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Philips 50 - Sviatoslav Richter - The Sofia Recital 1958


Release Date: 03/13/2001 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464734   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyFrédéric ChopinFranz LisztFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A staggering testimony to Richter's formidable virtuosity, and in musical terms alone this disc should have its own niche in every collection!

Taped in Sofia, Bulgaria, in February 1958, this recital by Sviatoslav Richter has long been a discographic legend. Having been tremendously impressed by new digital transfers of other recordings in the "Philips 50" series, I should register at the outset a slight element of disappointment with the still limited dynamic range, variable keyboard focus, and sometimes infuriating distortion that still persists here. It may well be that the original masters were simply too primitive to improve upon, but nevertheless your ear should adjust quite readily to the sonic
Read more shortcomings of this disc, if indeed your intellect and imagination haven't already been completely seduced by the transcendent mastery of this piano playing.


Richter's interpretation of Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition is often said to be definitive, and indeed there are few (if any) rival interpretations of the original piano version of the work that can leave you totally convinced you'd rather hear this than Ravel's orchestration. Your response to the remaining works on this disc, by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninov, will be largely determined by subjective considerations. The two Schubert Impromptus and the Moment Musical in C, the first of the D780 set, are possibly the most emotionally searching and lyrically intense performances of these pieces ever committed to disc. Personally, I find Richter's almost painful intensity disconcerting, and the same also could be said for his performance of the Chopin Étude in E Op. 10 No. 3.


The Liszt pieces are a staggering testimony to Richter's formidable virtuosity, and in musical terms alone this disc should have its own niche in every collection! Incidentally, this material was last issued in a two-disc package from the Philips "Great Pianists of the 20th Century" series, alongside Richter's performances of Prokofiev's piano sonatas Nos. 6, 7, and 8, though their absence from this latest reissue of the Sofia recital shouldn't deter you from obtaining these recordings if you missed them previously.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 30 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 5, Feux follets by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 11, Harmonies du soir by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 1 in C major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 2 in A flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 12 in G sharp minor, Allegro by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1958 
Venue:  Live  Sofia, Bulgaria 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo rustico, senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Gnomus.Sempre vivo
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade.Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Old Castle - Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Tuileries Gardens.Allegretto non troppo troppo,capriccioso
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Bydlo.Sempre moderato,pesante
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade.Tranquillo - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Ballet of the Chickens in Their Shells
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle.Andante.Grave-energico - Andantino
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: Promenade.Allegro giusto,nel modo russico, poco sostenuto - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Market-place at Limoges.Allegretto vivo,sempre scherzando - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Catacombs (Sepulchrum romanum) - Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga).Allegro con brio,feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto - attacca
Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano: The Great Gate of Kiev.Allegro alla breve.Maestoso.Con grandezza
6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780: No.1 in C (Moderato)
Impromptu in E flat, D.899 No.2
Impromptu in A flat, D.899 No.4
12 Etudes, Op.10: No. 3. in E "Tristesse"
Valse oubliée No.1 in F sharp, S.215
Valse oubliée No.2 in A flat, S.215
12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139: No.5 Feux follets (Allegretto)
12 Etudes d'exécution transcendante, S.139: No.11 Harmonies du soir (Andantino)
Prélude in G sharp minor, Op.32, No.12

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