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Richter in the 1940s
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PACD 96059/60 Sviatoslav Richter in the 1940s
There is still something powerful and mysterious about opening a window on the earliest documented decade of Richter’s career. The two items which begin Disc 2 of this set are the earliest reliably authenticated recordings of Richter performances yet published. The remaining material in this set is also thoroughly authentic, including a complete recital from 1948.
Unlike the Richter in the 1950s series, all of these recordings have previously been published, although in obscure and now-unobtainable editions. Although these items are not entirely new, we felt that few collectors have had access to them previously.
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Sviatoslav Richter – Szymanowski – Limited Edition – Richter 100 Series

PACD 96054/5 Sviatoslav Richter – Szymanowski – Limited Edition – Richter 100 Series
Note: Our arrangement with Polish Radio allows for the production of only 1500 copies. The set will not be reprinted once the initial pressing is sold.
Sviatoslav Richter was a great advocate of the music of Karol Szymanowski. In 1982, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Szymanowski’s birth, Richter put together two complete concerts of Szymanowski’s music. He was joined by soprano Galina Pisarenko and by violinist Oleg Kagan. For these concerts Richter revived works he had played previously and added the two song cycles, two Mazurkas, and the Sonata No. 3 to his repertoire. Click here for complete contents and notes about Sviatoslav Richter – Szymanowski – Limited Edition – Richter 100 Series

PACD 96056 Richter Rarities with Orchestra Buy from Amazon (CD or Download)
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PACD 96056 Richter Rarities with Orchestra
All of these recordings have been published before. But all have become great rarities, and most of the original publications were filled out with extraneous material. Many collectors will find this new edition worthwhile for the Ravel Concerto alone, but the other works are very substantial bonuses.
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Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 1
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PACD 96001/2 Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 1 recorded in 1954 and 1958, includes the only live concert performances published of Richter playing two major works: Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No.7, which was written for him, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Sonata in G Op.37. Click here for complete contents and reviews of Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 1

Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume Two
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PACD 96003/4 Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume Two was recorded in Moscow in 1952 through 1957. All selections are previously unpublished on CD or LP, with the exception of the Scriabin Sonata No. 6, which now appears for the first time as part of the complete recital. This set includes the only live concerts appearance of Richter playing Schumann’s Humoreske, Op.20, and the earliest one of him playing the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto. It also includes the earliest recording of Richter playing one of his greatest interpretations, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in a virtuoso performance from 1952 which contrasts interestingly with his better-known Sofia performance from 1958. Click here for complete contents.

Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 3
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PACD 96005/6 Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume Three was recorded at Moscow recitals in 1954 and 1958. None has ever been published before on CD or LP. The 1958 material included some major discoveries. Most of it is made up of pieces from Liszt’s Années de Pélèrinage, only one of which exists in any other Richter recording. It also offers the offers the only live performance published of Richter playing Beethoven’s famous “Pathétique” Sonata. The 1954 recital includes mostly works of Ravel, including the published Richter performance of Le Gibet from Gaspard de la Nuit , the only selection of that suite he ever played. Two more of the Ravel works, Pavanne pour une infant défunte and Jeux d’eau, are the only Richter performances yet published on CD. The disc concludes with three pieces by Rachmaninov and one by Prokofiev. Click here for complete contents listing.

Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume Four
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PACD 96013/4 Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume Four was recorded at Moscow recitals in 1954 and 1956. the obvious highlight of this set is a 1954 performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano concerto conducted by Herman Abendroth, during a visit to Moscow. It was Richter’s only performance with Abendroth, and it crackles with ntensity. the other material is Prokofiev’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 9 and Gavotte from Cinderella, eight of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues (the largest group Richter ever played at one recital), Bartók’s 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs,, and Scriabin’s Vers La flamme and Poème. All of the recordings are previously unpublished. Click here for complete contents listing.

Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 5
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PACD 96017/18 Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume Five includes:
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828): Piano Sonata in B flat D 960; CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862 – 1918): Prelude No. 11 “La Danse de Puck”; KAROL SZYMANOWSKI (1882 – 1937): Piano Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 21; WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791): Piano Sonata in A minor KV 310; FRANZ LISZT (1811 – 1886): Harmonies Religieuses et Poetiques: No. 4; Poloniase No. 2; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 17; Consolation No. 6; Scherzo & March; ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1858): 4 Fugues, Op. 72

Richter Live in the 1950s Vol. 6
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PACD 96025 – Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 6
This somewhat mysterious concert introduces two new composers (Liadov and Borodin) to the Richter canon. In total, five of the items on the CD are new to the recorded repertoire. The sound of the original recordings was gratifyingly fine and was subject to no audio processing. Click here or on disc image for full contents

Sviatoslav Richter in Leipzig
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PACD 96032 Richter in Leipzig Long-suppressed, this re-issue of the legendary 1963 Leipzig recital features Richter at his incendiary best. The overall sound is improved and the flutter of the original largely gone. Click the disc image or here for complete contents

Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 7 PACD 96046/7
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PACD 96046/7 Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s Volume 7 Parnassus’s ongoing documentation of the little-known early period of Sviatoslav Richter’s career continues with a monumental, mostly unpublished Beethoven recital from 1951. While there are well-known recordings of Richter playing the “Diabelli” Variations from 1971 and 1986, this is the earliest documented performance of his playing of the music. Of the material in this concert, only the “Diabelli” Variations has ever been published before. The remaining material from this concert has never been published in any form. Click here for complete contents of Sviatoslav Richter in the 1950s Volume 7

Richter in Warsaw: The Scriabin Recital PACD 96053 Buy Richter in Warsaw: The Scriabin Recital via Amazon (CD or MP3)
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PACD 96053 Richter in Warsaw: The Scriabin Recital
In 1972, Sviatoslav Richter chose to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Scriabin by performing an all-Scriabin program in three locations. These concerts, while not quite unique, were very uncommon events in Richter’s career. He did not often give concerts devoted to a single composer. Although he played Scriabin’s music throughout his career, concerts devoted entirely to that composer were very scarce; he performed them in public only in 1945, 1957, and in 1972.

DVD - Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven and Chopin PDVD 1201 Buy Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven & Chopin DVD via Amazon
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Sviatoslav Richter fans will also be interested in our first DVD: Sviatoslav Richter Plays Beethoven and Chopin. Live performances of Sviatoslav Richter never before available in the West. These videos, filmed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in October of 1976, show Richter in his prime playing as a soloist in front of an audience.

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Our second Sviatoslav Richter DVD, PDVD 1203 – Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann and Russians, presents the maestro in a complete performance of Faschingsschwank aus Wien, a Richter specialty, from 1976. The remainder of this program presents shorter Schumann works, including another great Richter specialty, the Toccata, all from a 1985 concert. The second program on the disc is almost all Russian music, works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, from a concert of 1982. As a bonus, we include a couple of electric peformances of Debussy


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From noted Richter scholar, Falk Schwarz:
The Recorded Legacy of Sviatoslav Richter 1947-2012

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A review of Richter recordings which mentions Parnassus can be found at The Berkshire Review

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