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SVIATOSLAV RICHTER: 10 ORIGINAL ALBUMS (10 CDS)
SVIATOSLAV RICHTER: 10 ORIGINAL ALBUMS (10 CDS)

SVIATOSLAV RICHTER: 10 ORIGINAL ALBUMS (10 CDS)

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Sviatoslav Richter was unquestionably one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and this outstanding collection of 10 original albums (with the original sleeves included in a specially-priced box) demonstrates perfectly his art. It is released to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. The legend surrounding the great Russian pianist began at the end of the 1950s, when the first Richter albums appeared in the West and the musical world began to take notice. The recordings of piano concertos by Rachmaninov (in C minor), Prokofiev (in G major) and Schumann that were made in 1958 are still regarded as true highlights of recording history. All are included here alongside such legendary recordings from the Richter discography as Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. This 1958 recording of a live performance in Bulgaria is one of the most quoted benchmark versions of what is probably the composer's most famous work. From the series of recordings made in Russia those of the first two Rachmaninov concertos under Kurt Sanderling (1955 and 1959) are particularly noteworthy. Rachmaninov's works have a special place in Richter's repertoire, and the 6 preludes that can be heard here in a much acclaimed recording made in 1959 numbered among his personal favourites. As Richter played chiefly pieces from the romantic repertoire his well-known recording of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 under Leinsdorf is by no means out of place. Other exceptional recordings of works by Mozart, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Myaskovsky and Saint-Sans made between 1952 and 1959 round off this portrait of a truly great pianist.

Personnel: Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Warsaw National Orchestra, Witold Rowicki, Stanislaw Wislocki (conductor), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf (conductor), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling (conductor), Moscow Youth Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin (conductor), Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki (conductor)

CD 1:

SCHUMANN: PIANO CONCERTO IN A MINOR
1. 1. Allegro affettuoso
2. 2. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
3. 3. Allegro vivace

SCHUMANN
4. Konzertstück G-Dur op. 92 (Introduktion und Allegro appassionato für Klavier und Orchester)
5. NOVELETTE: Nr. 1 F-Dur
6. Toccata C-Dur op. 7


CD 2

BRAHMS: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2
1. 1. Allegro non troppo
2. 2. Allegro appassionato
3. 3. Andante
4. 4. Allegretto grazioso


CD 3

TCHAIKOVSKY: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1
1. 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo
3. 3. Finale: Allegro con fuoco


CD 4

RACHMANINOFF: CONCERTO NO. 1
1. 1. Vivace
2. 2. Andante
3. 3. Allegro vivace

SAINT-SAENS: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 "EGYPTIAN"
4. 1. Allegro animato
5. 2. Andante
6. 3. Molto allegro


CD 5

MUSSORGSKY: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
1. Promenade
2. 1. Der Gnom
3. Promenade
4. 2. Das alte Schloss
5. Promenade
6. 3. Die Tuilerien
7. 4. Der Ochsenkarren
8. Promenade
9. 5. Ballett der unausgeschlüpften Küken
10. 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle
11. Promenade
12. 7. Der Marktplatz von Limoges
13. 8. Die Katakomben
14. 9. Die Hütte der Baba Yaga
15. 10. Das große Tor von Kiew

MYASKOVSKY: 
16. Sonate für Klavier Nr. 3 c-moll op. 19


CD 6:

RACHMANINOFF: CONCERTO NO. 2, OP. 18
1. 1. Moderato
2. 2. Adagio sostenuto
3. 3. Allegro scherzando


4. Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 1 Des-Dur op. 10

CD 7


1. 1. Moderato
2. 2. Adagio sostenuto
3. 3. Allegro scherzando

RACHMANINOFF: PRELUDES
4. Nr. 1 C-Dur
5. Nr. 2 b-moll
6. Nr. 2 B-Dur
7. Nr. 4 D-Dur
8. Nr. 5 g-moll
9. Nr. 7 c-moll


CD 8: 

MOZART: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20, K. 466
1. 1. Allegro
2. 2. Romanze
3. 3. Rondo: Allegro assai

PROKOFIEV: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 IN G MAJOR, OP. 55
4. 1. Allegro con brio
5. 2. Moderato ben accentuato
6. 3. Toccata: Allegro con fuoco più presto che la prima volta
7. 4. Larghetto
8. 5. Vivo


CD 9

SCHUMANN: WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO
1. Nr. 2 Marsch g-moll
2. Nr. 1 Eintritt: Nicht zu schnell
3. Nr. 2 Jäger auf der Lauer: Höchst lebhaft
4. Nr. 3 Einsame Blumen: Einfach
5. Nr. 4 Verrufene Stelle: Ziemlich langsam
6. Nr. 5 Freundliche Landschaft: Schnell
7. Nr. 6 Herberge: Mäßig
8. Nr. 7 Vogel als Prophet: Langsam, sehr zart
9. Nr. 8 Jagdlied: Rasch, kräftig
10. Nr. 9 Abschied: Nicht zu schnell
11. Nr. 1 Des Abends: Sehr innig zu spielen
12. Nr. 2 Aufschwung: Sehr rasch
13. Nr. 3 Warum?: Langsam und zart
14. Nr. 5 In der Nacht: Mit Leidenschaft
15. Nr. 7 Traumes Wirren: Äußerst lebhaft
16. Nr. 6 Ende vom Lied: Mit gutem Humor


CD 10

SOLO WORKS OF LISZT AND SCHUBERT
1. Nr. 11 Harmonies du soir
2. Nr. 5 Feux follets
3. Valse oubliée Nr. 1 S 215,1
4. Valse oubliée Nr. 2 S 215,2
5. Nr. 1 C-Dur
6. Nr. 2 Es-Dur
7. Nr. 4 As-Dur