Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Scriabin (Warsaw 1972)

In 1972, Sviatoslav Richter chose to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Scriabin by performing an all-Scriabin program in three locations. These concerts, while not quite unique, were very uncommon events in Richter’s career. He did not often give concerts devoted to a single composer. Although he played Scriabin’s music throughout his career, concerts devoted entirely to that composer were very scarce; he performed them in public only in 1945, 1957, and in 1972.
The music of Scriabin was ideal for Richter’s qualities as a pianist. In this recording, we hear Richter’s singing and varied tone, his extraordinary technical facility, and his extremely wide range of dynamics and expression. The recital, offered complete, is fortunately preserved in fine, clear mono sound.

Source : http://www.parnassusrecords.com/our-own-cds/sviatoslav-richter-cds/richter-in-warsaw-the-scriabin-recital/

Sviatoslav Richter
Plays
Scriabin 


Tracks

12 Peludes from Op. 11
1 N° 2 in A  2:30
2 N° 3 in G  0:43
3 N° 5 in D  1:45
4 N° 9 in E  1:35
5 N° 10 in C-sharp  1:07
6 N° 11 in B  1:11
7 N° 12 in G-sharp  1:21
8 N° 15 in D flat  2:26
9 N° 16 in B flat  1:09
10 N° 17 in A flat  0:37
11 N° 18 in F  0:50
12 N° 24 in D  0:55

Two Preludes from
Op. 13
13 N° 1 in C  2:32
14 N° 4 in E  0:42

Four Preludes from
Op. 37
15 N° 1 in B flat  1:49
16 N° 2 in F-sharp  0:42
17 N° 3 in B  1:50
18 N° 4 in G minor  0:45
Two Preludes from Op. 39
19 N° 3 in G  1:04
20 N° 4 in A flat  0:42

21 Prelude Op. 59/2 "Prelude" 1:03

Three Preludes from
Op. 74
22 N° 1 "Douloureux"  0:59
23 N° 3 "Très lent, contemplatif"  0:35
24 N° 4 "Allegro drammatico"  1:51

Piano Sonata No. 2
in G sharp minor

("Sonata-Fantasy"), Op. 19
25 Andante  7:26
26 Presto  3:39

Eight Etudes from Op. 42
27 N° 2 in F-sharp  0:49
28 N° 3 in F-sharp  0:40
29 N° 4 in F-sharp  2:45
30 N° 5 in C sharp  2:43
31 N° 6 in D flat  1:44
32 N° 8 in E flat  2:08

33 Piano Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp major, Op. 53  10:45

34 Piano Sonata No. 9 ("Black Mass"), Op. 68  7:57

35 Poème for piano in C major, Op. 52/1  2:28

Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded in Performance, Warsau ; October 27, 1972 
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This all-Scriabin recital recorded live in Warsaw in October, 1972 captures the legendary Sviatoslav Richter in staggering form. He opens with a judiciously varied selection of Preludes, whose laser clarity and jaw-dropping digital control make most mortal pianists sound thick as a brick. The pianist takes incredible chances with the Second Sonata’s whirlwind finale, and easily transcends the knottier passages sprinkled throughout the Op. 42 Etudes. Granted, Richter’s ethereal trills in the Ninth Sonata don’t possess Horowitz’s jackhammer intensity, but few pianists match Richter’s light-fingered speed in the demanding Fifth Sonata, where he achieves miracles of color and dynamic shading largely through finger and hand balance, with little sustain pedal. A few wrong notes don’t matter in playing of this magnitude. The sound is not particularly alluring, but non-specialists will find it perfectly listenable. If you want more incisive engineering, go to Richter’s Prague Scriabin Second and Fifth on Praga, also from 1972, or the mesmerizing 1962 Fifth on Deutsche Grammophon. No Richter or Scirabin buff should be without this disc.
Jed Distler

http://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-4080/

4 comments:

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Thinktoomuch said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful Scriabin by Richter. You made my day!

Otis Foster said...

Richter is quite a welcome change of pace from Dodo Marmarosa and Wardell Grey. Thnx melanchthon

Cagri Akay said...

been trying to get a hold of this for while... thanks much! is there a password though?