Monday, October 30, 2017

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev (Praga)

When Richter was twelve years old, he heard Prokofiev give a concert in Odessa (Ukraine) during Prokofiev's concert tour of 1927. Both Prokofiev's music and playing had a great effect upon the young Richter. Later in the spring of 1940, Neuhaus took the then-25 year old Richter to listen to Prokofiev play his newly completed Sixth Piano Sonata at a private apartment in Moscow. Richter turned the pages of the music while Prokofiev played. Richter later remembered ,"...even before Prokofiev had finished playing, I had decided -- I will play that!" He did, but not before Prokofiev himself gave the premiere public performance of the Sixth Sonata on 08-Apr-1940. Prokofiev was impressed with Richter's performance and developed a respect and admiration of his playing. Prokofiev invited Richter to premiere both the Seventh and Ninth Piano Sonatas. Richter also accompanied Mstislav Rostropovich in the premiere of the Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 on 01-Mar-1950. Although Richter and Prokofiev connected on a musical level, they never became close. Richter later wrote, "I was never especially close to Prokofiev the man. I was intimidated, and for me, he was wholly contained in his music — both then and now." Richter frequently played Prokofiev's works in his recitals beginning in 1940, his favorite works being the Piano Sonata n° 7 and 8, the Fifth Piano Concerto, and selections from the Visions Fugitives, Op. 22.

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Sviatoslav Richter
Serguei Prokofiev

Three Piano Sonatas


Piano Sonata n° 2 in D minor, Op. 14
1 I. Allegro ma non troppo  6:53
2 II. Scherzo  1:53
3 III. Andante  5:20
4 IV. Vivace  4:36

Piano Sonata n° 5 in A minor, Op. 82
5 I. Allegro moderato  8:26
6 II. Allegretto  3:47
7 III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo  6:36
8 IV. Vivace  6:26

Piano Sonata n° 9 in C major, Op. 103
9 I. Allegretto  7:07
10 II. Allegro strepitoso  2:41
11 III. Andante tranquillo  2:01
12 IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto  10:54


Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded in Prague on February 2, 1965 [# 1-5] ; November 16, 1965 [# 5-8] & December 6, 1956 [# 9-12]


BachRocks44 said...

Thank you for this unique, all-classical blog, and Richter, no less! A real treat for us classical piano lovers!

anders said...

thank for the Richter recordings

Mike said...

I'm down with Prokofiev. Richter was probably on the mark not making friends with the man, but with the music.

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel! Great!