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Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos / Richter

Release Date: 02/13/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447420   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Conductor:  Stanislaw WislockiHerbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

We're constantly meeting Richter in the role of deeply searching musician. So how refreshing to have this reminder of his virtuosity too. [The Rachmaninov] surely qualifies as a 'great performance on record'; the CD catalogue would have been incomplete without it.

In the Rachmaninov Richter is no slave to the metronome. His opening tempo is considerably slower than the marking in the score (particularly the eight introductory bars), which involves him in rather more than a poco piu mosso between figs. 3 and 4 to get things into their proper stride. The slow movement in its turn is slower than the prescribed marking, just as the finale is much faster. Yet everything is done with such conviction that while listening you feel
Read more there could be no other way. Helped by Wislocki each movement seems to find a natural flow and to carry you along on its own tide. Second subjects yield up all their nostalgia without obtrusive rubato. And you could hardly hope to hear the finale launched with a more abandoned yet scrupulously controlled kind of scintillating brilliance. Never, though, is it playing that draws attention to itself at the orchestra's expense. Duetting with individual instruments is close, and no felicities of scoring go unmarked. As for the recorded tone, it has exceptional succulence for its age and comes over splendidly on CD.

– Joan Chissell, Gramophone [reviewing the Rachmaninov]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1959 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 34 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1900 - 1901). 
Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 36 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 

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 PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! February 7, 2014 By Katarzyna S. (Rockville, MD) See All My Reviews "I bought for myself and for presents... It is an outstanding performance by best pianist in history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Report Abuse
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