Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sviatoslav Richter & Benjamin Britten at the Aldeburgh Festival

The  various four-hand and two-piano collaborations of Richter and Britten (preserved via broadcasts of the concerts) represent Richter's most extensive venture into the duet literature. Earlier he had performed on a few occasions with his compatriot Anatoly Vedernikov (the two pianists recorded the Bach Double-keyboard concerto in C in 1957), while in 1977 Richter played all-Schubert recitals with Zoltan Kocsis at festivals in Germany and France. More recently he enlisted the services of Vasili Lobanov for two-piano works by Bartók, Stranvinsky, and Britten (see Philips 420 1157). But on the whole it is the Richter/Britten partnership wich remains the most artisticaly fascinating.
Benjamin Britten's credentials as a pianist do not require much explanation ; he carried his early affinity for the instrument into his accompaniments to Peter Pears in a wide variety of songs literature, and he even appeared as soloist and conductor in the Mozart A Major Concerto K.414 at the 1956 Aldeburgh Festival (the performance was briefly available on LP). In addition, Britten lavished as a composer on the music of other creative figures whose products he favored (his antipathy to the music of Brahms, however, is a matter of public record !).
® 1992 Donald Manildi, from the booklet

Sviatoslav Richter
Benjamin Britten
At the Aldeburgh Festival


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata in D, K. 448
for two pianos
1 I. Allegro con spirito  7:40
2 II. Andante  9:57
3 III. Allegro molto  5:29

Robert Schumann

Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66
for one piano four hands
4 I. Lebhaft  3:21
5 II. Nicht schnell und sehr gesangvoll spielen  3:02
6 III. Im volkston  1:57
7 IV. Nicht schnell 2:20
8 V. Lebhat  2:51
9 VI. Reuig andächting  5:14

Claude Debussy

En blanc et noir
for two pianos
10 Avec emportement  4:25
11 Lent, sombre  7:32
12 Scherzando  3:50

Benjamin Britten

Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca, Op. 23 n° 1
for two pianos
13 Introduction  3:19
14 Rondo  5:41


Sviatoslav Richter & Benjamin Britten - p

Recorded in recital, Aldeburgh Festival ; June 20, 1967 [# 1-3, 10-14] ; & June 21, 1966 [# 4-9]


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