S. RICHTER Pianist of the Century

SVIATOSLAV RICHTER
Pianist of the Century

Complete Solo & Concerto
Recordings on
on Deutsche Grammophon
J.S. Bach · Beethoven · Chopin · Debussy
Haydn · Mozart · Prokofiev · Rachmaninov
Schubert · Schumann · Scriabin
Tchaikovsky
Int. Release 04 May. 2009
9 CDs / Download
0289 477 8122 6
CD ADD 0289 477 8122 6 GB 9


Track List

CD 1: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
4 Marches, Op.76

Waldszenen, Op.82

8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12

13.
0:00
3:19

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time 45:22

CD 2: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Piano Concerto No.5 in G Major, Op.55

8.
0:00
5:06

Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Total Playing Time 55:59

CD 3: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

13 Préludes, Op.32

10 Preludes, Op.23

10 Preludes, Op.23

10 Preludes, Op.23

10 Preludes, Op.23

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time 53:04

CD 4: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Sviatoslav Richter, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Noveletten, Op.21

Toccata In C Major, Op.7

6.
0:00
6:35

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time 57:33

CD 5: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Piano Sonata in G Minor, Hob. XVI:44

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Préludes / Book 1, L. 117

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time 59:48

CD 6: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH 55

Sviatoslav Richter, Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time 36:11

CD 7: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Rondo in B flat for piano & orchestra, WoO6

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Kadenz: Ludwig van Beethoven

3.
0:00
10:02

Sviatoslav Richter, Wiener Symphoniker, Kurt Sanderling

Total Playing Time 45:25

CD 8: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
12 Etudes, Op.10

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Estampes, L. 100

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Piano Sonata No.5 in F sharp major, Op.53

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time 53:35

CD 9: Sviatoslav Richter - Complete DG Solo / Concerto Recordings

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
17 Landler, D.366

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Visions fugitives, Op.22

Sviatoslav Richter

Total Playing Time 54:54

This is an outstanding issue, not only for some wonderful pianism and illuminating musicianship, but also for the superb presentation. In a handsome box, DG presents the nine LPs that Sviatoslav Richter recorded for this company between 1956 and 1962 as a solo artist and a concerto collaborator. The recordings are presented in chronological order of release and replicated as they were first issued, each CD (an exact mirror of the respective LP) presented in a sleeve that reproduces the original artwork (front and back). Lovely! The booklet, annotated by Jeremy Siepmann, gives plenty of desirable data that the collector will delight in . . . Richter was a visceral and velvety interpreter of Schumann; there is much here that is exquisite and searching . . . A super set, then, capped by excellent re-mastering that doesn¿t attempt to take too much hiss away and thus avoids the contamination and detritus that usually ensues when transfer engineers only have ears to clean everything to buggery!

If any one group of piano recordings could be cited as the most widely influential of the 20th century, then the nine LPs Richter made for Deutsche Grammophon from 1957 to 1965 would probably have to be it . . . His complexity, as a man and as an artist . . . we had gleaned from his recordings -- very largely those reissued in this treasurable set. Here we have what many still regard as "the" performance of Schumann's Toccata, and accounts of the F major Novelette and the wonderful G major Introduction and Allegro which helped to shape a new generations' concept of what Schumann was all about. The present performances of Prokofiev's fifth concerto and Rachmaninov's second . . . have been regarded by many as definitive for half a century . . . the range of his sympathies was enormous. His Debussy was in a class of its own (Estampes here is one of the great miracles of modern pianism, its tonal palette and rhythmic perfection almost defying belief), and he was one of the first great virtuosos seriously to champion Haydn . . .

Nul n'avait jamais entendu une telle perfection technique, doublée d'une folle incandescence, le tout nimbé de quelque chose de magique, de mystérieux, d'insaisissable, dans le ton et la sonorité -- le légende est née. . . . Un programme sans équivalent rapprochant un Mozart (KV 466) débarrassé de tout effet, dessentimentalisé au possible, et un Prokofiev (Concerto no 5) lumineux, radieux, presque gracieux : le mande à l'envers ! Puis ce sera un 2e de Rachmaninov d'une douleur altière, complété par six fabuleux Préludes que Richter paraît improviser, en état de grâce -- peut-être son tout meilleur disque. Et un concerto de Schumann d'une virtuosité inconnue jusqu'alors, mélange de précision chirurgicale, d'engagement personnel et de distanciation extraordinaire. . . . Des extraits du "Clavier bien tempéré" comme taillés dans le marbre, une sonate de Haydn blanche comme la lune, des Chopin comme dans un rêve (la plus belle "Ballade no 4" au monde), des Debussy fantomatiques ("Estampes") et les célèbres "Sonates no 5" de Scriabine et 8e de Prokofiev dont on attend toujours l'équivalent moderne. On passera sous silence la rencontre avec Karajan dans Tchaïkovsky, tentative commerciale de concilier deux mondes opposées et le Concerto no 3 de Beethoven avec un Sanderling bien sec, pour ne retenir que l'image du génie à l'¿vre qui, en dynamitant tous les codes interprétatifs, nous aura appris ce qu'est vraiment le piano.