Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Haydn & Mozart

The Haydn-Mozart-Beethoven triumvirate is not something invented by historians - it was, in fact, invented by Beethoven himself, for whom life and history were inseparable. "With the assistance of arduous study you will receive the spirit of Mozart from the hands of Haydn", wrote Count Waldstein to the young composer, who, less than a year after Mozart's death, hurried off to Vienna to study with Haydn. Beethoven arrived in Vienna with the precise intention of becoming the heir to Mozart and Haydn. The 19th century audience promptly took him at his word - they saw in him the successor, the torch-bearer, the one who would perfect the Haydn-Mozart legacy - to the extent of listening to Beethoven's music morning, noon and night, and to the music of Haydn and Mozart hardly ever. Mozart extracted his revenge in the 20th century ; after a brief tussle with Bach around the 1950s, he emerged victorious and his domination appears today as unshakeable as ever. Will things continue thus into the 21st century ? Or will the other two champions of Wiener klassik, Haydn and Schubert, reemerge ? The performance of Schubert's piano repertoire has made great strides forward in the last half century, whilst Haydn's piano repertore lags behind somewhat. Haydn was, ans still is, championed by few performers. In the last century the great pianists included in their repertoire Haydn's Variations in F minor, Mozart's Rondo in A minor and Fantasia in D minor ; there were occasional attempts at two or three of Mozart's sonatas or the Fantasia in C major and the Sonata n° 52 by Haydn. Arthur Schnabel was the first in this century to regulary perform Mozart and it was he who gave the first all-Viennese recitals ; Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, with Haydn once again conspicuous by his absence. The only member of the so-called "80s generation" who frequently performed Haydn, well into old age, was Wilhelm Backhaus ; the Variations were sometimes included, sometimes not, and only the Sonata n° 52 was performed with any degree of frequency, even by such virtuosos as Vladimir Horowitz.
Sviatoslav Richter was the first pianist of international repute to create in his repertoire a reasonable balance between Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert...
Sivia Limongelli (translation Emma French)
From the booklet

Sviatoslav Richter


Franz-Jospeh Haydn

Sonata in C minor, Hob. n° 20
1 I. Moderato  12:28
2 II. Andante con moto  8:20
3 III. Finale, Allegro  6:59

4 Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII n° 6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonate in C minor, K. 457
6 I. Allegro  9:21
7 II. Adagio  8:19
8 III. Allegro  6:09


Sviatoslav Richter - p

Recorded at Abbaye Notre-Dame de la Fidélité ; Jouques (France) ; February 22, 1992 [# 1-3] ; & Konzertsaal, Zug (Switzerland) ; October 2, 1991 [# 5-8]


Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Merci mille fois!
Philipp Schwartzerdt

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel
Your SR's collection is marvellous.

Wade Cottingham said...

thank you mel for this Richter 1992