Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Scriabin (Warsaw, 1972)

In June of 1972, Richter left Moscow to begin a busy five-month tour of Europe, during wich time he gave more than two dozen concerts — solo recitals, concertos, chamber music, Lieder — and recorded Book Two of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and late sonatas by Schubert, for Eurodisc/Melodiya. He played in Copenhagen, Venice, Innsbruck, Prague, Strasbourg, Berlin, Potsdam, and other cities, and at festivals in Tours and Salzburg. He returned to Moscow after two recitals in Warsaw on 27 and 28 October, the first of wich is documented in this recording. Scriabin was the composer Richter played most often on this tour, usually in mixed recitals that included works by Mendelssohn and Chopin, but on a few occasions — including the two Wasaw concerts — in an all-Scriabin program.
Scriabin did not always figure so prominently in Richter's repertoire, however. In a diary entry from 1980, published in Bruno Monsaingeon's recent book Richter : Ecrits, conversations, Richter confided that he was not attracted to Scriabin's music in his youth — "salonnarde" was how he thought of it back then. But he learned to understand and love Scriabin through two of his colleagues : his teacher Neuhaus, and the pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky, who was and is widely regarded as a definitive interpreter of Scriabin's music.
("Scriabin is made for Sofronitsky," Richter wrote "just as Sofronitsky is made for Scriabin.") Still, Richter admitted that he never became a real "scriabinien pur jus" — a Compleat Scriabinite. His interest in this music waxed and waned, and Scriabin is not the top ten of composers he played most frequently. Scriabin"s music, he wrote, cannot be one's "daily bread" ; rather, it is "a heady liqueur one gets drunk on from time to time, a poetic opium, a piece of crystal easily broken."...
Kevin Bazzana, from the booklet

Sviatoslav Richter
Plays
Alexander Scriabin 
(1872-1915)

Tracks

Preludes
1 Op. 11 n° 2 in A  2:30
2 Op. 11 n° 3 in G  0:43
3 Op. 11 n° 5 in D  1:45
4 Op. 11 n° 9 in E  1:35
5 Op. 11 n° 10 in C-Sharp  1:07
6 Op. 11 n° 11 in B  1:11
7 Op. 11 n° 12 in G-Sharp  1:21
8 Op. 11 n° 15 in D-Flat  2:26
9 Op. 11 n° 16 in B-Flat  1:09
10 Op. 11 n° 17 in A-Flat  0:37
11 Op. 11 n° 18 in F  0:50
12 Op. 11 n° 24 in D  0:55
13 Op. 13 n° 1 in C  2:32
14 Op. 13 n° 4 in E  0:42
15 Op. 37 n° 1 in B flat  1:49
16 Op. 37 n° 2 in F-Sharp  0:42
17 Op. 37 n° 3 in B  1:50
18 Op. 37 n° 4 in G minor  0:45
19 Op. 39 n° 3 in G  1:04
20 Op. 39 n° 4 in A flat  0:42
21 Op. 59 n° 2 "Prelude" 1:03
22 Op. 74 n° 1 "Douloureux"  0:59
23 Op. 74 n° 3 "Très lent, contemplatif"  0:35
24 Op. 74 n° 4 "Allegro drammatico"  1:51

Piano Sonata n° 2 in G sharp minor
("Sonata-Fantasy"), Op. 19
25 Andante  7:26
26 Presto  3:39

Etudes from Op. 42
27 N° 2 in F-Sharp  0:49
28 N° 3 in F-Sharp  0:40
29 N° 4 in F-Sharp  2:45
30 N° 5 in C-Sharp  2:43
31 N° 6 in D-Flat  1:44
32 N° 8 in E-Flat  2:08

33 Piano Sonata n° 5 in F-Sharp major, Op. 53  10:45

34 Piano Sonata 9 ("Black Mass"), Op. 68  7:57

35 Poème for piano in C major, Op. 52 n ° 1  2:28

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Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded in Performance, Warsau, Poland ; October 27, 1972

5 comments:

pedro gamundi said...

Gracias

Dirk Bill said...

Please re-post your Scriabin to something other than lix.in, as these links are all dead. I would really really appreciate it.

Dirk Bill said...

Wow, you are fast and most generous! Thank you for this and the Sofronitsky too.

Juby said...

Thank you for your generosity.

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