Sviatoslav Richter

Biography

Born: March 20, 1915; Russia   Died: August 1, 1997; Russia  
Having learned the fundamentals of music from his father, Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter taught himself the piano and had already given public concerts before entering the Moscow Conservatory in 1937. While still a student, Richter won first prize at the All-Union Contest of Performers of 1945. His playing earned him considerable renown, and by the time of his graduation in 1947 he had devoted fans. In 1949 he garnered the coveted Stalin Read more Prize.
Richter gave the 1942 premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 -- the composer's first work in that form for years, and the first one he did not premiere himself. This resulted in wild acclaim for both performer and composer. Thereafter, Richter was a great proponent of Prokofiev's music, premiering also the Seventh and the Ninth Sonatas, the latter of which is dedicated to him.
Though word of Richter's excellence (and occasional poor-quality recordings) had spread outside of Russia, his foreign engagements were limited to Eastern Bloc countries (and, in one case, China) where Soviet officials felt there was reduced risk of defection. However, his 1958 performance of Prokofiev's Fifth Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra (on tour in Leningrad) generated such excitement that he was finally permitted to tour the United States, further bolstering his reputation as a virtuoso. Engagements in all of world's musical centers followed. Richter was known as a pianist of transcendent abilities, particularly adept at highlighting the nuances of different styles. Though his interests focused primarily on music of Beethoven, and Prokofiev, he was also highly regarded for his Schubert, Schumann, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel; and in the early 1960s he made a memorable recording of Benjamin Britten's Piano Concerto with the composer conducting.
Richter did not favor studio recordings; therefore, most of his recordings are from live performances. Many of them, particularly those from Soviet concerts, suffer from indifferent sound quality and excessive audience noise, but his playing had an electric quality that transcended these handicaps.
The pianist earned a reputation for being difficult and aloof. He was notoriously apt to cancel performances on whims, or arrive late without explanation or apology. However, those who heard him were rarely disappointed. He preferred intimate concert settings over big auditoriums, and thus returned many times to the Aldeburgh and Spoleto Festivals. He was the centerpiece of the Fętes Musicales, held annually beginning in 1964 at Grange de Meslay, near Tours.
Among his greatest recordings are his Schubert sonatas, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev concertos, Liszt concertos (these have the benefits of first-rate sound), and his Schumann. He has also served as a chamber musician and accompanist, playing piano duets with Britten, and accompanying Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, among others. Read less
Dvorak: Quintet And Terzett For Strings / Richter, Pikaizen, Rusin, Oistrakh, Borodin Quartet
Release Date: 10/20/2008   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 1000218   Number of Discs: 1
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Sviatoslav Richter Edition Vol 3 - Schumann
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Sviatoslav Richter Edition Vol 5 - Chopin, Saint-saens, Franck
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Catalog: 1000735   Number of Discs: 1
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Sviatoslav Richter Edition Vol 1 - Bach / Sanderling, Et Al
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Schumann: Blumenstuck, Pictures from the East, Piano Quintet / Richter
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Biography

Born: March 20, 1915; Russia   Died: August 1, 1997; Russia  
Having learned the fundamentals of music from his father, Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter taught himself the piano and had already given public concerts before entering the Moscow Conservatory in 1937. While still a student, Richter won first prize at the All-Union Contest of Performers of 1945. His playing earned him considerable renown, and by the time of his graduation in 1947 he had devoted fans. In 1949 he garnered the coveted Stalin Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. Allegro fantastico
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Molto vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio
IV. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1996 - Remaster): I. Prélude (Allegro moderato)
Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1996 - Remaster): II. Allemande (Andantino)
Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1996 - Remaster): III. Courante (Allegro)
Handel: Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Aria con variazioni : The Harmonious Blacksmith
Andante & Allegretto in C, K.404 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Andante
Andante & Allegretto in C, K.404 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Allegretto
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54 (2003 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace
Fantasia in C major D.760 (''Wandererfantasie'') (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Fantasia in C major D.760 (''Wandererfantasie'') (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Fantasia in C major D.760 (''Wandererfantasie'') (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Fantasia in C major D.760 (''Wandererfantasie'') (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16 (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 1. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1 - 1. Andante - Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.4 in C, Op.102 No.1 - 2. Adagio - Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2 - 2. Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.5 in D, Op.102 No.2 - 3. Allegro - Allegro fugato
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 1. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo/ Allegro molto piů tosto presto
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 2. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A, Op.69 - 3. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): I. Allegro
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56 (1997 - Remaster): III. Rondo all polacca
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op.37 (1985 Digital Remaster): Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op.37 (1985 Digital Remaster): Largo
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op.37 (1985 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Allegro - Presto)
Prelude
Choral -
Poco allegro - Fugue
I. Modere, tres franc
II. Assez lent, avec une expression intense -
III. Modere -
IV. Assez anime -
V. Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime -
VI. Vif
VII. Moins vif
VIII. Epilogue: Lent
No. 1. Noctuelles
No. 2. Oiseaux tristes
No. 3. Une barque sur l'ocean
No. 4. Alborada del gracioso
No. 5. La vallee des cloches
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22 (2001 Digital Remaster): Vivacissimo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22 (2001 Digital Remaster): Andantino
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22 (2001 Digital Remaster): Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op.22 (2001 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Presto)
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzino
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Intermezzo
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (2001 Digital Remaster): V. Finale
I. Allegro animato
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 2. Andante
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto e con fuoco)
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, Op.1 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 1. Allegro non troppo, ma energico
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 2. Andante con espressione
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 3. Scherzo. Allegro
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp minor, Op.2 - 4. Finale (Introduzione. Sostenuto - Allegro non troppo e rubato)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G Minor, Hob.XVI: 44 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G Minor, Hob.XVI: 44 - 2. Allegretto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob.XVI: 40 - 1. Allegretto e innocente
Haydn: Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob.XVI: 40 - 2. Presto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, Hob. XVI: 41 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, Hob. XVI: 41 - 2. Allegro di molto
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI: 48 - 1. Andante con espressione
Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI: 48 - 2. Rondo (Presto)
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Flat Major, Hob.XVI:.52 - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Flat Major, Hob.XVI:.52 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Flat Major, Hob.XVI:.52 - 3. Finale (Presto)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 1. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 3. Allegro scherzando
1. Gute Nacht
2. Die Wetterfahne
3. Gefrorne Tränen
4. Erstarrung
5. Der Lindenbaum
6. Wasserflut
7. Auf dem Flusse
8. Rückblick
9. Irrlicht
10. Rast
11. Frühlingstraum
12. Einsamkeit
13. Die Post
14. Der greise Kopf
15. Die Krähe
16. Letzte Hoffnung
17. Im Dorfe
18. Der stürmische Morgen
19. Täuschung
20. Der Wegweiser
21. Das Wirtshaus
22. Mut
23. Die Nebensonnen
24. Der Leiermann
1. Moderato
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 1. Eintritt
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 2. Jäger auf der Lauer
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 3. Einsame Blumen
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 4. Verrufene Stelle
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 5. Freundliche Landschaft
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 6. Herberge
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 7. Vogel als Prophet
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 8. Jagdlied
Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82 - 9. Abschied
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 1. Des Abends
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 2. Aufschwung
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 3. Warum?
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 5. In der Nacht
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 7. Traumes-Wirren
Schumann: 8 Fantasiestücke, Op.12 - 8. Ende vom Lied
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 - 1. Allegro con brio
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 - 2. Moderato ben accentuato
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 - 3. Toccata
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 - 4. Larghetto
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 - 5. Vivo
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 1. Moderato
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18 - 3. Allegro scherzando
Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.54 - 1. Allegro affettuoso
Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.54 - 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.54 - 3. Allegro vivace
Haydn: Piano Sonata In G Minor, H.XVI No.44 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Piano Sonata In G Minor, H.XVI No.44 - 2. Allegretto
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 In B Flat, Op.84 - 1. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante - Andante dolce come prima - Allegro
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 In B Flat, Op.84 - 2. Andante sognando
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 In B Flat, Op.84 - 3. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuoco
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Debussy: Estampes, L.100 - 1. Pagodes
Debussy: Estampes - 2. Soirée dans Grenade
Debussy: Estampes - 3. Jardins sous la pluie
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro con Brio
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Adagio
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegro
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3: IV. Allegro Assai
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: I. Presto
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: II. Largo e Mesto
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: III. Menuetto: Allegro
Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3: IV. Rondo: Allegro
Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1: I. Andante
Sonata No. 19 in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1: II. Rondo: Allegro


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