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Sviatoslav Richter: Recital in Leipzig (1963)
Posted By : sankarihauta | Date : 05 Feb 2022 13:59:27 | Comments : 3

Sviatoslav Richter: Recital in Leipzig (1963)
Classical | 1 CD | EAC, no log | 144 MB | FLAC (individual tracks) | TT: 78:52 | RapidShare
Recorded: 1963, Leipzig Gewandhaus | Released : 1998 | Label: PACD 96031
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

This recording preserves the complete concert of November 28, 2021 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. It is the only published recording of one of Richter’s favorite programs: the last three Sonatas of Beethoven. While Richter played this music throughout most of his career and programmed these three Sonatas together as late as 1991, this recording is the only one ever issued with all three as performed at a single concert.

I cannot put into words how impressed I am with this recording. Beethoven only got better with age, and--although it is hard to improve on the Appassionata or Hammerklavier--these last three sonatas are as good as anything he created. They are not very much alike, except that they begin with something simple and progress up and up and up until they reach a sort of transcendence. Richter's interpretations are very powerful. I have recordings of the same works by Schnabel and Pollini -- Pollini's version is a bit colorless when contrasted with this recording; Schnabel's is the reference edition, but Richter compares to it favorably. The works by Brahms and Chopin are as well-played as the sonatas; sound quality is excellent. (customer reivew on Amazon.com)


1. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109: Vivace
2. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109: Prestissimo
3. Sonata No. 30 In E Major, Op. 109: Adante molto cantanile ed espressivo
4. Sonata No. 31 in A flat minor, Op. 110: Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
5. Sonata No. 31 in A flat minor, Op. 110: Allegro molto
6. Sonata No. 31 in A flat minor, Op. 110: Adagio ma non troppo / Fuga. Allegro, ma non troppo
7. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111: Maestoso / Allegro con brio ed appassionato
8. Sonata No. 32 In C Minor, Op. 111: Arietta. Adagio molto semplice (e) cantabile

9. Opus 118 No. 3 Ballade in G minor: Allegro energico
10. Opus 118 No. 6 Intermezzo in E flat minor: Adante, largo e mesto
11. Opus 119 No. 3 Intermezzo in C major: Grazioso e giocose

12. Nocturne Op. 15 No. 1 in F major: Adante cantabile / Con fuoco

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Posted By: FreddieCouples Date: 05 Feb 2022 14:43:38
Excellent post!
Posted By: DanseDePuck Date: 06 Feb 2022 21:53:44
The most inspired Richter in these works at this venue! Many thanks!
Posted By: crab9 Date: 07 Feb 2022 08:58:46
Thank you. I have this set, but missing Op 109. An earlier issue perhaps? Anyway, I'm grateful for the opportunity to complete the trilogy.
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