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Sviatoslav Richter In The 1950s, Vol. 6


Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Parnassus Records   Catalog #: 96025   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Spoken WordAlexander BorodinAnatole LiadovAlexander Glazunov,   ... 
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Never before issued performances.

It was nearly seven years ago that I reviewed the first four in this series of discs from Parnassus (see review) and here we are, all these years later, with volume six. Most of the disc derives from a previously unreleased April 1952 recital given in Moscow, and that is supplemented by two other performances. Leslie Gerber’s notes express puzzlement as to the actual circumstances of the recital on 4 April, surmising that as it lasted about an hour it wasn’t likely to have been a complete concert, but was possibly a ‘tryout’ after a period of inactivity.

Whatever the exact
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The sequence that follows will be well enough known to admirers of the pianist. The noble outer sections of Glazunov’s Nocturne surround a passionately declamatory central section, whilst the Rachmaninov Etude-tableau is dynamic and tempestuous. His Rachmaninov is familiar, indeed also familiar from Parnassus - check PACD 96-001/002 for another performance of the Prelude in G sharp minor. He plays the Prokofiev Rondo with wintry wit, and then embarks on his favoured movements from the same composer’s Visions fugitives. If you know your Parnassus you’ll know that they have issued a similar sequence from a later, April 1958 recital (see the cited disc above for the number) and this earlier performance is just as richly characterised. That same disc also housed the Five Pieces from Cinderella from April 1958; Richter proves a touch quicker in the 1952 recital. More Liadov, and first class Scriabin follow. Especially good to have though is the Schubert-Liszt Erlkönig and the Chopin, which is apparently also new to his discography. The last two date from separate concerts given in 1949 and 1952 respectively.

There is a wealth of live Richter around but this one offers inducement in the shape of apparently never before issued performances. If you’ve already invested in the first five discs in this series, a sixth would seem to be a necessary purchase.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Petite Suite for Piano: no 1, Au couvent by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Petite Suite for Piano: no 2, Mazurka in C major by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Petite Suite for Piano: no 6, Sérénade by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Canzonetta, for piano, Op. 48 by Anatole Liadov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Written: 1899 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Etude for Piano in F major, Op. 37 by Anatole Liadov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1895; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 37 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 9 in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 52: no 2, Rondo by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Pieces (3) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 95: no 2, Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Pieces (10) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 97: no 3, Autumn fairy by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Pieces (10) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 97: no 6, Orientalia by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102: no 1, Grand Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102: no 3, The Quarrel by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
14.
Musical snuffbox, Op. 32 by Anatole Liadov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1893; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
Mazurkas (9) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in E minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16.
Etudes (8) for Piano, Op. 42: no 2 in D flat major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17.
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: 04/04/1952 
Venue:  Moscow 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
18.
Erlkönig (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 4 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; France 
Date of Recording: 12/08/1949 
Venue:  Moscow 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
19.
Prelude for Piano in C sharp minor, B 141/Op. 45 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1952 
Venue:  Moscow 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 3, Allegretto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
21.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 4, Animato by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
22.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 5, Molto giocoso by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
23.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 8, Commodo by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
24.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 9, Allegretto tranquillo by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
25.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 6, Con eleganza by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
26.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 11, Con vivacità by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
27.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 14, Feroce by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
28.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 15, Inquieto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
29.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 18, Con una dolce lentezza by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 

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