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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 5, Etc / Sviatoslav Richter


Release Date: 06/10/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449744   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Conductor:  Witold Rowicki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The main works on this disc provide a challenging Prokofiev double bill from his master-interpreter. In the fascinating Fifth Piano Concerto, Richter flies through the air with the greatest of ease, supported by the rainbow-coloured safety net of his colleagues; listen several times and, to paraphrase the composer, the outline of a real face – intelligent, wise and witty – will emerge. The heartbreaking Eighth Sonata merits this magisterial performance, charting the work’s painful privacy with poised concern. The bass still isn’t ideally vivid; but it remains my own choice of desert-island piano recording.

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
The main works on this disc provide a challenging Prokofiev double bill from his master-interpreter. In the fascinating Fifth Piano Concerto, Richter flies through the air with the greatest of ease, supported by the rainbow-coloured safety net of his colleagues; listen several times and, to paraphrase the composer, the outline of a real face – intelligent, wise and witty – will emerge. The heartbreaking Eighth Sonata merits this magisterial performance, charting the work’s painful privacy with poised concern. The bass still isn’t ideally vivid; but it remains my own choice of desert-island piano recording.

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Witold Rowicki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1958 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 22 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1961 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3. Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 3, Allegretto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1962 
Venue:  Live  Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with nos. 6 & 9 from Sergei
Prokofiev's "Vision fugitives, Op. 22". 
4. Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 6, Con eleganza by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1962 
Venue:  Live  Italy 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with nos. 3 & 9 from Sergei
Prokofiev's "Vision fugitives, Op. 22". 
5. Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 9, Allegretto tranquillo by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1962 
Venue:  Live  Italy 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with nos. 3 & 6 from Sergei Prokofiev's "Vision fugitives, Op. 22". 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55: 1. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55: 2. Moderato ben accentuato
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55: 3. Toccata
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55: 4. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55: 5. Vivo
Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84: 1. Andante dolce - Allegro moderato - Andante - Andante dolce come prima - Allegro
Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84: 2. Andante sognando
Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op.84: 3. Vivace - Allegro ben marcato - Andantino - Vivace
Visions fugitives, Op.22: No. 3, No. 6 und No. 9

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