Friday, May 20, 2016

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov

In the programs of Richter's concerts Tchaikovsky's compositions were almost always followed with the turn of Rachmaninov's compositions. This doesnot present any random choice, since both Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky develop the lyrical vein in Russian art. "... When you perform them, you receive a truly genuine pleasure", Richter stated, "it is possible to 'reveal' the Russian soul".
Spectators of the recital at the Rachmininov Hall have told a curious story. The hall was filled up and could not hold all those who wished to attend the performance. Many people crowded outside in the street with the intention of listening to the performance of the great pianist at least under the hall's windows. At the same time, the first row in the parquet remained empty. Richter noticed this and inquired about the reason for the row remaining empty. He was told that they were reserved for Comrade Grishin, the secretary of the Moscow Communist Party organization, who was being expected to arrive for the performance. Then Richter opened the windows and demanded that the policemen who were holding up the crowds to let in everybody, threatening not to play if his wishes were not heeded. It is possible that some oh the details in this story need more precise specification ; nonetheless, this incident gives an excellent example of the pianist's remarkable firmness and exactingness towards himself and others...
From the booklet

Sviatoslav Richter
Plays
Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninov

Tracks

Cd. 1

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

Four Pieces from the Cycle
"The Seasons", Op. 37-bis
1 V. May. Starlight Nights  4:45
2 VI. June. Barcarolle  6:08
3 XI. November. Troika  2:55
4 I. January. At the Fireside  6:10

5 Nocturne in F Major, Op. 10  4:15
6 Waltz-Scherzo in A Major, Op. 7  4:05
7 Humoresque, Op. 10  2:34
8 Capriccioso, Op. 19  3:46
9 Waltz in A-Flat Major  3:17
10 Romance in F Minor, Op. 5  7:13

*

Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

3 Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33

11 N° 9 in C-Sharp Minor  2:56
12 N° 4 in D Minor  3:08
13 N° 5 in E-Flat Minor  2:22

*

Cd. 2

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

1 Romance in F Major, Op. 51  8:41
2 Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72  3:24
3 L'Espiègle, Op. 72  2:06
4 Rêverie du Soir, Op. 19  4:24
5 Chanson Triste, Op. 40  3:05
6 Menuetto scherzoso, Op. 51  3:59
7 Valse de Salon, Op. 51  5:01
8 Méditation, Op. 72  5:45

*
Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Five Etudes-Tableaux , Op. 39
9 N° 1 in C Minor  3:30
10 N° 2 in A Minor  7:19
11 N° 3 in F-Sharp Minor  2:50
12 N° 4 in B Minor  4:15
13 N° 9 in D Major  3:43

*

Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded at the grand opening of the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory ; June 1, 1983 [Cd. 1] ; & June 1 & 2, 1983 [Cd. 2]

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