Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sviatoslav Richter - The Eurodisc Recordings (Part. 2)

ln the course of his career, Richter played more than nine hurdred different works, and yet his repertory contains some startling gaps. He was far from having all of Beethoven’s concertos and sonatas under his belt, and instead of mastering Chopin’s studies and Brahms’s First Piano Concerto, he preferred the concertos of Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakoy. Only in the case of the contemporary avant-garde did he keep his distance : "I don’t like it when music becomes a science and art becomes a science. I want music to give me pleasure." ln spite of this, Richter always spoke admiringly of the music of Pierre Boulez.
Not until the end of 1971 did Richter give his first concerts in what was then the Federal Republic of Germany : Bonn, Hanover and Berlin were the first German cities to hear a pianist who was already fifty-six. The previous September hehad completed a three-week marathon recording session at Schloss Klessheim just outside Salzburg. On the programme were Schumann's Bunte Blätter and Symphonic Studies, Beethoven's Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90, a handful of pieces by Brahms and thirteen of Rachmaninoff's Preludes. "It was a lot of work," Richter reported in his diary, "but the result is three new records [...] In spite of the fact that they are studio recordings, there’s a real atmosphere and a genuine sense of life to them. Let's say they are a success." Richter went on to thank the entire recording team, "especially the elderly and sympathetic Herr Ganss". By this date in his career, Fritz Ganss was one of the most respected producers in the classical music business, revered almost as a cult figure. And with Eurodisc, which had been founded in 1962, he had built up a catalogue featuring star singers that represents an important chapter in the history of German-language opera and operetta recordings.
Richter worked closely with Ganss and his successor, Oskar Waldeck, during his Eurodisc years from 1970 to 1983. And with their very first joint project he passed a milestone in his career with his recording of Book One of The Well-Tempered Clavier that above and beyond its analytical transparency creates a wonderfully fluent and at the same time gloriously calm tonal picture that almost suggests the world of sacred music. Reviewing the set in The Times on 1 September 1973, Stanley Sadie hailed Richter as "a fine Bach player". The whole of Book Two followed in an equally pioneering recording in 1972-73...
Guido Fischer, Translation texthouse (booklet)

Sviatoslav Richter
The Eurodisc Recordings
(Part. 2)

Tracks

Cd. 8

Sergei Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Six Preludes, from Op. 23
1 N° 1 in F-Sharp minor (Largo)  3:56
2 N° 2 in B-Flat major (Maestoso)  3:27
3 N° 4 in D major (Andante cantabile)  4:15
4 N° 5 in G minor (Alla marcia)  3:47
5 N° 7 in C minor (Allegro)  2:27
6 N° 8 in A-Flat major (Allegro vivace)  3:15

Seven Preludes, from Op. 32
7 N° 1 in C major (Allegro vivace)  1:16
8 N° 2 in B-Flat minor (Allegretto)  3:06
9 N° 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)  1:22
10 N° 7 in F major (Moderato)  2:13
11 N° 9 in A major (Allegro moderato)  2:37
12 N° 10 in B minor (Lento)  5:24
13 N° 12 in G-Sharp minor (Allegro)  2:27

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Cd. 9

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

Piano Sonata n° 19 in C minor, Op. posth. (D. 958)
1 I. Allegro  11:29
2 II. Adagio  8:17
3 III. Menuetto. Allegro  3:31
4 IV. Allegro  8:36

5 Impromptu n° 2 in A-Flat Major, D. 935 n° 2  8:11
(Allegretto)

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Cd. 10

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)

Piano Sonata n° 21 in B-Flat major, Op. posth. (D. 960)
1 I. Molto moderato  24:28
2 II. Andante sostenuto  10:01
3 III. Scherzo. Alegro vivace con delicatezza  3:51
4 IV. Allegro ma non troppo  7:50

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Cd. 11

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Piano Sonata n° 3 in C Major, Op. 2, n° 3
1 I. Allegro con brio  10:26
2 II. Adagio  7:37
3 III. Scherzo - Allegro/IV. Allego assai  8:30

Piano Sonata n° 4 in E-Flat Major, Op. 7
4 I. Allegro molto con brio  8:24
5 II. Largo con gran espressione  7:52
6 III. Allegro/IV. Rondo  11:29

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Cd. 12

Frédéric Chopin
(1810-1849)

4 Scherzi
1 N° 1 in B minor, Op. 20  10:25
Presto con fuoco - Agitato - Molto più lento
Tempo I
2 N° 2 in B-Flat minor, Op. 31  9:42
Presto
3 N° 3 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 39  7:26
Presto con fuoco - Meno mosso - Tempo I
Più lento - Tempo I
4 N° 4 in E major, Op. 54   11:32
Presto - Più lento
Tempo I

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Cd. 13

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovsky
(1840-1893)

From "The Seasons", Op. 37 bis
1 N° 5 May. White Nights (Andantino - Allegro giocoso)  4:38
2 N° 6 June. Barcarole (Andante cantabile)  5:44
3 N° 11 November. Troika (Allegro moderato)  2:54
4 N° 1 January. By the Fireplace (Moderato semplice ma esspressivo)  5:13

Serge Rachmaninov
(1873-1943)

Etudes-Tableaux, from Op. 33
5 N° 9 in C-Sharp minor (Grave)  2:37
6 N° 5 in D minor (Moderato)  2:54
7 N° 6 in E-Flat minor (Non allegro)  1:40

Etudes-Tableaux, from Op. 39
8 N° 1 in C minor (Allegro agitato)  2:54
9 N° 2 in A minor (Lento assai)  6:54
10 N° 3 in F-Sharp minor (Allegro molto)  2:46
11 N° 4 in B minor (Allegro assai)  3:34
12 N° 9 in D major. Allegro moderato (Tempo di marcia)  3:39
13 N° 7 in C minor (Lento)  6:58

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Cd. 14

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovsky
(1840-1893)

1 Nocturne in F major, Op. 10, n° 1 (Andante cantabile)  4:29
2 Waltz-Scherzo in A minor, Op. 7  4:14
3 Humoresque in G major, Op. 10, n° 2  2:39
4 Capriccioso in B flat major, Op. 19, n° 5  3:52
5 Chanson triste, Op. 42, n° 2  2:57
6 Waltz in A flat major, Op. 40, n° 8  3:20
7 Romance in F minor, Op. 5  6:34
8 Romance in F major, Op. 51, n° 5  8:39
9 Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, n° 15  3:25
10 L'Espiègle, Op. 72 n° 12  2:07
11 Rêverie du soir, Op. 19, n° 1  4:20
12 Menuetto-Scherzoso, Op. 51, n° 3  4:07
13 Valse de salon, Op. 51, n° 1  5:04
14 Méditation, Op. 72, n° 5  5:19

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Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded at Schloss Klessheim, Salzburg, Austria ; September 1971 [Cd. 8] ; & August 12/13, 1972 [Cd. 9] ; at Schloss Anif, Salzburg, Austria ; November 6, 8/9, 1972 [Cd. 10] ; at Polyhymnia Wien, Austria ; April 3/14, 1975 [Cd. 11] ; in Munich, Germany ; July 25 & 30, 1977 [Cd. 12] ; at Studio 3 of the Bavarian Radio, München, Germany ; April 1983 [Cd. 13 & 14]