rated Beaux Arts version, Eugene Istomin version with squeaky violin of Isaac Stern and the sensitive but somehow under-expressive Florestan Trio.

This one's got the electrifying atmosphere of live performance, which is deeply expressive and very refined at the same time. The piano is finely balanced with the violin and the cello, neither too close nor too far. Perfectly centred intonation of the string instruments gives the performance a solid coherence which enhances the sense of expressive freedom in return. The recording quality is superb with hardly any noise at all from the audience (I thought it was a studio recording at first).
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Schubert: Trio for Piano......
Schubert: Trio for Piano......

5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest I've ever heard!!, 6 Dec. 2012
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Altenberg Trio Vienna. I had never heard of this ensemble and the only reason I bought this CD was that it was sold for only £1 by a Amazon market place shop. Great surprise, it turned out to be the best recording of the Op.100 Trio I've ever come across.

There are surprisingly few good recordings available for such an iconic chamber work. None of them satisfy me including the over-rated Beaux Arts version, Eugene Istomin version with squeaky violin of Isaac Stern and the sensitive but somehow under-expressive Florestan Trio.

This one's got the electrifying atmosphere of live performance, which is deeply expressive and very refined at the same time. The piano is finely balanced with the violin and the cello, neither too close nor too far. Perfectly centred intonation of the string instruments gives the performance a solid coherence which enhances the sense of expressive freedom in return. The recording quality is superb with hardly any noise at all from the audience (I thought it was a studio recording at first).


Richter Plays Chopin
Richter Plays Chopin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Moscow Chopin Recitals, 27 Nov. 2012
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Captivating live recordings of Chopin's solo piano works played by Richter with striking contrasts and his incomparable transcendental pianism. Not the kind of Chopin playing that would please competition juries.

1. Polonaise-fantaisie Op.61
2. Waltz in F Major, Op.34, No.3
3. Waltz in D Op.70 no.3
4. Mazurka in C Sharp Minor, Op.63, No.3
5. Mazurka in C Op.67 no.3
6. Mazurka in F Op.68 no.3
7. Mazurka in a Minor Op.posth
8. Etude C-sharp Minor Op.25 No.7
9. Scherzo No. 4 in E, Op.54
10-12. 3 Nocturnes Op.15
13. Nocturne Op.62 No.2
14. Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor Op.72 No.1
15. Etude Op.10 No.4

Live recording in Moscow, 26 May 1967 (13&14), 6 Oct 1971 (10-12), 10 Oct 1976 (1-9&15).


Rossini: Semiramide Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto, Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Rossini: Semiramide Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto, Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glowing performance by Richter, 24 Nov. 2012
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I bought this CD for the live recording of Schumann's piano concerto played by Richter in Salzburg, 17 Aug 1972. Vividly recorded and brilliantly accompanied by VPO, I must say, this is one of the most electrifying and inspired performances of the concerto. Rubinstein once remarked that Richter made the piano sound quite different from other pianists. Here is a good example of that. The pure ringing tone penetrates even the orchestra's tutti playing and glows in trance-like serenity in slow passages.


Richter Plays Prokofiev
Richter Plays Prokofiev
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable, 23 Nov. 2012
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The front artwork says 'first time on CD'. Live recording in Moscow, 1961 (Sonata No.2), 1979 (Sonata No.9, Legend No.6, Visions fugitive No.6&18, Landscape No.2, Valse from War and Peace).

These are highly imaginative and gripping performances by Richter at the hight of his career, technically phenomenal, commanding wide range of tonal colours. Recording quality is fairly good except for Sonata No.2.


Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach playing of profound beauty, 20 Nov. 2012
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This is the reissue of the same recording of 1969 Moscow recital released on Russia Revelation CDs. It is the total opposite of the cosmetically pleasing, yet superficial Bach playing of Angela Hewitt and the like. There is a sense of a miracle in the making throughout the recital, Richter plays as if praying. Pure music. Nothing else stands in the way.


Bartok; Complete String Quartets
Bartok; Complete String Quartets
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Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply expressive yet coherent performances, 20 Oct. 2012
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I've listened to many recordings of Bartok's six string quartets, but found non of them very satisfying. The problem is that often many ensembles put too much emphasis on expressiveness of the music at the cost of coherence as a quartet. In the worst cases two violins become so unbearably overpowering that viola and cello are constantly pushed in the background.

Talich Quartet manages a perfect marriage of expressiveness and the coherency, but their recordings are sadly out of print at this moment. Another ensemble who manages to achieve an amazing level of expressive intensity without compromising the integrity of the ensemble is Guarneri Quartet as these stereo recordings, made between 1975 and 1976, testify. These are the kind performances that grip your attention throughout and take you deep into the dark and unique soundscape of Bartok's chamber masterpieces. The 70s' stereo sound has warm and vivid presence. Only problem is that whoever edited the tracks forgot to create enough gaps between pieces and you have no idea where you are if you listen to the music first time.
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Richter Plays Liszt: Live from Moscow & Budapest
Richter Plays Liszt: Live from Moscow & Budapest
Price: £16.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Liszt Performances, 15 Oct. 2012
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These performances by Richter are the supreme hight of transcendental pianism and Liszt personified. No other pianists play Liszt with such ardent Romanticism, the sense of ecstasy and the tonal beauty verging on the miraculous (I sometimes wonder if Liszt himself could play like this). Listen, for example, to the superlative performances of 2nd Concerto or Hungarian Fantasy or to the almost frightening technical command in Mephisto Waltz No.1. Unlike today's so called virtuoso pianists (a lot emerging from China recently), Richter's virtuosity carries no hint of athletic showmanship or empty flamboyance, but serves music through and through. It is a cliché, but Richter nullifies himself in music.

1 Liebestraume No. 2. Nocturne in E flat major
2 Liebestraume No. 3. Nocturne in A flat major
3 Valse oubliee No. 1
4 Valse oubliee No. 2
5 Valse oubliee No. 3
6 Mephisto Waltz No.1

Live, 5 Feb. 1958 Moscow

7 Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes "Hungarian Fantasy"
8 Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

Live, 27 Sept. 1961 Budapest (with Janos Ferencsik)

9 Harmonies poetiques et religieuses No.7. Funerailles

Live, 11 Feb. 1958 Budapest


Glen Gould in Concert
Glen Gould in Concert
Price: £45.71

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Glenn Gould, 15 Oct. 2012
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The first thing that strikes me, listening to all these recordings, is the sheer intensity of expression in the live performances. What an extraordinary communicator Glenn Gould was in front of audience! All the great pianists like Richter, Rubinstein or William Kapell had the amazing ability to penetrate right into the essence of music and communicate it to listeners with such immediacy and intimacy, Gould was in the same league.

And, what an outstanding concerto player he was! Listen to the performance of Weber's Concert Stuck in Fm, when Gould was only 18 years old, which out-dazzles even Horowitz or the magnificent performances of Emperor Concerto and Brahms' 1st Concerto, which reveal unexpected detail of the scores and are full of inspired moments (and in line with more orthodox interpretation). How deeply passionate he was, not only in such repertoire, but also in atonal music by Schoenberg, Webern and Krenek. The audience may not have understood the music, but the excitement is palpable. Gould loathed the whole aspects of public performance, but it makes you wonder how he might have developed as an artist if he had not abandoned his concert career.

6CDs contain various live recordings which were either previously unreleased or only available among limited circles of collectors. The recording quality is surprisingly good (except the distortion in one track from Schoenberg's Suite for piano) if you consider these are either broadcast or private recordings made between early 50s and 60s. Comes with very informative and interesting booklet with notes by Kevin Bazzana and lots of photos.

CD1

Bach:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Previously unreleased. Vancouver Festival, July/23/1958

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Oct/5/1958 Swedish RSO, G.L. Jochum

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056

Toronto, Sep/11/1957 CBC SO, Goldschmidt

CD2

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Previously unreleased. Oct/13/1960 Detroit SO, Paul Paray

Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Previously unreleased. Vancouver; July/23/1958

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Previously unreleased. Apr/4/1959 NYPSO, Leonard Bernstein

CD3

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Oct/13/1960 Detroit SO, Paul Paray

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Stratford Aug/7/1960 (with Leonard Rose)

Piano Trio No.4 'Ghost'

Stratford Festival Aug/7/1960 (with L.Rose & Oscar Shumsky)

CD4

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Nov/6/1960 Buffalo PO, J. Krips

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Vienna, June 7, 1957

Weber: Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Mar/6/1951 Toronto SO, Ernest MacMillan

CD5

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Previously unreleased. Oct/8/1959 Winnipeg SO, Victor Feldbrill

Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42

Previously unreleased. Nov/26/1959 Cleveland Orchestra, Louis Lane

CD6

Krenek: Sonata No. 3 for Piano, Op. 92, No. 4

Previously unreleased. Leningrad Conservatory; May/19/1957

Schoenberg:

Klavierstücke (3), Op. 11 Previously unreleased. Toronto; Oct/4/1952

15 Gedichte aus Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, Op. 15

Previously unreleased. Vancouver 8/2/1960, with Kerstin Meyer (mezzo-soprano)

Suite for Piano, Op. 25 (Previously unreleased. Toronto; Oct/4/1952)

Webern: Variations, Op. 27

Previously unreleased. Leningrad Conservatory; May/19/1957
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