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The Very Best Of Sviatoslav Richter

Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 21740   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelRobert SchumannFranz SchubertJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterMikhail KopelmanValentin BerlinskyDmitri Shebalin,   ... 
Conductor:  Lovro von MatacicLorin MaazelRiccardo Muti
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first CD begins with a live recording from the 1979 Tours Festival of Handel’s Keyboard Suite No.5 in E, whose finale is known as ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith. After this comes another live recording, this time it is a delightful short piece by Mozart – Andante and Allegretto in C for violin and piano, believed to be intended as movements of an unfinished sonata – in which Richter is joined by the Russian violinist Oleg Kagan, whose career was tragically cut short by cancer. Staying with Mozart, Richter next performs the opening movement of the Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat K482, followed by the third movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor known as ‘The Tempest’. This was the first recording that the Soviet authorities Read more allowed Richter to make in the West. Next we hear two works by Schumann: the finale from Faschingsschwank aus Wien (‘Carnival Joke from Vienna’) and the whole of his Piano Concerto in A minor, which has been described as ‘one of the most brilliant jewels in the diadem of Romantic piano literature.’ CD 2 begins with another great masterwork for piano from the Romantic period: Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, which is followed by the delightful Theme and Variations from Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, in which Richter is joined by the double bass player Georg Hörtnagel and members of the Borodin Quartet. Next we hear the romantic third movement of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto followed in complete contrast by the first movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.5. In 1940, while still a student, Richter had given the world premiere of the Sonata No. 6 by Sergei Prokofiev, a composer with whose works Richter was ever after associated. The programme ends with a complete performance of one of the most popular concertos in the entire piano repertoire: Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Read less

Works on This Recording

Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Venue:  Live  Tours Festival, Château de Marcilly-sur- 
Length: 12 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: 5. Finale by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Milan 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Venue:  Palais Garnier, Monte Carlo, Monaco 
Length: 30 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 20 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Piano Quintet in A, D 667 'Trout': 4. Tema (Andantino) con variazioni by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mikhail Kopelman (Violin), Valentin Berlinsky (Cello), Dmitri Shebalin (Viola),
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1980 
Venue:  Schloss Hohenems, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3rd movement, Andante-Piů adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Piano Concerto No. 5 in G, Op. 55: 1. Allegro con brio by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931-1932 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Venue:  Palais Garnier, Monte Carlo, Monaco 
Length: 28 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 404 (385d) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Live  Grange de la Besnardičre, Fętes Musicale 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482: 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Live  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest": 3rd movement, Allegretto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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