Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter & Benjamin Britten - Piano Music for Four-Hands

It was on June 20, 1964 that Sviatoslav Richter made his unplanned debut at Aldeburgh. Following performances earlier that month in Warsaw, Dresden, and Paris, Richter had expected to enjoy a brief pause in his concert activity by attending several Aldeburgh events at which his colleague, cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch, would be appearing. Upon his arrival, however, Richter was quickly persuaded to join forces not only with Rostropovitch but aslo with Benjamin Britten for a pair of concerts on the same day ! The repertoire included the Brahms E Minor and Grieg A Minor Cello Sonatas (released on Music & Arts CD-283), two solo Schubert Sonatas (Music & Arts CD-642) and - with Britten as Richter's four-hand partner - the Schubert A-flat Variations. Thus began most auspiciously, what would become a total of eleven appearances by Richter at the Aldeburgh Festivals of 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1975...
®1992 Donald Manildi, from the booklet

Sviatoslav Richter
Benjamin Britten
Piano Music for Four-Hands


Franz Schubert

Grand Duo Sonata in C, Op. Posth. D.812
for Piano Four Hands
1 I. Allegro moderato  12:53
2 II. Andante  9:41
3 III. Scherzo/Trio  5:38
4 IV. Allegro vivace  10:46

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata in C, K. 521
for Piano Four Hands
5 I. Allegro  12:50
6 II. Andante  7:42
7 III. Allegretto  7:25


Sviatoslav Richter & Benjamin Britten - p

Recorded in performance, at Aldeburgh Festival ; 1965 [# 1-4] ; & 1966 [# 5-7]


Frasco said...

Thank you Melanchthon, I love Richter and your collection is superb!

Melanchthon said...

footman said...

Thank you. I look forward to your classical offerings.