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Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven And Chopin In Moscow

Richter / Beethoven
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Parnassus (Dvd)   Catalog #: 1201  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Program 1: Beethoven
Program 2: Chopin
Playable on all players issued post 2000
Running Time 125 minutes

For its first DVD, Parnassus presents live performances of Sviatoslav Richter never before available in the West. These videos, filmed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in October of 1976, show Richter in his prime playing as a soloist in front of an audience.

The Beethoven program includes the Sonatas Nos. 1, 7, 9, and 12, and the Bagatelle, Op. 126, No. 1, played as an encore. The First Sonata was performed on October 10, the remainder on October 15. However the October 15 program also
Read more opened with the First Sonata so it is essentially complete.

The remainder of the disc includes Chopin performances from October 15, including the Polonaise- Fantaisie, the Scherzo No. 4, two Waltzes, four Mazurkas, and the Etude Op. 25 No. 7.

The video quality of these recordings is limited by the characteristics of Soviet film stock, resulting in a somewhat grainy image. They have been carefully remastered from the best available sources. The sound quality is fine, in stereo throughout.

Few videos of Richter have been issued, and most of those available show Richter in his later years. This release is the only full-length program of Richter from the 1970s issued on DVD.
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Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126: no 1, Andante con moto in G major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Paris, France 
Polonaise-fantaisie for Piano in A flat major, B 159/Op. 61 by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Poland 

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