Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev

Sviatoslav Richter was acknowledged to be a unique interpereter of Sergei Prokofiev's music already in the early 1940s. A remarkable coincidence was in that it was particulary with Prokofiev's music the composer marked the beginning of his concert activities. His first performance in Moscow, falling outside of the category of a student recital, was organized by Heinrich Neuhaus, who came up with the idea of presenting a concert of works by Soviet composers. The first part of the concert was played by Neuhaus himself, presenting compositions by Myaskovsky, Alewandrov and Krein, and the second part he entrusted to young Richter. The latter's program included Prokofiev's Pastoral Sonatina, Landscape, Rondo from "The Profigal Son" and, what was especially important, the Sixth Sonata. Richter told about this performance a few decades later to his German admirers, who imprinted his life story in a small brochure from the series "Musicians in Conversations." It reflected a number of amusing details — about the fact that Richter was barely able to learn the sonata a day prior to the concert because the composer was supposed to be present at the concert, how the anxious Prokofiev came up on the stage and shook the perplexed pianist's hand... From that time on the acquaintance of the two musicians evolved to a strong friendly and artistic fellowship. Richter became the first performer of the Seventh Sonata, the Sonata for Cello and Piano, the Ninth Sonata and the Symphony-Concerto, the only time he performed as a conductor, and the composer's other works...
From the booklet

Sviatoslav Richter


Piano Sonata n° 2 in D minor, Op. 14
1 I. Allegro ma non troppo  6:15
2 II. Scherzo - Allegro ma non troppo  1:47
3 III. Andante  5:00
4 IV. Vivace  4:48


5 Legend, Op. 12 n° 6  3:53

Visions Fugitives, Op. 22
6 N° 6  0:27
7 N° 18  1:41

8 Landscape, Op. 59 n° 2  3:19
9 Valse (from the opera "War and Peace", Op. 96, n° 1)  5:40


Piano Sonata n° 9, in C major, Op. 103
5. I. Allegretto  8:10
6 II. Allegro strepitoso  3:20
7 III. Andante tranquillo  8:41
8 IV. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo presto  6:06


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Recorded in performance, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory ; 1961 [# 1-4] ; 1979 [# 5-13]


Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - nice change of pace

pedro gamundi said...


Arewenotmen? said...

Je ne suis pas parvenu à ouvrir le lien... est-il possible de le poster à nouveau ? Grand merci d'avance !

Melanchthon said...

Arewenotmen? said...

Grand merci !

Ariel said...

Thank you VERY much for letting us enjoy these Ritchter treasures.
Greetings from Mendoza, Argentina