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Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 17411   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz SchubertRobert SchumannWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Sviatoslav RichterOleg KaganValentin BerlinskyGeorg Hörtnagel,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo MutiHerbert von KarajanLorin MaazelCarlos Kleiber,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String QuartetPhilharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 15 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Keeping track of EMI’s countless Sviatoslav Richter reissues and re-couplings amounted to a full time job until 2008, when this 14-disc collection appeared. The transfers largely stem from EMI’s most recent remasterings. While nothing here is new to CD, certain items haven’t been internationally available for years, like the dutiful, repeat-laden Schubert “Trout” Quintet with the members of the Borodin Quartet; both Bartók and Brahms Second concertos featuring Richter in top form against a swimmy Orchestre de Paris; and one of the most painstaking and committed Berg Chamber Concerto traversals on disc, complete with a rare (and frankly superfluous) long third-movement repeat.

Richter was justly proud of the Berg,
Read more although he had nothing but bad things to say about the endlessly reissued Beethoven Triple Concerto with Oistrakh, Rostropovich, and Karajan. However, Richter’s translucent and meticulous Beethoven playing occurs in the Andante Favori, and in the Op. 2 No. 1 and Op. 10 No. 3 sonatas, while the pianist’s 1977 Third concerto with Riccardo Muti is altogether warmer and more lyrically inflected compared to his earlier DG version. Also present are the Richter-only contributions from a joint Handel Suites cycle with Andrei Gavrilov, the impassioned and sensitive collaboration with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Brahms’ Die schöne Magalone, the super-clear yet somewhat stolid Dvorák Piano Concerto (I prefer Richter’s faster, lighter live London performance with Kondrashin, broadcast on the BBC), and a literal, joyless Mozart K. 482 concerto where Richter opts for Britten’s curious cadenzas. However

, Richter’s 1963 Schubert Wanderer Fantasy remains one of this challenging work’s best two or three recorded versions, not to mention a memorable Schumann recital culled from Richter’s 1962 Italian tour. Sample Faschingsschwank aus Wien’s exhilarating finale; it exemplifies Richter’s power and projection in prime estate. My only complaint concerns the haphazard presentation of Richter’s sonata collaborations with Oleg Kagan, which are arbitrarily distributed between discs. One point of correction: Richter expert Leslie Gerber’s otherwise excellent notes claim that the pianist made his only digital concerto recordings for EMI. In fact, Richter’s later Teldec Bach and Mozart concerto outings were digitally recorded as well. In all, a convenient one stop shop for those who own few or none of Richter’s EMI recordings.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 2 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1976 
Length: 20 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 7 in D major, Op. 10 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1976 
Length: 22 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1961 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. Andante for Piano in F major, WoO 57 "Andante Favori" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1977 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 24 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6. Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 20 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7. Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1961 
Length: 31 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8. Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1831; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1962 
Length: 14 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1962 
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1962 
Length: 20 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 24 Minutes 9 Secs. 
12. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Valentin Berlinsky (Cello), Georg Hörtnagel (Double Bass), Mikhail Kopelman (Violin),
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Dimitri Shebalin (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1980 
Length: 43 Minutes 20 Secs. 
13. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, K 306 (300l) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Length: 27 Minutes 46 Secs. 
14. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 378 (317d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Length: 25 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15. 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 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K Anh. 49 (372) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
17. Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 9 Minutes 21 Secs. 
18. Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 23 Minutes 4 Secs. 
19. Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
20. Suite for Harpsichord in F minor, HWV 433 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
21. Suite for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 439 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 13 Minutes 5 Secs. 
22. Suite for Harpsichord in E minor, HWV 438 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
23. Suite for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 441 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
24. Suite for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 452 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
25. Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1869; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Length: 54 Minutes 20 Secs. 
26. Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1979 
Length: 34 Minutes 2 Secs. 
27. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1977 
Length: 36 Minutes 37 Secs. 
28. Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), David Oistrakh (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Length: 36 Minutes 37 Secs. 
29. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 4 in A minor, Op. 23 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 20 Minutes 17 Secs. 
30. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Length: 17 Minutes 33 Secs. 
31. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K 379 (373a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Oleg Kagan (Violin), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Length: 22 Minutes 31 Secs. 
32. Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/1976 
Length: 38 Minutes 39 Secs. 
33. Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Length: 30 Minutes 41 Secs. 
34. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1974 
Length: 28 Minutes 9 Secs. 
35. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1974 
Length: 30 Minutes 9 Secs. 
36. Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
37. Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin and 13 Winds by Alban Berg
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano), Oleg Kagan (Violin)
Conductor:  Yuri Nikolaevsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1925; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1977 
Length: 42 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto) and Trio
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major Op. 10 No. 3 (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Presto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major Op. 10 No. 3 (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Largo e mesto
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major Op. 10 No. 3 (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegro) e Trio
Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major Op. 10 No. 3 (1992 Digital Remaster): IV. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31 No. 2, 'Tempest' (1992 Digital Remaster): I. Largo - Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31 No. 2, 'Tempest' (1992 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31 No. 2, 'Tempest' (1992 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto
Andante favori in F WoO57 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A D664 (1992 Digital Remaster): Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A D664 (1992 Digital Remaster): Andante
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A D664 (1992 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Fantasia in C major D.760 ("Wandererfantasie") (1998 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Fantasia in C major D.760 ("Wandererfantasie") (1998 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Fantasia in C major D.760 ("Wandererfantasie") (1998 Digital Remaster): III. Presto
Fantasia in C major D.760 ("Wandererfantasie") (1998 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro
Fantasy in C major, Op.17 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Fantasy in C major, Op.17 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. Mässig - Durchaus energisch
Fantasy in C major, Op.17 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. Langsam getragen - Durchweg leise zu halten

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