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Sviatoslav Richter In Helsinki

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata #7, Op. 10 #3 In D Major: I. Presto
  2. Sonata #7, Op. 10 #3 In D Major: II. Largo e mesto
  3. Sonata #7, Op. 10 #3 In D Major: III. Menuetto-Trio
  4. Sonata #7, Op. 10 #3 In D Major: IV. Rondo. Allegro
  5. Fashingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: Allegro
  6. Fashingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: II. Romanze
  7. Fashingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: III. Scherzino
  8. Fashingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: IV. Intermezzo
  9. Fashingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: V. Finale
  10. Polnaise Fantaisie, Op. 61 In Ab Major: Allegro maestoso
  11. Valse Brillante, Op. 34 #3 In F Major: Vivace
  12. Valse, Op. 70 #3 In F Major: Moderato
  13. Mazurka In A Minor, Op. posth #2
  14. Etude: Op. 25 #7 In C# Minor: Lento
  15. Scherzo, Op. 54 #4 In E Major: Presto


Product Details

  • Composer: Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin
  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music & Arts Program
  • ASIN: B0000061G1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Okay, Santa Fe is right, the price is very high.

There may not be many copies of this CD available. Supply low, demand high equals price. And maybe there aren't many people willing to let go of their copies because the performance is remarkable, unlike anything I've heard of his, live or otherwise. The Beethoven tipped me off immediately that this was special; I did not recognize it.

And, yes, Santa Fe is right, the sound is not up to standards. But Sviatoslav Richter was not well served by most of his recordings; he seemed to fall into the deep holes in the decrepit Soviet technologies and into the worst of the Western technologies of his day. Can anyone point to a wonderful-sounding recording of his? With a terrific performance, too? But the energy comes through—Richter sounds as though he's in mortal combat with the piano which must have been a wonderful monster.

So, maybe you'll find one of these CDs some where at a lower price. People are letting go of their physical collections everyday. My copy, for instance, was discovered at a thrift store for $1.99. Start looking.
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The absurd price being asked for this CD on the used market will no doubt be enough to put buyers off, but in case the unwary are tempted, I must report that the sound is dismal, Richter's piano being reduced to a thumping, boomy blur that is frankly unlistenable. Too bad, because the recital in Helsinki from August, 1976 includes a potent account of two Richter favorites, Beethoven's Op. 10 no. 3 sonata, in which he found strong shades of the composer's middle period, and Schumann's "other" carnival piece besides Carnaval, Fashingsschwank aus Wien, given a rollicking, high-spirited reading. Luckily, because they are favorites we have rival performances that sound much better.
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