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Rare Sviatoslav Richter Schumann collaborations ...

Post by Lance » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:11 pm

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Sviatoslav Richter Archives - Volume 13
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 [29:42]
USSR State Orchestra, George Georgescu, conductor
(Recorded live, Moscow, April 17 1958)
Schumann: Etudes on Caprices by Paganini, Op. 10/4,5,6 [16:12]
(Recorded live, Takasaki, October 16, 1986)
Schumann: Märchenbilder for Viola & Piano, Op. 113 [15:43]
with Yuri, Bashmet, viola
(Recorded live, Moscow, December 13 1985)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke for Cello & Piano, Op. 73 [10:45]
with Pierre Fournier, cello
(Recorded live, Tours, July 3, 1969)

This one's been around for a while. I pick up the Doremi Richter archives whenever I can, especially if I can get a deal on them. Collaborations with some artists involving Richter are quite rare, such as his participation with the celebrated French cellist, Pierre Fourner, probably the rarest collaboration on this disc. It was recorded 'from the audience' meaning it is not of broadcast quality. Still, the interplay of piano and cello is quite wonderful to hear. Richter breathes so beautifully with Fournier, whose tone is lush and rich. The collaboration with violist Yuri Bashmet is much more natural sounding and was recorded more realistically. The great Schumann concerto offers a strange-sounding oboist who introduces the first theme. At this point, 1958, Richter was in his absolute prime. His playing has a commanding characteristic and is expressive. Technically, it is near perfection. Also, excellent sound for a live 1958 recording from Moscow. Schumann, like Liszt and other composers, was entanced by the music of Nicolo Paganini and here we have three of Schumann's Op. 10 Etudes based on Paganini's violin caprices and like Liszt, Schumann milks these for all they are worth. The Paganini/Schumann pieces have never enjoyed the fame of those by Liszt but are worthy of hearing and are highly virtuosic in their own right. What an infectious singing line Richter brings to this music, particularly in the Etude No. 4 (Maestoso), with some of the thanks going to a splendidly voiced concert grand piano. Each of these Paganini Etudes is a musical gem under Richter's hands and is worth the price of this disc alone. Very impressive Schumann on this entire disc. Jacob Harnoy's remastering is effectively accomplished. ♫
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Re: Rare Sviatoslav Richter Schumann collaborations ...

Post by Chalkperson » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:37 pm

Alto just released a beautifully re-mastered disc containing Schubert's Piano Sonatas - Nos. 13+14 and two Impromptus, it was recorded live in Japan and is one of his finest discs, it was previously available on Olympia...and, it's only eight bucks... :D

http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Sonatas-13- ... 47&sr=1-18
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Post by Lance » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:01 pm

I have all the original Olympias. One has to really stay on one's toes to watch for reissues on other labels.
Chalkperson wrote:Alto just released a beautifully re-mastered disc containing Schubert's Piano Sonatas - Nos. 13+14 and two Impromptus, it was recorded live in Japan and is one of his finest discs, it was previously available on Olympia...and, it's only eight bucks... :D

http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Sonatas-13- ... 47&sr=1-18
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Post by gperkins151 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:00 pm

Nice to see some Richter fans here. :D

I surveyed all of the available recordings of Richter playing Schubert sonatas. If you guys are interested I could dig up the info/reviews and start a thread here.
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Post by Lance » Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:15 am

George, that would be wonderful. I am a HUGE Richter fan. No matter how many recordings they keep issuing, I'm game for them. It's called Richter Disease, and this one won't kill you! It may kill one's bank account however! Richter Disease is also contagious! So, please start a Richter/Schubert Sonata thread!
gperkins151 wrote:Nice to see some Richter fans here. :D

I surveyed all of the available recordings of Richter playing Schubert sonatas. If you guys are interested I could dig up the info/reviews and start a thread here.
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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:16 am

gperkins151 wrote:Nice to see some Richter fans here. :D

I surveyed all of the available recordings of Richter playing Schubert sonatas. If you guys are interested I could dig up the info/reviews and start a thread here.
Sure, we'll see which ones you maybe don't have...there are at least four or five very serious Richter Collectors here...
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Re: Rare Sviatoslav Richter Schumann collaborations ...

Post by Ken » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:48 am

I would love to hear the Märchenbilder with Bashmet... Two legendary instrumental interpreters collaborating on one of my favourite works by my favourite composer...
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Re: Rare Sviatoslav Richter Schumann collaborations ...

Post by gperkins151 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:32 am

OK, I will get that started sometime this week.

Yes, I got the disease. Funny thing too, is that there was a time, not very long ago, when I didn't see what all the fuss was about with Richter. But as with other revered pianists that I didn't connect with right away (Kempff, Sofronitsky, Hoffman, Moiseiwitsch, Fiorentino, Rudolf Serkin) I persisted, hoping that I would begin to hear what so many other were hearing. Of course, I absolutely did connect and now I own more CDs by Richter than any other single pianist. A great body of work and I feel that it is his Schubert that is the most special to me, that's why I have sought out of the commercial recordings of his Schubert sonata performances.

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Lance wrote:George, that would be wonderful. I am a HUGE Richter fan. No matter how many recordings they keep issuing, I'm game for them. It's called Richter Disease, and this one won't kill you! It may kill one's bank account however! Richter Disease is also contagious! So, please start a Richter/Schubert Sonata thread!
gperkins151 wrote:Nice to see some Richter fans here. :D

I surveyed all of the available recordings of Richter playing Schubert sonatas. If you guys are interested I could dig up the info/reviews and start a thread here.
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