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 feelRead 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] Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18by Sergei Rachmaninov Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
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. 23by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Herbert von Karajan
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).
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 1. Moderato
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 2. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor, Op.18: 3. Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23: 3. Allegro con fuoco
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PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!February 7, 2014By 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