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Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bach / Richter, Ancerl, Talich

Tchaikovsky / Prokofiev / Bach
Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4014  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei ProkofievJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Conductor:  Karel AncerlVaclav Talich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraPrague Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1950 Prague was the destination of the first-ever foreign trip of the then 35-year-old Russian genius pianist Sviatoslav Richter. He would subsequently visit the city on several more occasions. The recordings on this CD were made at the Rudolfinum within two weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June 1954. Richter is accompanied by the two finest Czech orchestras, conducted by two true legends – Václav Talich (nearing the end of his career) and Karel Ancerl (at the beginning of his tenure in the post of principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). Within such a short time, Richter had mastered Tchaikovsky’s impassioned concerto in B minor, Prokofiev’s purely Neo-classical concerto in D flat major, as well as Bach’s Read more paramount Baroque and timeless first piano concerto. The fact that the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev found an ideal interpreter in perhaps the greatest legend among 20th-century pianists appears entirely logical. Yet the superb and sensitive performance of Bach’s piano (originally harpsichord) concerto serves to complete the picture of Richter’s genius and versatility. These qualities are showcased in our new, sensitively re-mastered version of the legendary recordings. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; Russia 
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 

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