Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

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Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Post by Lance » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:40 pm

Most pianophiles know that Sviatoslav Richter was among the very finest pianists before the public. He is unquestionably the most-recorded pianist as well. Most of his best recordings are considered his live performances.

Just listening to his life recital on February 5, 1958 in Moscow, Russia ... an all-Liszt recital. Among the treasures on a West Hill Radio Archives disc (the "illegal" version in the USA of Music & Arts due to copyright laws) are three of the finest Valses Oubliées, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and a Mephisto Waltz No. 1 that my ears have ever heard. The No. 2 in A-flat Major is exceptional for the pianist's fingerwork (incredible cadences) and a most glorious tone. This is Liszt at his best and Richter right alongside him. The Mephisto, too, is ravishing beyond words. The disc [6043] also contains Liebestraumes Nos. 2 and 3, the Funérailles, the Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Melodies and the Concerto No. 2 in A major with the Hungarian State Orchestra under Janos Ferencsik on a disc almost 80 seconds in length. The concerted works were recorded in Budapest, 1961, all else, 1958. If there ever was a risk-taker playing the piano, it is all in evidence here. There is no question in my mind that at this point in time, Richter was at his absolute best, recorded just prior to his American debut.

Highly recommended in every way. (And wait until you hear the Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Melodies!).
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Re: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Post by Philip M » Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:47 am

Richter was indeed the finest pianist I ever heard - and I was lucky to hear him many times from 1970 onwards, for a quarter of a century or so.

As you say, virtually all his concerts from the mid 1980’s were recorded either by a radio station or someone in the audience. Thank goodness.

I agree with re the Hungary performances.

Incidentally, I once sat behind Nina Dorliak aka Mrs Richter at an RFH recital and noticed she had a cassette recorder in her lap, recording her husband’s recital. Obviously he liked to review his playing after a concert.

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Re: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Post by maestrob » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:48 am

Sorry, Lance, but I can't seem to find #6043 on amazon. The thread title says Hungary, but in your text you say Moscow. so I'm confused. Could you please post a link or a picture so I can find the album? Thanks!

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Re: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Post by Philip M » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:59 am

It’s here

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/p ... lays-liszt

There is also a fabulous Richter in Hungary set here

https://www.amazon.com/Richter-Hungary- ... B00354XVO0

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Re: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Post by maestrob » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:26 am

Philip M wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:59 am
It’s here

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/p ... lays-liszt

There is also a fabulous Richter in Hungary set here

https://www.amazon.com/Richter-Hungary- ... B00354XVO0

Philip
Many thanks, Philip! Both are now on my want Liszt. :wink:

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