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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". 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. With the exception for one Melodyia LP, 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 program of real rarity. To sum up, this CD not only for admirers of this great pianist, but is an exciting contemporary document of a great musicians artistic preoccupations late in his career.
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925; USA
Date of Recording: 1993
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
An unusual performance! July 13, 2012
By L. Labra (Oakland, CA) See All My Reviews
"Richter is no surprise in his excellent quality sound, but Gershwin played by him, a Russian, conducted by a German, who used to be known as a pianist, and the Stuttgart Orchestra it becomes no surprise to hear Gershwin as never before. This CD brings also a wonderful interpretation of Saint-Saens. I'm, with no exaggeration, extremely pleased, not being able to find a better adjective, finding music as I have found here."