Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter & Karel Ančerl Play Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

The soloist in both concertos presented here is the the Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter. The recordings were made during his second visit of Prague in the early 1950s, with the Czech Philarmonic under Karel Ančerl, then its principal conductor and the architect of the orchestra's first major artistic triumphs in Europe and overseas, in the early post-war decades. There is no need to emphasize the utter exeptionality of Richter's art. His numerous recording on a wide variety of gramophone labels and for television and radio companies around the world, his gigantic repertoire covering virtually everything of relevance that has been written for the piano, his intrinsically creative and pathfinding approach to each individual piece, coupled with a miraculous playing technique - all of that is perhaps best summed up in the following words of a Parisian critic : "Is this really just piano player ? Is he not rather a conducor turning the piano into a large symphony orchestra aquipped with all the colours and dynamic scope one is used to hearing in orchestral productions ?"
© Jaromír Kříž 1987, from the booklet


Sviatoslav Richter
Plays
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev

Tracks

Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovky
(1840-1893)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in B-Flat minor, Op. 23
1 I. Andante ma non troppo e molto maestoso  19:56
2 II. Andante semplice  6:09
3 III. Finale. Allegro con fuoco  6:44

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Serguei Prokofiev
(1891-1953)


4 Piano Concerto n° 1 in D-Flat major, Op. 10*  13:49
[I. Allegro brioso - II. Andante assai
III. Allegro scherzando]

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Sviatoslav Richter - p
Czech Philharmonic Ochestra & Prague Symphony Orchestra*
Karel Ančerl - dir

Recorded at the Dvořák Hall of the House of Artists, Prague ; 1953 & 1954

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