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Sviatoslav Richter

Biography

Born: March 20, 1915; Russia   Died: August 1, 1997; Russia  
Having learned the fundamentals of music from his father, Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter taught himself the piano and had already given public concerts before entering the Moscow Conservatory in 1937. While still a student, Richter won first prize at the All-Union Contest of Performers of 1945. His playing earned him considerable renown, and by the time of his graduation in 1947 he had devoted fans. In 1949 he garnered the coveted Stalin Read more Prize.
Richter gave the 1942 premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 -- the composer's first work in that form for years, and the first one he did not premiere himself. This resulted in wild acclaim for both performer and composer. Thereafter, Richter was a great proponent of Prokofiev's music, premiering also the Seventh and the Ninth Sonatas, the latter of which is dedicated to him.
Though word of Richter's excellence (and occasional poor-quality recordings) had spread outside of Russia, his foreign engagements were limited to Eastern Bloc countries (and, in one case, China) where Soviet officials felt there was reduced risk of defection. However, his 1958 performance of Prokofiev's Fifth Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra (on tour in Leningrad) generated such excitement that he was finally permitted to tour the United States, further bolstering his reputation as a virtuoso. Engagements in all of world's musical centers followed. Richter was known as a pianist of transcendent abilities, particularly adept at highlighting the nuances of different styles. Though his interests focused primarily on music of Beethoven, and Prokofiev, he was also highly regarded for his Schubert, Schumann, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel; and in the early 1960s he made a memorable recording of Benjamin Britten's Piano Concerto with the composer conducting.
Richter did not favor studio recordings; therefore, most of his recordings are from live performances. Many of them, particularly those from Soviet concerts, suffer from indifferent sound quality and excessive audience noise, but his playing had an electric quality that transcended these handicaps.
The pianist earned a reputation for being difficult and aloof. He was notoriously apt to cancel performances on whims, or arrive late without explanation or apology. However, those who heard him were rarely disappointed. He preferred intimate concert settings over big auditoriums, and thus returned many times to the Aldeburgh and Spoleto Festivals. He was the centerpiece of the Fêtes Musicales, held annually beginning in 1964 at Grange de Meslay, near Tours.
Among his greatest recordings are his Schubert sonatas, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev concertos, Liszt concertos (these have the benefits of first-rate sound), and his Schumann. He has also served as a chamber musician and accompanist, playing piano duets with Britten, and accompanying Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, among others. Read less
Rachmaninov: Preludes & Etudes-tableaux / Sviatoslav Richter
Release Date: 12/09/2014   Label: Praga  
Catalog: 350083   Number of Discs: 1
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    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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  • 2.
    Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings [51-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002236002 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Kurt Sanderling,  Witold Rowicki,  János Ferencsik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moragues Woodwind Quintet members,  Borodin String Quartet,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: Preludes & Etudes-tableaux / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350083 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Hammerklavier - Live In London / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33989 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Franz Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Sonata In B Minor
    Label: Doron Music   Catalog: 4025 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
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    Liszt: Piano Sonata; 8 Etudes D'execution Trancedante; Aux Cypres De La Villa D'este; Threnody 1; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 17; Valse Oublee No. 3
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350078 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 10.
    Richter Plays Schubert Live [4-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2231 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninoff: Works For Piano And Orchestra
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2128 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Viktor Yeresko,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Peter Donohoe,  Nikolai Petrov  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennady Provatorov,  Kurt Sanderling,  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
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  • 13.
    Sviatoslav Richter Plays Scriabin: 12 Etudes; 12 Preludes; Poeme; Piano Sonata
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5134 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 14.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350079 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 3
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350103 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
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  • 16.
    Richter Archives, Vol. 22
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8022 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Rudolf Barshai
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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  • 18.
    Britten The Performer - Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922102 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  John Tobin,  Jenny Hill,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Wandsworth School Choir  ... 
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  • 19.
    Brahms: Piano Sonatas Opp. 1 & 2; Variations On A Hungarian Song; Klavierstucke Opp. 118 & 119
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350080 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 20.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 121117 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth,  Kurt Sanderling
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto
    Label: Hi-q Records   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sviatoslav Richter,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 22.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4219 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling
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  • 23.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4256 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Nathan Rachlin
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  • 24.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4248 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 4223 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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