Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter in Leipzig

This recording preserves the complete concert of November 28, 1963 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. It is the only published recording of one of Richter’s favorite programs: the last three Sonatas of Beethoven. While Richter played this music throughout most of his career and programmed these three Sonatas together as late as 1991, this recording is the only one ever issued with all three as performed at a single concert.
The original publication of this recording by another company was quickly suppressed by legal action, making it among the scarcest and most expensive of all Richter recordings. These legal issues have been resolved in U.S. Federal Court in favor of Parnassus, permitting the republication of this CD.
The master tape of this recording was marred by noticeable flutter thoughout most of the Sonata Op. 109. A process developed by Plangent Processes of Nantucket, Mass., has minimized the flutter to the point where the recording is consistently listenable. Audio remastering by Eldad Benary of The Sound Company, in Saugerties, New York, has improved the tonal qualities of the recording, which were quite good to begin with. As a result of these improvements, the mono recording now gives a faithful impression of Richter’s playing and preserves his sound surprisingly well.
Richter’s performances of these three Beethoven Sonatas are up to his highest standard, one of the reasons why this recording has been in such great demand. There are also four encores, superbly played music of Brahms and Chopin, to further enhance the interest of the disc.

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Sviatoslav Richter


Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata n° 30 in E, Op. 109
1 I. Vivace  3:02
2 II. Prestissimo  2:21
3 III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo  12:46

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat major, op. 110
4 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  6:24
5 II. Allegro molto   2:28
6 III. Adagio, ma non troppo ; Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo  11:41

Piano Sonata n° 32 in C minor, op. 111
7 I. Maestoso ; Allegro con brio ed appassionato  8:06
8 II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile  15:47


Johannes Brahms

9 Ballade in G minor, Op. 118 n° 3  3:29
Allegro energico
10 Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118 n° 6  5:16
Adante, largo e mesto
11 Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 n° 3  2:19
Grazioso e giocose


Frederic Chopin

12 Nocturne in F major, Op. 15 n° 1  5:09
Adante cantabile / Con fuoco


Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded at the Leipzig Gewandhaus ; November 28, 1963


Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel. This looks like a nice concert by Richter.

james said...

Much appreciated, Melanchthon

gek0 said...

It is not the only recording of Beethoven's last three sonatas performed on a single recital by Richter. There is a recording from Ludwigsburg, 17 Oct 1991, released for examle by DECCA - Richter - The Master series (DECCA 475 8124 (2 CD SET)). The other thing is that opp. 109 and 111 are not really his best.

Baruch said...

The Ludwigsburg recital is here :

gek0 said...

Is there any chance by the way to get working link to this Parnassus mastered recording? seemes not to work and I am having some difficulties to find it enywhere else. I would be very grateful.

Melanchthon said...

gek0 said...

Thank you.

Melanchthon said...

Gianluca Mig said...

Hallo Melanchthon, is there any chance to reupload the Leipzig Recital? It is one of the best interpretation of Beethoven's late Piano Sonatas!
Thanks a lot anyway!