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Saint-Saens & Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Richter


Release Date: 03/17/2017 
Label:  Swr Music   Catalog #: 19407  
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsGeorge Gershwin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording of the 1993 Schwetzingen Festival has already achieved cult status. The then, 78 year old Sviatoslav Richter plays for the first and last time in public Gershwin's jazzy Concerto in F-sharp. Gershwin's works had always been suspect under the Soviet regime. All the more surprising was Richter's decision to perform this work in his maturity. Needless to say, Richter never made a formal, studio recording of this work. It is not only a unique recording, but also a document of Richter's expansive interest in all musical repertoires than came under his purview. The Fifth Piano Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns was eclipsed by the same composer's more popular "Second" Concerto throughout Richter's performing career. Read more With the exception of one album, he never again recorded this work and there is no record that he ever again performed it internationally. With this concert, there can be no dispute that we are dealing with a real rarity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 103 "Egyptian" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
2.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 

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