Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sviatoslav Richter Edition (Melodiya, 10 cds)

Before he first toured outside the Soviet Bloc in 1960, Western collectors knew Sviatoslav Richter via Melodiya recordings licensed to small domestic labels like Artia, Monitor, and MK. Listening past crunchy vinyl, murky sonics, and pock-marked orchestral playing, one could readily infer the individuality and transcendent technique this pianist brought to the Saint-Saëns 5th, Glazunov, and Rimsky-Korsakoff concertos, as well as Franck's curious potboiler Les Dijins and Beethoven Choral Fantasy sung in Russian.
BMG has remastered these and other early Richter recordings – some which have been out of circulation for years – for ten disc anthology. Some familiar favorites are here: the translucent Schumann Humoresque and Franck Prélude, Chorale and Fugue, a high-voltage Rachmaninoff 1st Concerto, two headstrong and archetonic Schubert sonata performances (D Major, Op. 53 and A Minor, Op. 42), and a searching, large-scaled Beethoven Pathétique. Long time Richterians will rejoice in a miraculous 1952 live Scriabin recital, featuring a molten, over the top 6th Sonata and the deftest "Étude In Ninths" in captivity. The Prokofiev Seventh exudes both power and poetry, but a studio recording of Pictures at an Exhibition, lacks the animal magnetism of Richter's better known Sofia concert version from 1958.
Issued for the first time, I believe, are the passionately played Miaskovsky Third Sonata (no date specified) and three Schumann Novelettes from 1960 (n° 1, 2 & 8) – more flexible and sonically superior to the briefly available Carnegie Hall versions recorded the following month. Conversely, Richter's 1954 Prague recordings of the Bach D Minor and Prokofieff 1st concertos are sonically and orchestrally preferable to these Russian versions. I vacillate between this set's fiery, pianistically oriented live Bach 3rd English Suite and Beethoven Appasionata and the pianist's softer-grained yet more stylish Philips versions of recent vintage. The live 1966 Chopin F Minor Concerto is a revelation, notwithstanding lackadaisical conducting and a cut in the orchestral lead-in. Richter's imaginative, ravishingly nuanced treatment takes its place alongside Hofmann and Cortot in my private Chopin F minor pantheon.
Not all BMG's transfers improve on previous incarnations. The Tchaikovsky G Major Sonata, for example, is compressed in timbre and dynamics, lacking the room ambience and full bass on a bygone Columbia Odyssey LP. My ears also detect telltale signs of stereo spread and artificial reverberation here and there. In contrast, the 1959 Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto's gets a sonic facelift, giving an impression of more animation and vibrancy in the outer movements than the comparatively lethargic and drab performance I remember from LP. Similarly, the Schumann Fantasiestücke (Richter plays six of the eight) and a 1950 Chopin/Schubert session boast tonal solidity absent from previous issues.
In sum, Richter nuts will need no prodding from these quarters, but sound conscious consumers should try to sample before buying. If BMG plans a sequel, I hope they will consider the complete 1960 Carnegie Hall recitals, the splendid studio Prokofieff 9th Sonata, a mind-boggling set of Liszt Transcendental Études from the late 40s that puts all other Richter versions to shame, and (dare we hope) the long-rumoured Gaspard de la Nuit ?
Copyright © 1997, Jed Distler
(Published in slightly altered form in the September/October Piano and Keyboard 1996)

Source : http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/b/bmg29460a.php

Sviatoslav Richter
Edition [Melodiya, 10 cds]
(1948-1972)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685-1750)

English Suite n° 3 in G minor, BWV 808
1 I. Prélude  3:11
2 II. Allemande  2:55
3 III. Courante  2:12
4 IV. Sarabande  3:51
5 V. Gavotte I - Gavotte II ou la Musette  2:50
6 VI. Gigue

Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
7 I. Allegro  8:29
8 II. Adagio  9:36
9 III. Allegro  8:21

Concerto for two Pianos in C, BWV 1061
10 I. Allegro  6:57
11 II. Adagio ouvero Largo  5:28
12 III. Fuga  5:03

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Cd. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 8 in C minor, Op. 13
"Pathétique"
1 I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio  7:36
2 II. Adagio cantabile  5:28
3 III. Rondo. Allegro  4:26

8 Bagatelles
4 In F, Op. 33 n° 3 (Allegretto)  2:03
5 In C, Op. 33 n° 5 (Allegro ma non troppo)  2:42
6 In C, Op. 119 n° 2 (Andante con moto)  0:57
7 In C, Op. 119 n° 7 (Alegro, ma non troppo)  1:07
8 In A minor, Op. 119 n° 9 (Vivace moderato)  0:44
9 In G major, Op. 126 n° 1 (Andante con moto cantabile e compiacevole)  3:35
10 In B minor, Op. 126 n° 4 (Presto)  3:43
11 In B minor, Op. 126 n° 6 (Presto - Andante amabile e con moto)  4:00

Piano Sonata n° 23 in F minor, Op. 57
"Appassionata"
12 I. Allegro assai  10:17
13 II. Andante con moto  6:06
14 III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto  7:11

Fantasy for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80
15 Adagio  3:31
16 Finale. Allegro  11:39
17 Allegretto ma non troppo, quasi Andante con moto  4:07

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Cd. 3

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

Piano Sonata n° 16 in A Major, Op. 42, D 845
1 I. Moderato  12:59
2 II. Andante poco mosso  10:10
3 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio. Un poco più lento  7:50
4 IV. Rondo. Allegro vivace  4:43

Piano Sonata n° 17 in D Major, Op. 53, D 850
5 I. Allegro vivace  7:41
6 II. Con moto  15:26
7 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace  8:51
8 IV. Rondo. Allego moderato  7:30

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Cd. 4

Robert Schumann
(1810-1856)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
2 N° 1. Des Abends, in D-flat major (Sehr innig zu spielen)  4:09
3 N°2. Aufschwung, in F minor (Sehr rasch)  2:54
4 N° 3. Warum ?, in D-flat major (Langsam und zart)  3:01
5 N° 5. In der Nacht, in F minor (Mit Leidenschaft)  3:45
6 N° 7. Traumes Wirren, in F major (Äußerst lebhaft)  2:06
7 N° 8. Ende vom Lied, in F major (Mit gutem Humor)  4:47

Humoresque in B sharp major, op. 20 28:03
7 Einfach - Sehr rasch und leicht - Noch rascher - Wie im Anfang  5:31
8 Hastig - Nach und nach immer lebhafter un stärker - Adagio  4:05
9 Einfach und zart - Intermezzo - Innig  7:29
10 Sehr lebhaft - Mit einigem Pomp - Zum Beschluss  10:56

Noveletten, Op. 21
11 N° 1 in F Major  5:26
12 N° 2 in D Major  5:44
13 N° 8 in F-sharp Minor  11:02

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Cd. 5

Franz Schubert

(1797-1828)

Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D 780
1 N° 1 in C Major  5:22
2 N° 3 in F Minor  1:41
3 N° 6 In A-flat Minor  9:01

4 Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 142, D 935 n° 2  7:01

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

5 Etude in E Major, Op. 10 n° 3  4:05
6 Etude in E Minor, Op. 25 n° 5  3:20
7 Polnaise n° 1 in C-sharp Minot, Op. 26 n° 2  7:49

César Franck

(1822-1890)

8 Prélude, Choral et Fugue  19:21

Béla Bartók
(1881-1945)

15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71

Four Old Tunes
9 N° 1 Rubato  1:03
10 N° 2 Andante  2:34
11 N° 3 Poco Rubato  0:44
12 N° 4 Andante  0:43

Scherzo
13 N° 5 Allegro  0:46

Ballade
(tema con variazioni)
14 N° 6 Andante  2:47

Old Dances Tunes
15 N° 7 Allegro  0:41
16 N° 8 Allegretto  0:35
17 N° 9 Allegretto  0:14
18 N° 10 L'istesso tempo  0:30
19 N° 11 Assai moderato  0:50
20 N° 12 Allegretto  0:24
21 N° 13 Povo più vivo  0:25
22 N° 14 Allegro  0:31
23 N° 15 Allegro  1:41

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Cd. 6

 Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

Piano Concerto n° 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
1 I. Maestoso  13:41
2 II. Larghetto  8:12
3 III. Allegro vivace  8:20


Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835-1921)


Piano Concerto n° 5 in F Major, Op. 103
4 I. Allegro animato  11:43
5 II. Andante  10:44
6 III. Molto Allegro  5:44


César Franck
(1822-1890)


7 Les Djinns  11:35
Symphonic Poem for piano and orchestra


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Cd. 7


Sergei Rachmaninov

(1873-1943)


Piano Concerto n° 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1
1 I. Vivace  12:33
2 II. Andante  6:21
3 III. Allegro vivace  7:44


Piano Concerto n° 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
4 I. Moderato  11:21
5 II. Adagio sostenuto  11:44
6 III. Allegro Scherzando  11:39


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Cd. 8

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
(1844-1908)


Piano Concerto in C-sharp Minor, Op. 30
1 I. Moderato  3:37
2 II. Allegretto quasi polaca  6:56
3 III. Allegro  3:52

Alexander Glazunov
(1865-1936)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in F Minor, Op. 82
4 1. Allegro moderato - 2.Thema con variazione  12:07
5 Andantino tranquillo  1:27
6 Variation I  1:25
7 Variation II  Chromatica. Andantino  0:54
8 Variation III  Eroica. Allegro moderato  1:04
9 Variation IV  Lyrica. Adagio  2:27
10 Variation V  Intermezzo. Allegro  0:46
11 Variation VI  Quasi una fantasia. Lento  2:02
12 Variation VII  Mazurka. Allegretto  1:16
13 Variation VIII  Scherzo. Allegro  1:28
14 Variation IX  Finale. Allegro moderato  3:20

Sergei Prokofiev
(1891-1953)

Piano Concerto n° 1 in D-flat Major, Op. 10

15 Allegro brioso  6:32
16 Andante assai  3:26
17 Alegro scherzando  4:06

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Cd. 9

Peter Tchaikovsky

(1840-1893)
Grand Sonata for Piano in G Major, Op. 37
1 I. Moderato e risoluto  11:31
2 II. Andante non troppo quasi moderato  10:04
3 III. Scherzo. Allegro giocoso  2:50
4 IV. Finale. Allegro vivace  6:18

Modest Mussorgsky
(1839-1881)

Pictures at an Exhibition
(1874)
5 Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico,
senza allegrezza, ma poso sostenuto
  1:08
6 No. 1 "Gnomus". Sempre vivo  2:24
7 Promenade. Moderato comodo assai
e con delicatezza
  0:45
8 II. "Il vecchio castello". Andantino molto cantabile
e con dolore
  4:42
9 Promenade. Moderato non tanto, pesamente  0:23
10 III. "Les Tuileries". Allegretto non troppo, capriccioso  0:59
11 IV. "Bydło". Sempre moderato, pesante  2:20
12 Promenade. Tranquillo  0:34
13 V. Ballet des poussins dans leur coque.
Scherzino-vivo, leggiero-trio 1:13
14 VI. "Samuel" Goldenberg und "Schmuÿle".
Andante grave, energico andantino  1:47
15 Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico,
poco sostenuto
  1:07
16 VII. Limoges, le marché". Allegro vivo, sempre scherzando  1:20
17 VIII. "Catacombæ" (Sepulcrum romanum)  1:52
18 Con mortuis in lingua mortua  1:56
19 La Cabane sur des pattes de poule.
Allegro con brio, feroce - Andante mosso - Allegro molto  3:04
20 La Grande Porte de Kiev.
Allegro alla breve - Maestoto. Con grandezza  4:52
Andante non troppo, con lamento
4:08

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Cd. 10

Alexander Scriabin

(1872-1915)

12 Etudes
1 C-sharp Minor, op. 1 n° 1 (Andante)  2:51
2 E Major, op. 8 n° 5 (Brioso)  2:17
3 F-sharp Minor, op. 42 n° 2  0:55
4 F-sharp Major, op. 42 n° 3 (Prestissimo)  0:37
5 F-sharp Major, op. 42 n° 4 (Andante)  2:33
6 C-sharp Major, op. 42 n° 5 (Affanato)  2:30
7 D-flat Major, op. 42 n° 6 (Esaltato)  1:52
8 B-flat Minor, op. 8 n° 11 (Andante cantabile)  4:11
9 E-flat Major, op. 42 n° 8 (Allegro)  1:50
10 Allegro fantastico, op. 65 n° 1  2:45
11 Allegretto, op. 65 n° 2  2:05
12 Molto vivace, op. 65 n° 3  1:34

Piano Sonata n° 6, op. 62
13 Modéré - Vivace - Poco più vivo  11:24

Nikolai Myaskovsky
(1881-1950)

Piano Sonata n° 3 in C, op. 19
14 Con desiderio, improvisato - Moderato  12:19
come primo, stentato, ma sempre agitato - Molto meno
mosso, con languidezza


Sergei Prokofiev
(1891-1953)

Piano Sonata n° 7 in B-flat Major, op. 83
15 I. Allegro inquieto  7:59
16 II. Andante caloroso  6:10
17 III. Precipitato  3:30



Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Anatoly Vedernikov - p [Cd. 1, # 10-12]
USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Kurt Sanderling [Cd. 1, # 7-9]
Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Rudolf Barshai [Cd. 1, # 10-12]
USSR State Radio & TV Orchestra/Russian State Academy Chorus/Kurt Sanderling [Cd. 2, # 15-17]
USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov [Cd. 6, # 1-3]
Moscow Youth Orchestra/Kiril Kondrashin [Cd. 6, # 4-7]
USSR State Radio & TV Orchestra/Kurt Sanderling [Cd. 7, # 1-3]
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Sanderling [Cd. 7, # 4-6]


Recorded in Moscow ; between December 19, 1948 & 1972


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Michel said...

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Jonathan F. King said...

Effing awesome! I've been collecting these Melodiya releases piecemeal, emphasis on piece... haven't gotten very far till now. Your Richterian largesse is, has been, and will remain a wonder ... one of the finest offerings this curious hobby has afforded me after a decade-plus in its pursuit.

pedro gamundi said...

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ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank you Mr. Mel.

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crazylikeacat said...

What a wonderful share! I'm listening to Schubert's Sonata #17, in whose first movement Richter is absolutely relentless. Amazing stuff. Unfortunately, the last two links aren't working. Could you please revive them? Thank you again!

Dirk Bill said...

I would dearly love to hear these but the links are not working. Could you re-post these please?

Unknown said...

Hi,
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