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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.958, D.960 ~ Richter

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  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter
  • Composer: Schubert
  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musical Concepts / Alto
  • ASIN: B003E1QD4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This recording is great evidence for the title of my review. This CD of Schubert's 19th and 21st piano sonatas was originally released on the Regis label and now it returns with the Alto label on it's cover. It is the exact same thing. The final three Schubert piano sonatas are some of the best piano music of their time and here is a great way of acquiring two of them played by a master. These sonatas don't foreshadow the virtuosic, rhetorical style of the upcoming Romantic generation but instead are indebted to the lofty thought of Beethoven's late piano music. In fact, Schubert's music here is rarely virtuosic. It is instead contemplative and most virtuosos don't play them. Richter, one of the greatest virtuosos ever, knew how to escape into Schubert's intimate world and he had few if any peers in this music.

The 19th sonata in C minor explodes at the opening in Richter's hands and he makes every possibility for dramatic contrast, making so many other Schubert players sound dull by comparison. The second and third movements are wonderfully played as well but it's the finale that is most impressive, with a sinister drive towards the finish. I would rank this performance very high for the C minor work.

Schubert's final sonata, the magnificent 21st, D960 in B flat major trumps anything else the composer wrote in this form. It was written in the last year of the young composer's life alongside a staggering number of other masterworks including the String Quintet. It shares the profound thought and reflection of that chamber score. Richter's performance of the first movement is the slowest I've ever heard. Clocking in at an incredible 24:31 Richter takes every opportunity to linger over connecting passages and takes his time to soothe the listener with lyricism.
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I recently reviewed, and greatly appreciated, Brendel's late '80's studio account of the D.960. Richter's first movement comes in at about ten minutes longer, just so you know! Obviously, it's a completely different conception of the first two movements of the sonata -- closer to Kovacevich than to Brendel -- but Richter makes it work. First of all, the designation "Molto moderato" could apply quite well to Richter's tempo -- it's not fast, obviously, but it's very steady, and the concentration of the playing is awesome. Even the pauses tell -- and you can hear what's going on because you have time to savor it. The left hand part doesn't get lost. The playing is also very precise, with a dynamic range that's wide and good tone, well rendered in early 1970's analogue sound. Unlike Brendel, Richter goes for a unified effect in the first movement that he carries off, to my ears, with great success. It's not at all upbeat -- a bit grim and stoic and forbidding -- and he carries that over into the first subject of the second movement, which is played with great refinement. Then comes the surprise -- the second subject is relatively quick, and it's as if a corner has been turned, hope has asserted itself, and the last two quicker movements have been foreshadowed. Kovacevich has a very different effect here: that second subject is the stoical plod in his reading. Richter's last two movements are played with great spirit and lovely touch, and their tempi are pretty standard. This is a good example of a reading that convinces you almost despite yourself -- a magician at work. The D.958 is finely played too, so the disc is well worth acquiring. These recordings are the same as the ones that were earlier available on Regis.
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For years, I had been looking for a good recording of Richter performing Schubert's D. 960 sonata and stopped looking once I found a reasonably fine live performance on Praga (Richter in Prague - Schubert: Piano Sonata,d.960; Impromptu,d.899:4 / Liszt: Polonaise No. 2). I had not yet become familiar with the Olympia series from which this CD originates, and this CD has the finest sounding Richter performance of D. 960 I have yet run across. And it is an even more compelling and perfect performance than the fine reading on Praga, both of which are played with the same remarkable interpretive approach. BTW, while a previous reviewer seemed have tracking problems with parts of D. 960 on their copy of the CD, I can only suggest that it was a problem with their CD copy or player, because mine is playing perfectly.

The D. 958 is actually an even better engineered recording, with a fuller frequency and dynamic range that produces an even more accurate piano sound. It was recorded only a few months earlier than D. 960, but at an apparently different venue, perhaps equipped with better microphones. As others have noted, Richter's intimate approach is remarkable in one endowed with such complete virtuosity. I might suggest that his virtuosity supplies the technical confidence that allows an already sensitive artist such complete intimacy.
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It's much much slower than the version of Brendel and other versions I've listened to. However, it's so attractive and it does move me. Becoming pure and obtaining serenity after listening to it.
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Richter is a great pianist and it shows in this collection. I disagree with other reviewers when they claim some of his renditions are too slow. I love the slowest pieces most of all. I have a wonderful art print up on one of my walls titled "Schubert At The Piano" painted by Gustav Klimt. I visualize it when it is out of sight and I am listening to a Schubert sonata. The six intelligent and sensitive people present in this great work of art look to be transfixed by each other and by the music. Many composers seem to learn patterns of notes that please their audiences, then repeat these patterns in their compositions. Schubert seems to be much different. He seems more genuinely creative and spontaneous, letting his music roll this way and that like ocean waves from one storm being buffeted by waves from a an entirely different one.
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