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Chopin: Four Scherzi, Selected Preludes / Svaitoslav Richter

Chopin / Richter
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1159   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A classic and best-selling recording of Richter in Tokyo. His performances of Chopin’s Four Scherzi are inescapable, his compelling style and virtuosity expressing the bold emotion and energy of these works.

“Richter is not usually thought of as a… Chopin player, and yet he strides through the four Scherzos with an abundance of technique and deftly-coloured textures that make this version a definite front-runner.” -- Gramophone

“Some marvelous playing here… [in an] assortment of Chopin Preludes from a live concert.” -- Penguin Guide
A classic and best-selling recording of Richter in Tokyo. His performances of Chopin’s Four Scherzi are inescapable, his compelling style and virtuosity expressing the bold emotion and energy of these works.

“Richter is not usually thought of as a… Chopin player, and yet he strides through the four Scherzos with an abundance of technique and deftly-coloured textures that make this version a definite front-runner.” -- Gramophone

“Some marvelous playing here… [in an] assortment of Chopin Preludes from a live concert.” -- Penguin Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
3.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
5.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
6.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 5 in D major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
9.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 8 in F sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 9 in E major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 10 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
12.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 13 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
13.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 19 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
14.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 11 in B major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
15.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
16.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 23 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
17.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 21 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Giants of the Ivory April 26, 2016 By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Any list of the 20th Century's greatest pianist is going to include Richter somewhere near the rop of the list. Likewise, any listing of great composers for the piano is going to include Chopin. So we get both of these giants in nicely recorded performances from the late 70's for a mere $10 bucks. Richter had very large hands that could produce thunderous peaks but also velvet soft passages. Glenn Gould stated that Richter was a conduit between the composer and listener leading us to ''gain the impression that we're discovering the work anew and, often, from a quite different perspective than we're accustomed to.''" Report Abuse
 RICHTER NOT A CHOPIN PLAYER? OH YEAH??? May 25, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "Many people---musicologists, critics, whatever---never thought of Sviatoslav Richter as a Chopin player. They couldn't be more wrong. I have been hearing one or another of the scherzi on my Classical Masterpieces TV channel, with Richter, and he was certainly a first-rate Chopin player, one who recognized and made the most of the disparate elements in the music, the fire and brimstone as well as the delicacy and transparency. Case in point: the third Scherzo in C-sharp minor. This is the most dramatic of the four (and one which I liked to play a lot), and it really comes through in this performance. So I went ahead and purchased this CD, and it contains not only the four scherzi but also a nice sampling of the preludes in their various moods. Yes indeed, Richter is a Chopin player and a splendid one, and those naysayers ought to be ashamed of themselves." Report Abuse
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