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Our Own CDs - contemporary and historical re-issue classical CDs Sviatoslav Richter Live in the 1950s: Reviews

American Record Guide

From "American Record Guide"

...In his younger days, Richter's repertory and style were more those of a concert virtuoso than the thoughtful end deeply probing musi cian he became. But even then, he never dis- played his prodigious technical skills merely for their own sake; he always used them, with utter naturalness and total commitment, to make wonderfully romantic and very beautiful music. Here, for instance, is a 1955 perfor mance of Schumann's Humoresque (which he recorded only once again, a year later)--that strange piece, with its host of ideas elbowing each other aside from beginning to end--that is brilliant, passionate, and deeply moving. His ferocious version of Prokofiev's thorny Sonata 7 is wholly convincing in musical terms. In this early version of Pictures, he does not yet have the mastery of style and content of his 1958 Sofia performance, but the finale ('The Great Gate of Kiev') is a glorious triumph of sonority piled on sonority. In the Tchaikovsky Concerto, the orchestra is pretty awful and the first movement is curiously disjointed, but he ends the piece with an astonishing burst of pyrotechnics. The Rachmaninoff Preludes are played with dark passion, intensity, and a remarkable range of tone and.color. And so on, with other pleasures too numerous to mention.

The sound on these discs is not great, and there is a fair amount of audience noise, but neither problem is so bad that it interferes seriously with our appreciation. They are essential for Richter fans, fascinating for those interested in following the development of a great artist, and very rewarding for everyone else who loves to hear beautiful music superbly played.

MORIN American Record Guide May/June 1997

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